Whether you have started a new job or if you have been promoted to a new position. The opportunity to travel for business is an exciting one. Particularly if you are on your first business trip. When the boss tells you that you will be attending a conference, training seminar or a trade show representing your organization, there is a lot to look forward to.

As the date gets closer, you realize that your wardrobe could use some updating. Dressing well for the office is one thing! But participating in a large public event where you will be networking may require something a little better than khaki pants. You don’t want to be underdressed! But at the same time, you don’t want to stand out as an inexperienced person by being overdressed, either.

What to pack, what to buy, and what to wear are real concerns! Because you will absolutely be graded on your fashion choices (no pressure). We’ve gathered tips from some of the world’s top fashion stylists. Also, some useful resource articles to help you hone your look for your upcoming business trip.

How to Dress According to Forbes Magazine

Whatever Forbes Magazine states becomes the golden rule when it comes to business. The internationally respected authority in business news and topics, Forbes sets the standard for doing business the right way.

One of Forbes’s best articles on dressing for business talks about formal attire. It provides a guide to navigating dinner (or lunch) in a five-star establishment. In “Key Menswear Essentials to Refine Your Personal Style and Wardrobe,” author Troy Alexander discusses everything from suits to casual coats and how to choose the right outfit for business functions.

If you are heading for a business trip in a hot climate, check out this article by Jacquelyn Smith, which talks about striking a critical balance between being comfortable and looking professional in “How to Dress for Success in the Warm Summer Months.”

If you aren’t sure how your wardrobe choices can support or inhibit your career growth, check out this article from professional executive stylist Lauren Solomon, “The Image Secrets That Drive Career and Business Success.” The article also provides grooming tips and “before and after” photographs of business leaders who nailed new opportunities and recognition after learning how to make a better first impression socially and professionally.

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Mashable’s Tips to Dress for Success

It is not surprising that some of the fashion tips provided by the writers at Mashable recommend a more cutting-edge and creative take on professional wardrobes. When you consider Mashable to be a community of technophiles and start-up entrepreneurs, the environment and vibe are relaxed, casual, and creative.

Author Sylvan Lane acknowledges the confusion about ‘business casual’ in his article “What Do You Wear to Work When Your Office Has No Dress Code?” Lane goes as far as to explain that each employer, business culture, and sector has its own unwritten rules regarding business wardrobe. It is a humorous article that demonstrates how valuable it is to ask for guidance or take your cues from management and coworkers when it comes to day-to-day or business travel attire.


Guidance from Entrepreneur Magazine

Entrepreneur is another go-to when it comes to reliable business information for professionals. There are several resource articles available through the website. These articles provide valuable learning and guidance for men when it comes to professional apparel.

In the “How to Dress for a Business Meeting. Yes, Seriously” by Kim Lachance Shandrow, you will find a great infographic you may want to print as a handy reference guide. The same author also wrote “The Stars of Shark Tank on How to Dress for Success” with statements from venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary and fashion icon and CEO Daymond John. The two business leaders divulge precisely how vital the proper appearance is to both leadership and being treated with respect by colleagues and customers.

Shopping for Your Best Fit

Most business environments require a suit, and there is no limit to the number of styles and options available. Historically, business people would have to pay top dollar for a custom suit. In contrast, today, thanks to ecommerce, custom-made suits can be ordered online and delivered within a short period of time. If you are a man who completely hates shopping for clothing, this is very good news.

Start by knowing your measurements. Most tailors will take your measurements for a small fee. They will give you an accurate set of important numbers that enable to you to shop for your best fit. Once you have your fit, you can feel comfortable ordering your clothing online. This enables you to price compare while having access to the styles and fabric options you want. It is a convenient and affordable way to quickly establish an appropriate wardrobe if business travel is going to be a regular thing in the future.

Packing for Your Trip

Now that you have a style guide and have purchased the right pieces to expand your professional wardrobe. Packing for your business trip also takes some careful planning. If you have had the same luggage since high school (and it has seen better days), consider investing in a large suitcase and matching carry-on luggage piece before your trip. You may be dressed for success, but toting a beat-up suitcase into a five-star convention or hotel will sabotage your look.

When it comes to shoes, pack light. One pair of black and one brown dress shoes, some penny loafer-styled semi-casual shoes and sandals (if needed for free time). These are plenty to pack for a 5-7 day trip. If you plan to be doing a lot of walking in the airport with indirect flights, wear running shoes to prevent sore feet. You can change back into your dress shoes when you arrive at your gate.

Enjoy the experience of travelling for business. While it can be tiring, it is also a fabulous opportunity to deepen professional connections. You will also network with new people while seeing new sights and cities and growing your career opportunities.

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