Business events are more difficult to dress for most career women than men. Men have a uniform for black tie events, a traditional tuxedo. Women are expected to turn out in something stylish and be in good taste. Good taste dresses for a black tie event means not too low, knee or floor length, and not too tight. Cocktail dresses are more modern today than floor length dresses. It is best not to have a lot of skin showing when attending any business functions during the day or evening. Save your off the shoulder gown / dress for social functions with friends. Sometimes it is smart and mysterious not to bare all. You can look stylish in a covered up dress that fits you perfectly. Black dresses are always safe for business functions and there are a large number of styles to choose from. However something in color is perfectly acceptable if it is in good taste and a solid color dress (prints are not business like). A colored dress is a way to set yourself apart from the crowd. In addition it is important to have a great hairstyle, flattering makeup and be perfectly groomed for all events.
Dressing for Evening Business Events
Evening business events after work are usually a little more dressy than daytime office attire. Dress on the conservative side (forget sparkly and shiny) since you will be judged by others. Your presentation might mean getting or not getting a promotion. You want to look poised and that you have good judgement at every business event.
Color and Business Attire
Color implies energy and a youthful attitude. Top executives in any company set the fashion trends for the office workers. Women who have reached high levels in their fields are more confident and not afraid to wear more color even in many conservative companies. Before you decide on how much color you can wear to the office consider the top executives and how they dress. The type of work environment in your organization is another important factor.