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A Super bowl Party at the Boss’s House?

So you’ve been invited to the Boss’s house to watch the Super bowl.  Are you going? – make sure to RSVP! Given that this is an opportunity to be noticed in a good and not so good way, consider what you’re wearing and mind your ps and qs.

  • Ladies consider jeans or a denim skirt with layered tops or a shift. Try a turtleneck with your denim bottoms. Consider boots or sandals but no flip flops and try to stay away from strapless sundresses and terry velour fabrics.
  • If in a business where jackets are optional try twill pants or skirt with a polo top and sweater over the shoulders or good jeans with a tunic blouse belted. Consider boots or tie shoes that are in good condition that coordinate. Accessorize with earrings and perhaps a dramatic piece at the neck for impact.
  • If in a business where suits are require, for the Super Bowl consider trousers or mid calf skirts, cardigans and turtleneck tops. Or choose an interesting blouse or tailored shirt worn over pants with an interesting belt.
  • For men put your best foot forward and consider dark colored twills like Dockers that are cleaned and pressed topped with a dress shirt tucked in, belted with nice shoes. Even if it’s a barbecue avoid the hoodie, hats, flip flops, and body piercings as you would when you go to work. Consider a good pair of jeans and a sport shirt that is pressed.
  • If you are in a business where jackets are optional, consider dress slacks in a wool or cotton blend with a dress shirt tucked in and belted with a blazer. Or try a long sleeve dress shirt with a cardigan or sweater over the shoulders and trousers or your good jeans and perhaps a turtleneck with or without a blazer.
  • For both men and women, party hearty but don’t over do it.  Being drunk, loud and obnoxious will work against you.
  • Don’t be the last to leave as you notice your host yawning.  After the game is over its probably time to consider going home.
  • Be sure to send a thank you email, call, or note to your boss for the time.  As a gracious guest you will always be invited back!

Do I look Fat? Clothing Tips so you Don’t

Nothing makes you look bigger than you are as when your clothes don’t fit.  Either too tight or too lose clothing draws attention to your figure flaws without having to say a word. Here are some tips so you don’t.

  • No gaps up front: Shirts need to lie smoothly over the bust and chest area as well as allow for two fingers ease around the neck with a closed shirt.
  • Pants and skirts should fit smoothly over legs, derrier and around the waist.  Fit the widest part of your body and alter the waist so that it fits.  If its pulling at the hip or crotch go up a size.  As well, pants and skirt should close easily with enough ease that there is no “muffin top” or hangover.
  • Seams should rest on the shoulder.  Particularly for set in sleeves, you want the shoulder seam to rest at the edge of the shoulder bone so the underarm area has enough ease for freedom of movement.
  • Sleeves should come to approximately an inch below the wrist bone
  • Collars and cuffs should not pinch.  As mentioned earlier two finger ease in the collar and a finge ease in the cuff.
  • Proper length is essential.  Neither too long or too short.  For skirts, let them land about the knee as this is the most becoming length for a woman.  For pants, they should rest with a slight break on the top of the shoe and land about the heel and sole in the back.
  • Wear dark colors such as black and navy to appear 10 pounds smaller and bring attention to your best selling feature with a bright scarf or necktie near the face.
  • For women with large breasts, avoid square neck top, short sleeves and horizontal stripes that are evenly placed. Rather, focus on three quarter length sleeves, long sleeves that taper at the wrist, and long sleeved shirts.
  • Wear the classics such as A-line skirts, straight skirts, blazers, pin strip suits, tailor-notched collars shirts, and double pleated skirts. As a man, you will look pounds thinner with a navy pin striped suit that is closed. Avoid peter-pan or round collar shirts.
  • Avoid heavily texured fabrics such as tweeds and shiny fabrics, they only make you appear larger.
  • For women wear your tops and shirts outside the skirt or pant to camouflague the stomach.
  • For both men and women (and even if you aren’t size 14 or above) avoid front-pleated trousers if you have a tummy. Go for plain front pants instead.
  • Go for structure in your clothing selections. This incorporates straight lines that balance out the roundness and creates a proportioned appearance.
  • Make sure that jackets cover the derrier.
  • In accessories focus on straight, long shapes in earrings and necklaces. Avoid short necklaces, rather ones that emphasize length. Scarves should be long and worn as such. For men, if you have a 17 or above neck size, buy the extra long ties.

