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How to dress for any occasion

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Strategic style tips

Knowing exactly what to wear in any given situation is a fine art. If you regularly spend an eternity staring blankly into your closet wondering what to put on -- and then discard the first three outfits you pick -- these style tips for common situations are tailor made for you.

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Business meeting

If you want to command attention, you have to dress the part. This means looking professional and pulled together rather than too trendy. A crisp white shirt with a pair of well tailored pants or a charcoal pencil skirt with a fitted blazer look chic and sophisticated. Pair with low-heeled pumps and keep jewelry to a minimum (one statement piece or two smaller items) so your accessories don't become a distraction.

Meeting his parents

You don't need to dress like a school librarian to make a good impression, but you don't want to shock his family with too much cleavage or sky-high heels and a barely-there miniskirt, either. Dark denim with a white shirt, cardigan and ballet flats give a simple yet pulled together look. Depending on the weather, you also could opt for a simple dress in a pretty pattern, again paired with ballet flats and a cardigan.

Job interview

Go for something professional but comfortable. The last thing you need is to be fidgeting in your seat because your pants are too tight or your sweater is itchy. Wear something that makes you feel confident and attractive. A white shirt and black pants with a fitted blazer or cardigan and medium-heeled pumps will ensure you look pulled-together and capable.

First date

This one's tricky. You want to look great but not like you're trying too hard; comfort is important, too. Dark, skinny jeans and a slouchy sweater with riding boots makes for a casual yet timeless look. Throw on a military-inspired jacket and choose a statement accessory (interesting cuff or chunky necklace), and you're ready to impress.

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No matter how cute it is and no matter how much you love it, not every outfit is made for every occasion. You can't wear it to meet his parents if there is cleavage overload, even if it is your good luck dress. Remember these tips on dressing for any given occasion; the key is finding balance and never exposing too much.

 


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