Business clothes for formal events are a challenge for many women. One wants to look good and professional at the same time. If you are serious about climbing the corporate ladder or accompanying someone who is, a formal business event calls for covered up clothing. You are being judged whether it is a regular business day or a formal awards dinner and you want to be judged on your good judgement and expertise. As far as dress length a long dress is traditional for formal/black tie events however today knee-length dresses are acceptable. If you need to wear the white dress you described be sure to wear a jacket so that too much skin is not exposed. Other options are a LBD (little black dress) cocktail dress or a long dark color dress with sheer black hose and black shoes. You can look great and convey a professional appearance at the same time.
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