Dressed to Tech

In just the past five years the world of work has changed as well as the clothing we wear for it! Of particular importance is how the tech industry changed the course of business wear as we know it. What was once considered “Business Casual” is simply business as usual. Inasmuch as we want to dress down, it’s still important to look good and communicate instantly our expertise and professionalism. Although suits are definitely not a requirement with tech firms, options might include a jacket and maybe jeans; but there is a right and a wrong way to approach these.
Here are some basic tips for communicating your expertise and position instantly to others:
• Focus on classic styles that have endured such as tailored notch collar shirts and blouses, blazers, A-line skirts, cardigans, trench coats, and shirtwaist dresses.
• Keep the look simple and clean accessorizing for impact with gold, silver, pearls or jewel tones to add sparkle and affluence to your best asset – your face.
• Incorporate fabrics that have body such as cotton/poly blends and heavier knits that are opaque.
• Create a slimmer appearance by wearing darker colors such as navy, burgundy, charcoal and black.
• If in the field, realize that you are communicating the brand image so dress professionally yet comfortably, if the environments vary widely. If jeans are permitted they should be a dark wash, fit at the natural waist, and be hemmed not dragging.
• Build your wardrobe around the neutrals such as black, taupe, navy, camel, gray and olive and add color in tops, scarves and belts.
• When meeting with a prospective client, consider a jacket with a fitted shirt and trousers. Also consider tunic tops with pants and a short jacket for interest. If you want to go sleeveless do so but wear a jacket or cardigan.
• When dining with clients consider simple pants or skirts with interesting tops and jackets. Consider a dark colored dress with a shawl around the shoulders. As well consider a fitted shirt worn out with black pants and a blazer or a mid calf skirt and an over blouse or tunic belted.
• Consider unstructured jackets such as jean jackets and cargo pants with limited detailing but avoid “hoodies,” hats and sweats. Pants and skirts need to land at the natural waist or a little below but avoid hip-hugger styles.
• To create a slim line and add height, incorporate vertical lines either decoratively in the fabric pattern or structurally as in vertical darts, princess seams, or a placket down the front. Also consider incorporating long chains or scarves around the neck, as well, as three quarter length sleeves. When wearing a jacket put the collar up.
• Avoid tight clothing rather introduce simple angular lines such as A-line skirts, tailor-notched collar shirts and blouses and tailored jackets to offset the roundness of the body and bring it into balance. Plain front pants and skirts are recommended over pleated varieties.

Bottom line – realize that your appearance counts at work no matter what you do!

Keep that Youthful Glow: Skin Care 101

As we approach the summer months, now is when people think about protecting their skin; however, it doesn’t matter how young or old you are it is critical to take care of your skin. Although we can’t change genetics and its effect on our skin we can minimize the damage of environmental factors on our face and body. One of the worst culprits in premature aging is the sun. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about the rise of skin cancer; bottom line, the sun is not our friend.

Whether you are  20, 55, 80 it is essential to protect our skin from the sun and ultraviolet exposure of any kind (tanning beds). You may not see it now but guaranteed you WILL see the damage from the sun in the form of freckles that don’t go away, sun or liver spots, wrinkles, and leather like skin. If you have an office window, drive a lot or bike to work, you will get exposed to damaging rays. Wearing sunscreen is a start but may I suggest SUN BLOCK with protection of at least SPF 50 because it’s stronger than sun screen. In addition to sun block, may I suggest a hat with a wide brim when outside. Also if outside a lot cover the rest of your skin with long pants and shirts – yes I know it’s hot!
Here are some other tips that will stave off the look of aging and keep your skin in tip top shape:

