Dress code for a business trip
When travelling on a business trip, it’s important to pay attention to what you wear. After all, while you might say and do the right things, the people you meet on your trip will initially judge you on your appearance.
Formal is normal
If you are meeting with people from a company for the first time and are not sure of the dress code, then go for formal. This means a business suit and tie for men, and a pencil skirt or black pants with tucked in shirt for women. If the others are dressed more casually, then you may feel a little awkward, but you will not give a bad impression. If you dress casually and the rest of the people are in formal gear, however, you may be judged negatively. Some companies have dress codes for their employees, and if you can find out what this is, you can dress accordingly.
Social occasions on a business trip usually mean a more casual style, unless you’re attending a formal dinner, in which case the business suit is required. Generally, if wearing casual clothes, you will probably need to be dressed fairly conservatively. Wild Hawaiian shirts and brightly coloured sneakers may give the impression that you’re fun to be around, but not a serious businessperson. Whether you are dressing in a casual or formal style though, it’s important to look smart. Meeting business associates in crumpled clothes gives the impression that you are a careless person that does not attend to details. If your shirt has been packed in a suitcase, will need pressing and ironing. You may also need to press and iron your trousers. Make sure that your shoes are polished and not scuffed. Visit the beauty treatment room at one of our Hallmark Hotels if you want to look your best on your business trip.
So you know what to wear for a business meeting now. What if you are travelling to a business meeting and have to stay the night? Read How to iron your shirt when travelling on business for tips and tricks.
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