Solved: What to Wear to a Work Conference

Of all the style conundrums that come with being a working adult, figuring out what to wear to a conference can be one of the trickiest. Maybe the dress code calls for less (or more) formal attire than your office usually does, or maybe you don’t typically go into an office at all, so you have to think about looking professional in front of a whole new group of people.

If it’s a multi-day event you’re traveling to, there’s also the consideration of what will pack well and not require frantic ironing in the hotel room to look presentable.

In sum, there’s a lot to think about, and we’re sure you’d rather be focusing on what events to go to and speakers to see. So to save you some time, we’ve tracked down a few street style–inspired outfit ideas to start you off—all of which can be tweaked depending on your industry. Bare arms a no-go? Add a fitted blazer (overzealous air conditioning may make you want one anyway). Bright colors not your style? Tone it down with some chic neutrals. And, naturally, a cool laptop bag is always a welcome addition to any work outfit.

Below, see nine outfit formulas to try at your next conference.

Walkable heels: essential if you ever want to get up from those folding chairs.
This dress feels like a dream on and can be belted for a neater fit.
This style comes with pre-rolled sleeves so you don’t have to worry about them getting in the way.
Style the blouse with the bow done up or hanging loose.
Switch it up from your standard navy and black.
The print is super pretty, and the peplum makes for a flattering silhouette.
So comfy you won’t have to race to change out of them the second you get home.
You’ll wear these again and again.
Multicolored thread gives this pencil skirt a youthful touch.
Claire Underwood would totally approve.

Next, learn how to master the Jenna Lyons sleeve roll.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Gina Marinelli.

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