  •  Hydrate!!! Drink at least eight glasses of water daily. Avoid caffeinated beverages as your sole source of hydration as well as mineral water and club soda. It’s ok to drink your coffee in the morning but refrain from it throughout the day. I can assure you if you get in the habit of drinking water you will learn to like it and want it to quench your thirst. Try some herb teas as an alternative.
  • Take supplements such as C and E as well as essential fatty acids that are rich in Omega 3’s.
  • Get plenty of rest! Sleep is natures repair shop. If you don’t have enough sleep its shows all over your face and overtime promotes aging. As well, research has shown that a lack of sleep promotes unnecessary hunger and eating and in time will add unwanted weight.
  • Reduce stress. This is not easy, I know that. The heart palpitations, the sweaty palms, the anxiety and frustration, are unbearable and they take their toll on our hearts, arteries and skin. I suggest incorporating yoga as a vehicle to exercise, relax and reduce stress. Yoga helps develop your breathing that ultimately aids in stress reduction. There are many, many kinds out there, find the one that’s best for you. Besides it helps you to tone and strengthen your body.
  • Exercise. Did you know that when you get the blood flowing that the increased circulation helps to aid the skin and ward off wrinkles?
  • Don’t smoke. Inhaling smoke constricts the blood vessels and promotes aging as well as other problems that we are well aware of.
  • Minimize alcohol. Moderation is the key.
  • Wear sunglasses and protect your eyes and the skin around them.
  • Moisturize hands with a lotion and sun block throughout the day.
  • Get into the habit of a daily skin care regime. No matter your age, get into the habit of cleansing, moisturizing and protecting your skin morning and night. Avoid soap and cleanse with a soap free cleanser. Even soaps that claim to be moisturizing bars are predominately soap.
  • After cleansing, use a toner such as witch hazel or alcohol free kinds. If you have sensitive skin avoid alcohol at all costs, this will really irritate your skin. After that moisturize and protect with a sun block.
  • Exfoliate your skin at a minimum once a week.  Exfoliation takes off the dead skin and helps reveal new cells creating a fresh appearance.

 

 

Travel Light and Right: Part 2 Travel Basics for Men

·       For men where suits are required, consider bringing a gray suit or just a navy blazer and coordinating slacks and shirts.  Double up on your ties and shirts so you have variety each day.  Make sure to include coordinating belts and shoes as well as other accessories.  For the weekend consider button down pin point oxford dress shirts with trousers and a cardigan or pullover with your blazer.  Limit shoes to two pairs such as wing tips, ties or slip-ons. 

·        If jackets are optional you will want to include a pair of trousers in a neutral such as gray, khaki or olive to wear with button-down oxford shirts, polo shirts, or long sleeve plaid shirts, pullover sweaters, v-necks, or turtleneck sweaters that coordinate with your blazer.  Confine shoes to loafers and perhaps deck shoes. 

·        If jeans are permitted bring your best pair in a dark wash.  Consider a black or navy blazer for evening, dressier occasions.  For these you can wear a white dress shirt, jeans and your blazer.  Introduce pullovers, cardigans and short sleeve pullovers tops that coordinate with your jeans. 

Travel Right but Light: Part 1 Women’s Basics

 

The new year has begun and with it a travel itinerary that takes you near and far.  Whether it is to visit an existing client, a prospective one, or traveling for a job interview, you will want to be dressed to impress and

comfortable so you are able to concentrate on the business at hand.

When traveling, whatever your occupation or position, bring items that can coordinate with other pieces of your wardrobe.  Build your travel wardrobe around neutrals such as black, taupe, camel, navy and go from there.  Include lots of accessories, such as scarves, jewelry, belts and hosiery to change up the look with the same pieces.  Here are some ideas for a great travel wardrobe:

