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Dressing for Happy Hour: Network Wardrobe Essentials


Happy hour is not just the time for you to relax and to know your colleagues better. It is also a networking opportunity where you can meet people who work at other companies and you may even be inspired to start a side project. Therefore, it is important that people have the proper impression of you whether you plan to take your career to the next level or to start something small on the side. Here are a few essentials you should have in your closet to look professional and dapper at the same time.

Dress shirts will never go out of style. Dress shirts are your best bet when it comes to dressing for professional events. Ensure you find one that has a tailored fit so that you don’t look overwhelmed by the shirt. While bold prints and colours can make a statement, it is best to stay away from them in professional events. Neutrals offer a sharp look, without it being too much of a distraction.

Trousers offer the perfect balance of casual and formal. They can be worn with something as simple as a t-shirt or a tailored dress shirt. Remember to get your trousers tailored because there is nothing more unflattering than legs that are too long or pants that look as though they may fall off any moment. This is the piece that can make or break your look.

Throw on a slim-fit blazer to finish the look. If you are wearing a lot of neutrals already, you should try a jacket with a classic pattern. Whether you choose checks, plaid, or Houndstooth, these bold patterns offer some visual diversity while maintaining a sense of formality. With these simple tips, you will be ready for any networking along the way.