Look Classy At The Annual Meet: 5 Styling Tips For Business Professionals

Do you know how we look and what we wear affect how others perceive us? Yes, it’s true!

 

You can wear any clothes with friends, family and get-togethers; however, it is not the case with corporate events. The professional life demands much more from you than formal communication skills. You should dress to impress at all times, especially for corporate meets like seminars, conferences, team building events, product launch events and annual meets.

One should dress to their own style, after recognising their limitations and possibilities. Your attire should be tasteful, elegant and should underline your personality & character. This will also boost your confidence in all the other aspects of life, both personal and professional.

 

Read on to learn essential styling tips to ensure a memorable, classy look on all occasions:

 

  • Comfort should be your priority

Never prefer style to comfort because when you are not feeling right about a particular outfit, then you will not be able to pull it off. It will affect your confidence adversely. The first step is to follow the protocol of the office, i.e. what are your colleagues planning to wear. The second step is to know what is the purpose of the event, i.e. will you be meeting the CEO, will you be addressing your team or will you be addressing potential clients, etcetera. Dark clothing is preferred and considered more professional than other colours. If everyone is going to wear business casuals, then you can go for them as well. Just make sure they fit you well, and you feel confident about wearing them.

 

  • Keep it clean

Messy hair, untrimmed nails, unironed clothes and dirty shoes are a complete no! You have to make sure that your clothes and shoes are clean and shiny, ironed well and your hair is tied in a clean bun or blow-dried neatly. Similarly, your nails should be trimmed and polished tidely.

 

  • Always dress up

Naturally, you should always dress up and never down. If you are confused about what to wear, then an evening gown or a cocktail dress with high heels will be perfect for a dinner party and a formal white shirt with a dark coloured shirt with formal shoes will enhance your appearance.

  • Bling isn’t the thing

Don’t ever go for anything bling-y. It is considered extremely unprofessional and casual, so avoid it at all costs. This includes your accessories and footwear as well. Try to choose a darker colour for clothes, preferably blue, black or red. Moreover, wear solid shades and simple footwear and accessories to complement your look.

 

Note: Professional does not mean dull. You can spruce up your clothes with interesting jewellery and footwear; keeping in mind the importance of leaving them at a loss for words.

 

  • Be memorable

Your attire should help you stand out. It should leave a memorable impression on the guests. Your clothes will enhance your impact by ensuring that your guests are focussed at you when you are addressing them.

The first impression is the last impression! Heard of this before?

Your clothes are the first thing that anyone will notice when you enter a conference or an annual meet. So, you have to make sure that it is a positive, memorable impression. A little bling bracelet or a messy hair bun can affect your first impression severely; making you known as the person who doesn’t care about their appearance. Be recognised for your excellent skills, extraordinary work and unparalleled fashion sense!

Dress well! Dress professionale!

3 Primary Attire Suggestions for Corporate Events and Corporate Away Days

Attire is a crucial consideration for a corporate event as well as corporate away days. What will be suitable for the day is something that everyone wonders.

Are you planning to go on a corporate trip or event soon? Are you one of those who is always confused about his/her attire?

The professional setting expects you to wear formal attire and also groom yourself to look tidy & presentable.

Read on to know more about different dress codes for corporate events and away days:

Three primary formal attires are as follows:

 

  1. Business casual

The most puzzling thought is what can be termed as business casual; trousers, skirts, shirts and what not? For men, dark coloured trousers and a collared shirt is considered business casual, i.e. no t-shirts, chinos or Chinese-collared shirts. While women have many options, like knee-length shirts, dark coloured trousers, dresses with a blouse and collared shirts. There is a thin line between casual, business casual and business attire, so wear what is suitable for the event.

  1. Business attire

A black suit for men and a knee-length skirt or a dress with a blouse for women is considered business attire. Black or dark brown shoes for men and closed toe shoes for women are the preferred footwear.

  1. Black tie

Certain events expect men to wear a suit along with a black tie and women to wear knee-length dresses with formal footwear. It is usually mentioned in the invitation if the event dress code is black tie or not.

Attire suggestions as per the occasion:

Note: Always check the invitation to know what is expected from you, i.e. business casual, business attire and black tie.

 

  • Corporate away days include team building activities and sometimes, an evening party to celebrate and lighten up the competitive mood. So, you have multiple attire options for such events, i.e. during the day, you can wear business casual or simply a casual attire (t-shirt & jeans for men and top & shirt for women) to be comfortable while competing in different activities & games. Moreover, for the evening party, you can either go for subtle business casual or business attire, if the invitation does not mention “black tie”.
  • Corporate events are of various types, such as:
    1. Conferences
    2. Seminars
    3. Product launch events
    4. Board meetings
    5. Dinner parties
    6. Team building events

And many more.

 

The dress code varies as per the type of event, so always check the invitation first (already mentioned above). The second step is to discuss with your colleagues to avoid any confusion. The following can help you make better decisions:

  1. Prefer ‘black tie’ dress code for dinner parties
  2. Prefer ‘business casual’ dress code for seminars, conferences and team building events
  3. Prefer ‘business attire’ dress code for product launch events and board meetings.