  • ·         If suits are required bring a suit or suit separates.  Add blouses and shirts for variety and accessorize for impact.  Consider a black dress with bold jewelry for evening and stripy sandals.  Or consider a dress with a coordinating jacket that works both during business hours and after.  Wear the jacket over the dress with some jewelry during the day, take off the jacket and add some bold jewelry and perhaps a shawl for evening.  Consider trousers and a coordinating cardigan with a top for weekend events.  Choose a couple of pair of shoes such as pump or ties that go with your travel wardrobe with medium heels.
  • ·         If jackets are optional, consider knits for day and evening wear.  Chico’s has their “Travelers” line that was popularized by Michael Phelp’s mother during the Beijing Olympics.  Made of Lycra and Acetate, they travel well, are easy to care for and comfortable to wear.  Consider pants and skirts and coordinating tops and jackets that can go anywhere as well as day into evening like black, silver, deep navy or dark chocolate.  Team up black Traveler’s pants with a black turtleneck and jewelry and perhaps if its cooler, a tailor mandarin collar jean jacket with jeweled buttons for evening events on the road. For day try the black pants with the black denim jacket and a tailored shirt, belted for day.  Everything goes with black.
  • ·         Consider classic suit separates that go from day to evening such a gabardine twill trousers or skirts and a single blazer in black or navy.  Bring an assortment of blouses, shirts and sweaters such as turtlenecks that coordinate.  Accessorize dramatically for evening events and employ scarves and some jewelry for day. 
  • ·         If you have a tendency to get cold in air conditioned hotels, bring a blazer or good rib knit or double knit cardigan that coordinates with the rest of your travel wardrobe.
  • ·         If jeans are permitted choose ones in a dark wash that are in excellent condition as well as another pair of pants or skirt in a neutral such as khaki or black.
  • ·         Introduce knits such as sweater sets, cotton V- or round neck pullovers or turtlenecks and mock turtle styles.  Look to natural fibers blended with synthetics or 100% synthetic fabrics for ease of care. 
  • ·         Consider bringing one jacket, perhaps a black blazer or a cardigan that coordinates with the rest of your wardrobe.  A blazer or box jacket, if necessary, can take you to evening if jackets are optional and jeans are permitted.  Wear it with a silk blouse or jeweled tone shirt and bold jewelry.
  • ·         Regarding shoes, don’t buy any new ones to wear on your trip, your feet will hate you.  Buy the shoes about a week or two in advance and break them in at home, then they will be ready for your trip.  Consider bringing a pair of shoes perhaps slip-ons, loafer or tie styles in a medium to low heel such as an inch and a half.    
  • ·         When it comes to cosmetics, have them in a makeup bag.  You may have lots of makeup but you can only take what you really need and the colors you wear most often.  All of my makeup is in such a bag and makes it really easy to travel anywhere and cuts down on decision making each morning. 

Want to Move Up – Time to Dress Up!

In many career paths moving toward the C suite also requires a change in dress.  Take a look at Sheryl  Sandberg of Facebook, Janet Napolitano of Homeland Security or anyone in Congress or the CEO of Citicorp, you will often see them in suits, dresses and skirts.  Although, many CEO’s in the tech field are a bit more casual, in most fields if you’re looking at joining the C suite then you will need to take your wardrobe up a notch or two. 

Although business casual dominates many corporate cultures, moving to a director, VP or President’s position requires a return to classic business dress.  For women and men, suits, sport coats, skirts and dresses are more the order than jeans, pants, jean jackets and T-shirts.  Here are some guidelines to help you move to the next level.

For Men:

  • ·         If you choose a plaid pattern in a jacket, suit or pant, make sure that they match up in the back and side seams as well as the sleeve and shoulders.
  • ·         When trying on pants the waist should land right below the navel.  Pants are cut normal or long so find the best fit for you.  If you want them cuffed or plain that’s also up to you.
  • ·         For blazers and jackets you have so many choices; however, you’ll want the jacket to cover your derriere.  Consider raw silk, linen blends, in plaids or tweeds with solid colored slacks.
  • ·         For shirts go for long sleeved varieties and consider as well pin- or chalk striped but avoid plaids. Make sure that the shirt fabric is of medium weight so it doesn’t show everything underneath.  Most times undershirts are worn underneath dress shirts for a clean look so make sure it doesn’t show when the collar is open.  Consider V-neck styles for a clean look with dress shirts.
  • ·         With dress shirts there are also a variety of styles to choose from.  If you have an athletic build go for fitted ones.  Regarding the collar, consider the shape of your face and neck.  For example, if you have a short wide neck and a full face consider traditional convertible, tab, or button-down collar styles to balance out the shape.  If you have a long neck and an angular face consider a spread collar.
  • ·         Regarding accessories you’ll be tucking your shirt in and want your belt and shoes to match in color.  Consider brown, cordovan or black.  Regarding shoe styles consider wing-tip, oxford, tie, slip-on, loafer styles with good soles and stable leather uppers.  Save the deck shoes for you time and please, no athletic shoes or sandals.
  • ·         Regarding ties, if your work requires a coat AND tie remember that it is one of the key accessories for men.  Moreover, the power tie is still in full order so consider including it as a part of your wardrobe.  The width of the tie needs to complement the width of the lapel
  • ·         Regarding socks choose dark colors with subtle patterns and make sure that they stay up on your leg.  A leg exposed when crossed is not pretty. 

