I understand that dressing for a business dinner can be stressful. But don't worry, I've got you covered with some tips and ideas to help you feel confident and comfortable.
1. Dress appropriately for the occasion. Most business dinners will be semi-casual, which means you should dress one step above what you might wear to the office daily. If it’s a more formal business dinner in a nice restaurant, you can dress up more, but in some cases, it’s not advisable to dress better than your boss because he might get offended.
2. Wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. It's important to dress in a way that reflects your personal style and makes you feel good about yourself.
3. Choose clothes that are appropriate for the occasion. Try a pencil, A-line, or pleated skirt in a solid color or a pinstripe or herringbone pattern. If the skirt has a slit, make sure it is a modest one and appropriate when sitting. You can pair it with a blouse or a blazer. You can also wear pants with a blouse or a blazer. Avoid anything too tight or too revealing.
4. Dresses are a natural choice for business casual attire. It’s one item on and off you go to work. With dresses, you don’t have to worry about what pants match which top or vice versa. They also work well with business casual cardigans and blazers when the weather is chillier. Necklines and sleeves should follow the rules noted above for blouses. Hemlines for both skirts and dresses can range from a few inches above the knee to just below the knee.
5. Avoid anything that looks like you’re hanging out with friends, going to a picnic, going to a party/club, or going on a date. This includes crop tops, sundresses, sequins, neon, and super tight clothes.
6. Wear comfortable shoes that are appropriate for the occasion. Avoid flip flops, clogs, stilettos, and high-platform shoes.
Remember, dressing appropriately can often make or break a career, so it’s wise to follow a few simple rules when it comes to business casual for women. It's also a good idea to check with your colleagues or supervisor to see if there are any specific dress code requirements for the event.
Good luck and have fun!