Are You Dressed for Your Presentation?

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Presentations can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re representing a company’s brand versus your own personal brand.

Before we get into the outfits, a few quick tips:

  • Overdressing – especially for people you do not know personally – is always the better route
  • Less bare skin is always appropriate
  • If you decide to incorporate a trend (i.e., ruffles), print (i.e., animal) or embellishment (i.e., beading), keep it conservative
  • Religious symbols (i.e., crosses) are generally most appropriate for religious-related events
  • Less is more so avoid overdoing it on jewelry, make-up and hair

And now, here are a few outfit ideas for women and men, based on a few presentations I’ve been privy to over the last several years.

I have opted to use the same top in all of the outfits to show how diverse a good choice can be.  It’s a simple contemporary pattern with short sleeves so if it’s a hot room, you can shed the top layer without exposing bare shoulders.  The neck line is conservative with a little color to add interest and put color up around your face.

1) Pitching your B2B company to a room full of potential clients

B2B OutfitKeep it conservative overall in a pant or skirt suit.  The shoes are a conservative shape in a color that adds a little personality.  The necklace is very simple and the bag is a simple shape in a muted color.

2) Presenting your employer’s company and ideas to a room full of business professionals

Professional OutfitDepending on who you are representing, this is an opportunity for suiting separates with a jacket and the same pant or skirt suit.  The shoe is neutral in grey with a subtle texture.  I like pearls and especially love how they’re getting a fresh update.  The bag could be swapped with the one shown in the first outfit as both are simple and conservative.

3) Presenting to your clients

Client OutfitThis outfit presumes your client knows you.  I’ve pulled the same jacket from outfit #2 and added a skirt with some ruching to mix up the textures and interest.  A metallic pattern shoe compliments the colors in the top while adding interest and I love the softness of the necklace, which provides an opportunity to add your personality.  This bag is a little more fun with a big floral shape on the side.

4) Presenting to your colleagues

Colleague OutfitEven though it’s the people you see every day, I believe it’s incredibly important to assert yourself with your outfit in a presentation situation…even if it’s just for a few minutes.

I like a simple navy cardigan paired with a pant (or the skirt from outfit 3).  A fun jacket would also be entirely appropriate here, to pair with these beautiful caged/peep booties.  Who knew so many trends could be in one piece of footwear…?

Anyway, love how the necklace (which is made up of chains, not fabric) mimics the pattern on the shoe.  And yet another awesome computer bag to coordinate your look from the car to the office/meeting.

Shop the top at Banana Republic, the suit and navy cardigan (in many colors) at J Crew, and find the ruffled skirt and navy jacket at Anthropologie.

Shop the jewelry at Anthropologie and the bags are all from my favorite laptop bag maker, Moonsus.

The shoes are all available from Endless: outfit #1 teal pump, outfit #2 grey pump, outfit #3 metallic python pump, outfit #4 blush bootie

Are you in need of sharpening up for your presentation, interview or business meeting?  Fabuliss can help you learn how to put together looks…see Fabuliss.com for more information.

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  1. I believe this could be a great guide for interviews too, so please consider the ensembles and advice accordingly. And you’re always free to ask questions so please do so!

    –sasha

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