Women

  • Suits and suit separates are going to be the mainstay for your wardrobe but today you can kick it up a notch or two.  All the restrictions that were apparent in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s as well as in the new millennium have vanished; however, it is still imperative to look professional. Being sexy and looking it doesn’t fly for work (unless you’re applying for a pole dancing position). Here are some pointers for when jackets are required:
  • ·         Consider fabrics and fabric blends that give easy care and provide comfort, such as wool blended with Lycra or Spandex, linen polyester blends, Tencel, and cotton/Lycra blends are comfortable and easy to take care of.  Consider woven fabrics over knits for your key pieces; however, double knits that are lined can be very stable and hang well for work.  Choose from solids to prints yet keep the prints subtle. 
  • ·         Choose from traditional blazers with a tailor-notched or shawl or mandarin collars when selecting suit separates.  As well consider Chanel style or military styled jackets.  Besides blazers and short jackets consider longer ones that hit below the hip; however, in any choice seek tailored styles that allow you to switch them out and coordinate with other pieces of your wardrobe. 
  • ·         For shirts and blouses consider tailored shirts or feminine blouses in cotton, silk or polyester blends.  Cowl, jewel, tie or ruffle styles in silk or a fine synthetic soften the face and work with jacket styles; however don’t mix totally different styles like a ruffled shirt with a military styled jacket.  Make sure that the fabric is not too revealing and there isn’t any cleavage.  Choose from long, to short, to sleeveless; however, if wearing sleeveless wear your jacket at all times.  Consider sweater sets as an alternative to blouses and jackets.
  • ·         Regarding pants and skirts, consider plain front, or pleated with or without pockets that land at the waist or high hip.  Pants and skirts, with a waist band or not, are suitable but if they have a waist band and belt loops a belt is needed if the shirt or blouse is tucked in.  Regarding pant legs, straight or flared is best.  Fabric choices include tropical weight wools either in a plain weave or gabardine that have a great drape.  Skirts land at the knee or no more than two to three inches above.  Longer skirts keep to about mid calf.
  • ·         Tailored dresses are an easy option for work in this category.  Consider simple silhouettes with interesting designs such as princess seams, or necklines like a cowl.  
  • ·         Regarding accessories consider jewelry in gold, silver or pearls for the most part.  The design is up to you; however, keep it conservative perhaps a round or angular shape or small or medium size hoops are fine but should be in proportion to your size. Have an abundance of scarves to wear at the neck, waist, or over the shoulder belted.  Accessories are to tie the look together and draw attention to your best asset, your face.  Belts are great for long jackets and at the waist for pants or skirts.  Also try belting a sheath or two piece dressing.  As well, belt a tunic top and wear it under a jacket.  Think about putting a silk kerchief in the breast pocket of your blazer either with the points out or tucked in.  Add a broach or pin to the lapel or right above the breast to bring the eye up and to add shine to the face.
  • ·         For shoes there are lots of options; however, avoid sandals, very high heeled and platform styles , and flip-flops. Consider classic pumps with or without an open toe, loafer or slip on, and tailored boots.  Seek comfort as well as style with classic designs tailored for your professional image.

Looking Good in High Tech Fields

In just the past five years the world of work has changed as well as the clothing we wear for it! Of particular importance is how the tech industry changed the course of business wear as we know it. Whether you’re an engineer or a programmer, what you wear can add or detract from your career aspirations.  What was once considered “Business Casual” is simply business as usual.  Inasmuch as we want to dress down, it’s still important to look good and communicate instantly our expertise and professionalism.  Although suits are definitely not a requirement with tech firms, options might include a jacket and maybe jeans; but there is a right and a wrong way to approach these.  Here are some basic tips for communicating your expertise and position instantly to others:

•    Focus on classic styles that have endured such as tailored notch collar shirts and blouses, blazers, A-line skirts, cardigans, trench coats, and shirtwaist dresses.

