02/21/2014 by Carney Sandoe Staff |

Fashion Month at CS&A: Conference Attire

four examples of professional business attire for men and women

February marks fashion month, when all eyes turn to New York, Milan, and Paris for the latest designs and hottest looks. Here at CS&A, however, February has a different meaning: hiring conference season. February is probably the busiest month of the year for us at CS&A as we prepare our schools and candidates for our seven hiring events that run nearly every week until April. Hundreds of schools and candidates from around the U.S. and overseas have already started making their way to our hiring conferences in held in locations across the country.

While our FORUMs can be extremely helpful for your job search, they can also be stressful–you’ll have to make travel arrangements, prepare for interviews, and, last but not least, decide what outfit to wear on the big day. As you start to sift through your closet and line up your options, take a look at some of CS&A’s fashion Do’s and Dont’s for this year’s conference season.

FASHION DO’S:

Choosing the right article of clothing can be somewhat difficult: you don’t want to blend in with everyone else wearing the same black dress, but you also don’t want your sartorial selection to make you appear unprofessional. The most important thing to remember when choosing an article of clothing to wear to a conference is that it should not distract from the conversation. If you have the right basic clothing (ie: business-appropriate skirt, dress, and slacks) then you can personalize it with bold, bright colors and accessories. Select comfortable, shoes such as flats or mid-height pumps. The bottom line: Dress to impress, as you would for any job interview.

Here are some examples of appropriate, yet individualized, looks. Note: these pieces include splurges and saves and are just a template for the kind of look you want–don’t think you need to spend a lot to look good!

Via Polyvore.  See more details here.

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • Skirts: make sure the skirt is knee-length. Match the skirt with a nice top and/or cardigan or blazer.
  • Dresses: your dress should also fall to the knee and should be conservative (i.e., cover your shoulders, back, etc.). You can match your dress with a cute sweater or blazer, or if it has sleeves you can leave as is.
  • Slacks: slacks should not be skin-tight. Wear appropriately-heeled shoes: your hem should not drag on the floor.
  • Shoes: Don’t test out new shoes (especially heels!) for the first time at a conference. There’s nothing worse than limping along as a bloody blister tortures your heel. You want your walk, as well as your speech, to project confidence. Break your shoes in before the conference!
  • Hair: If you have long hair, we suggest tying it back—or at least making that it’s away from your face. If you have the tendency to play with your hair when you’re nervous, grab a barrette or a hair tie. Make sure that you go into the interview looking sharp, confident, and not distracted.
  • Accessories: If you have piercings, it’s fine to leave them in. You want your personality to show, so don’t feel like you have to remove your earrings, nose ring, etc.
  • Jewelry: Keep it simple. Wear small earrings, a small necklace, etc.
  • Make-up: Again, keep it simple. The more natural you look, the better since you don’t want it to distract from your conversation or for you to feel uncomfortable if you think anything has smudged.

FASHION DON’TS:

  • Jeans
  • Leggings
  • Low-cut shirts
  • Too-high heels
  • Overuse of perfume

FASHION DO’S:

The easiest thing to remember when you attend our conferences is to wear business formal. A coat and tie should definitely complete your conference look. Don’t go for professorial business casual—a sweater vest over a collared shirt, for example—in this case, traditional is best. Wear a pair of dress shoes, and make sure they’re not too scuffed or dirty.

Via Polyvore.  See more details here.

FASHION DON’TS:

  • Jeans
  • T-Shirts
  • Sneakers
  • Wearing business casual instead of business formal
  • Overuse of cologne

Now that you have your outfit all planned out, you can focus on the most important part of the conferences: preparing for successful, meaningful interviews—and landing a great new job!

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