 

The idea is to look presentable and formal; maintaining the image of the organisation.

 

Some Other Tips To Ensure Maximum Impact

 

The following add-ons will help you present yourself in the best possible manner:

 

  1. Make sure you have a decent haircut, and your beard is trimmed appropriately.
  2. Women should always keep their hair tied neatly (except for dinner parties because they can flaunt their hairstyle at such events).
  3. Keep your shoes polished, and attires ironed to look neat and tidy.
  4. Avoid casual accessories like sporty wristbands or rings; instead, prefer a decent watch.
  5. Make sure you use a strong cologne because some of the above-mentioned events might make you sweaty.

 

The way you look and present yourself says a lot about your organisation, so always keep this in mind before getting ready for a corporate event or away day.

Look formal! Look charming! Look your best!

Weddings Rings to Bouquets: Twisting Wedding Traditions to Create Unique Wedding Trends!

Wedding day is one of the most important days! Is it around the corner? Or do you have time to plan? Whichever is the case, do not hesitate. Getting cold feet? Well, it is natural, but if she/he is the one, then there is no need to. Sure, you cannot peek into the future, neither can we! But, you should make your today beautiful. And when it comes to weddings, every bride and groom (and perhaps their parents too!) want to leave their unique stamp to the event.  

Wedding dress, matching wedding rings, cake, decorations, venue, caterer and seating arrangement! All checked out and you are ready. It is going to be an amazing spectacle. Traditions are good, but why not twist them a bit! Or, rather create a medley! Combine the old with a bit of the new.

New traditions are anyways taking over with the popularity of promise rings. Did you know that you will be able to find weddings bands, rings and promise rings in UK at different stores like Perkin Knives? The best news is that they have a variety of rings that many may not feel to be traditional, but, look out of this world.

How can you create Unique Wedding Moments by Twisting the Traditions?

Something old, something new! This should be the mantra of your wedding and reception party. The guests are bound to be amazed (pleasantly). With some twists in the plot, you will be able to bring uniqueness to the plate. What are the twists, you ask? Well, here are some twists that have been tried by many and seen success:

  1.       The Bridal Bouquet:

Did you know that the bridal bouquets go back to Ancient Greece? Yes, they do! Back then, brides would be carrying wedding bouquets made with garlic, herb and spices. Some even had sage as a way to represent wisdom.

Nowadays, the wedding bouquet has become somewhat as important as the dress! Did you see Kate’s and Meghan’s wedding bouquet? Truly royal! You may not like it that extravagant, or if you do, then go ahead! You have a huge array of choices from beautiful blush roses to marvellous peonies and hydrangeas.

  1. Desserts:

 

The wedding cake is another centre of attention! It is usually a three or four tier cake, with a bride and groom on top (of plastic or fondant of course). But, why just have a cake? It looks amazing and is sure to wow the guests, but it has featured in too many weddings. Set yours apart with some quirky ideas!  

How about a candy bar or maybe a cake made of smaller cupcakes? You could also go for donuts! Who doesn’t love a good donut? Everyone does! Do you have someone, like your mom, who bakes an awesome cake? Does that stir up childhood memories of birthdays? Well, why not get her some help and hand over the job to her? A personal touch to your special day is always awesome!

  1.       Entertainment:

Wedding is the important part of the day, but so is the reception party! What have you thought about entertainment? Yes, the music and wedding DJ are fine, but no more? Why not add some quirky elements? Add a photo booth; these have gained popularity, paving the path for quirky and funny photos. Hire an astrologer to set up an astrology booth. The line outside can surprise you! If your budget is limited, then go for some interactive and interesting lawn games.

  1.       The Ring Bearer:

This task is usually performed by the little ones of the family! The tradition is said to have descended from ancient Egypt. But, we are not in ancient times anymore! So, why not twist it a bit? Love your four-legged buddy? Or, are you a paw parent?  No issues! Get your dog to be the ring bearer. They can either carry the ring bearing basket in their mouth; or, if they have a naughty streak, fix the ring box on a pillow and tie the pillow to his/her back. The “awwwws” from the guests is sure to be a memorable moment!

  1.       The Wedding Rings:

Everyone usually goes for gold, silver or platinum! But, modern time has given us many more options. So, why not try those rings? Did you know that Damascus steel can forge beautiful rings, even the diamond ones? Yes, you heard it right! Not knives, but rings! Other metal options include palladium, titanium and many more. Before picking out the rings do some research and then choose the wedding bands or rings! A non-traditional wedding band, engagement ring or promise ring in UK is quite easy to find. There are many reputed stores!

Feeling excited about the wedding? You should! When you include such amazing twists in it, you will form memories and stories worth sharing with your future generations. Just make sure that you do not stray very far from traditions. For example — Wedding dress is supposed to be white! Do not go and pick a black one. The twists should be sweet and awe-inspiring, not offend anyone (say, the extended family!)! Keep this in mind and integrate the necessary twists to have a unique and beautiful wedding!