•    Keep the look simple and clean accessorizing for impact with gold, silver, pearls or jewel tones to add sparkle and affluence to your best asset – your face.

•    Incorporate fabrics that have body such as cotton/poly blends and heavier knits that are opaque.

•    Create a slimmer appearance by wearing darker colors such as navy, burgundy, charcoal and black.

•    If in the field, realize that you are communicating the brand image so dress professionally yet comfortably, if the environments vary widely.  If jeans are permitted they should be a dark wash, fit at the natural waist, and be hemmed not dragging.

•    Build your wardrobe around the neutrals such as black, taupe, navy, camel, gray and olive and add color in tops, scarves and belts.

•    When meeting with a prospective client, consider a jacket with a fitted shirt and trousers.  Also consider tunic tops with pants and a short jacket for interest.  If you want to go sleeveless do so but wear a jacket or cardigan.

•    When dining with clients consider simple pants or skirts with interesting tops and jackets.  Consider a dark colored dress with a shawl around the shoulders.  As well consider a fitted shirt worn out with black pants and a blazer or a mid calf skirt and an over blouse or tunic belted.

•    Consider unstructured jackets such as jean jackets and cargo pants with limited detailing but avoid “hoodies,” hats and sweats.  Pants and skirts need to land at the natural waist or a little below but avoid hip-hugger styles. •    To create a slim line and add height, incorporate vertical lines either decoratively in the fabric pattern or structurally as in vertical darts, princess seams, or a placket down the front.  Also consider incorporating long chains or scarves around the neck, as well, as three quarter length sleeves. When wearing a jacket put the collar up.

•    Avoid tight clothing rather introduce simple angular lines such as A-line skirts, tailor-notched collar shirts and blouses and tailored jackets to offset the roundness of the body and bring it into balance.  Plain front pants and skirts are recommended over pleated varieties.  Bottom line – realize that your appearance counts at work no matter what you do!

A Suit for the Interview? Well . . . Maybe

Usually when it comes to a job interview a suit is the order of the day.  But what if you are going for a job in the tech industry, as a fashion coordinator with a retailer or perhaps a fryer cook at Wendy’s?  No matter what, make sure you look your best and that your clothes are clean and pressed without lost buttons and holes.  Dressing sexy and revealing skin or tattoos doesn’t work for any job position you’re aiming for.

•    If you don’t know what is normally worn, find out from the administrative assistant or wander incognito at the firm and observe what employees and supervisors wear. Depending on the corporate culture, the type of job, where you live and what you do, you may be wearing a suit, either pant or skirted variety or a less formal ensemble such as trousers and a sweater set or blazer but whatever you wear dress up a step from what is normally worn.  Avoid jeans and sequins.

•    If jackets are optional or jeans are permitted consider a fitted shit over pressed trousers with a blazer.

•    Be coordinated.  Not everything goes with everything but consider starting with a neutral such as camel, dark brown or black, in your trousers, skirt or blazer and go from there.

•    Accessorize for impact but don’t overwhelm.  Avoid flip-flops and sandals and opt for loafers or pumps with a moderate heel, that are cleaned and polished.

•    Practice personal hygiene from head to toe and make sure your nails are manicured but not in the spot light.

When Work is Beyond 5 o’Clock: Part 3

 

·         When doing charity for the company such as working in a soup kitchen wear good jeans so you are able to function.  As well, if working with Habitat for Humanity, make sure the clothes you wear are clean and neat.  Jeans or tops with holes or stains do not communicate a positive image about you or the company that you represent. 

·         Often if you wear a uniform you will be asked to wear it when working at a remote site for the company.  Make sure that it’s clean and pressed.

·         How about a charity golf classic?  Consider light trousers or walking shorts in neutrals with polo or golf shirts and the appropriate shoes if you’re playing, deck shoes if you’re not.  For women consider walking shorts and flats with a sweater depending on the climate.

·         For an evening function, with drinks and dinner at TGI Fridays consider nice slacks or your good jeans and a shirt or top.  Make sure to accessorize to complete the outfit. 

