Conference dinner outfit?

30-Mar-11, 21:24
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by button
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posted about 9 years ago

I'm off to a conference tomorrow, but what an earth do women generally wear for the conference dinner? I have no idea. The conference is more geared towards teachers rather than academics if that makes a difference. I'm dreading it!
30-Mar-11, 21:48
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posted about 9 years ago
Black dress... can't go wrong!
31-Mar-11, 08:53
by emmaki
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posted about 9 years ago
At my last conference, at dinner you could see everything! And I mean it!
From formal dresses and suit and tie to jeans and T-Shirts....
Ans it was one of the major international conferences in my field....
31-Mar-11, 09:10
by ady
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posted about 9 years ago
Agree with Emmaki - you'll see the whole gamut from people who are have gone a bit over the top to those who obviously don't give two hoots and are really casual. Hedge your bets and go for somewhere in-between ;-). If it was really formal you would have been advised.
31-Mar-11, 09:15
by sneaks
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posted about 9 years ago
I tend to wear dark jeans and wear a more glam top - like one with a bit of sparkle or something. I never wear a dress or anything, but then I don't usually anyway. ALthough I sometimes pack something a bit nicer, just in case I walk in and its black tie or something and then I can run back to the hotel room and change quickly
31-Mar-11, 10:05
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by DrDan
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posted about 9 years ago
Conferences are a great chance to network and I think business wear is best for that. Perhaps a smart top with smart trouser or skirt?
31-Mar-11, 10:06
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by olivia
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posted about 9 years ago
Agreed--conference dress can run the gamut from super formal to super casual--all at the same event. I usually try for something slightly up from business casual--a nice skirt and top, but nothing over done. The only time that led me astray was at a conference where everyone else--EVERYONE else was in blue jeans. It was a small conference and I felt hideously out of place, but there was nothing to be done. In the end it turned out to be the best conference I have been at, and the fact of what anyone was wearing became very secondary as we all enjoyed great discussions over dinner and wine and beer!


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