I love fashion and firmly believe you should be yourself and celebrate what makes you unique in life,  but I’ve also learned that the office might not be the place to celebrate your inner fashionista!  So, I’ve compiled my guidelines to help you decipher what to wear for every occasion. I hope these fashion guidelines give you some insight into how to feel and look your best, whether moving up the corporate ladder, heading out for a date or becoming the life of the party!

Tip 3: When In Doubt, Always Aim for Overdressed

What to wear to conferences can sometimes be tricky. “Business casual” can take on a life of its own, and the results can be less than flattering. I attend a lot of conferences, and I typically see a sea of navy blue suits. In a male dominated industry, I like to stand out from the crowd by wearing a dress or pencil skirt. Most of the conferences I attend are not formal, so I typically wear a beautiful work dress—I like Theory or DVF— or my go-to

pencil skirts and blouses.  I try to pack for one color palette, opting for nude heels and a nude bag so I can choose my outfits around them. This makes packing so much easier!

I’ve also learned over the years to err on the side of being overdressed. A good friend of mine thought that many of our male counterparts looked casually dressed when they showed up without ties or jackets. She came to the conference floor in flats, slacks and an un-tucked blouse. Upon surveying the crowd, she quickly rethought her outfit and came back down with a matching suit jacket that pulled her outfit together nicely. The lesson? It’s much better to be overdressed than underdressed, and feeling pulled together will automatically make you feel more confident!