·         If it’s a more formal dinner or gala, men would do best with a jacket and slacks or a suit and women might consider a black dress (LBD) or dressy separates such as a tunic and pant worn with a great shawl and a dramatic belt. 

o   In more traditional fields, men might consider a dark suit or a blazer and slacks with a dress shirt.  Women will want to introduce bolder jewelry in gold, silver or pearls or an interesting piece that works well with the outfit.  It’s a great way to get the conversation started.

·         If the invitation says “casual” call the host to find out what it means.  To some it includes a jacket for others it may not.  Again, if jeans are permitted wear your good ones.  Consider jeans, a tailored shirt and a jacket.  Depending on the time of day, if it’s after 6, women might include fabrics such as acetate spandex in a variety of colors in tops and bottoms with an interesting cover.  Bottom line when the invitation say’s casual don’t equate it with sloppy; in other words the warm up suit and athletic shoes won’t do.

·         For breakfast and luncheon events during the week you will be wearing your clothes for work. 

·         For men, if invited to the boss’ house for dinner, to watch the Super Bowl, whether you are entertaining clients or not, put your best foot forward.  In businesses where jeans are permitted consider dark colored twills like Dockers that are cleaned and pressed topped with a dress shirt tucked in, belted with nice shoes.  Even if it’s a barbeque avoid the hoodie, hats, flip flops, and body piercings as you would when you go to work. Consider a good pair of jeans and a sport shirt that is pressed.   

o   If you are in a business where jackets are optional, consider dress slacks in a wool or cotton blend with a dress shirt tucked in and belted with a blazer.  Or try a long sleeve dress shirt with a cardigan or sweater over the shoulders and trousers.  If you’re invited for the annual Super Bowl party your good jeans and perhaps a turtleneck with or without a blazer. 

o   For businesses where suits are required, a sport coat or blazer will be the order when clients or potential clients are present at the boss’ house.  Consider a button-down pinpoint oxford dress shirt with coordinating trousers in gray or taupe.  If invited over to watch the Super Bowl or to a barbeque, consider denim trousers and a dress shirt with a V-neck sweater or a polo top and blazer.

·         For women if you’re invited to the boss’ house to entertain clients or prospective clients, or for a barbeque or to watch the Super Bowl, consider these options if jeans are permitted at work.  When entertaining clients consider slacks in dark colors with a tunic top belted or a dark skirt with a fitted blouse with a sweater over the shoulder or a nice jean jacket.  Consider acetate spandex tops and bottoms with an over shirt.  Make sure to accessorize for impact with earrings and interesting jewelry; however, keep the body piercings at home.  For the barbeque or to watch the Super Bowl consider jeans or a denim skirt with layered tops or a shift.  Try a turtleneck with your denim bottoms.  Consider boots or sandals but no flip flops.  Try to stay away from strapless sundresses and terry velour fabrics. 

o   If in a business where jackets are optional consider acetate spandex pants or skirts with interesting tops and jackets for dinner with clients.  Consider a dark colored dress with a shawl around the shoulders.  As well consider a fitted shirt worn out with black pants and a blazer or a mid calf skirt and an over blouse or tunic belted.  For a barbeque or watching the Super Bowl, consider twill pants or skirt with a polo top and sweater over the shoulders or good jeans with a tunic blouse belted.  Consider boots or tie shoes that are in good condition that coordinate.  Accessorize with earrings and perhaps a dramatic piece at the neck for impact. 

o   If in a business where suits are require, for dinner at the boss’ house with clients, consider a black suit or a black dress.  Accessorize with dramatic jewelry and dark sheer hosiery.  Choose a simple silhouette with an interesting neck or other detail to speak volumes yet not be busy.  Simple elegance is what you’re aiming for.  When it comes to the barbeque or watching the Super Bowl, consider trousers or mid calf skirts, cardigans and turtleneck tops.  Or choose an interesting blouse or tailored shirt worn over pants with an interesting belt. 

Whatever your business, you will look great for any occasion when it’s after five and work related.  These occasions are just important as during nine to five so give it as much consideration as when you are dressing for work.  Look your best and there will never be the question of whether you’re over- or under- dressed for these events.