I’m a 1L and I’m going to a one day “retreat” with several prominent speakers/panelists this coming Saturday at the (NYC) bar association – its from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm if that makes a difference. I’m mainly going because I am interested in the topic, and maybe a little networking since this is the area that I plan to practice in. I’ve never been to one of these events and have no idea how people dress for this – suit, dress, or business casual skirt/pants??? Should I wear (low-ish) heels or are flats ok? Please help!
In our (limited) experience, conference dress can vary pretty widely, from full-on suits to jeans. Our best advice, as always, is thus: call the group planning the conference or retreat, and ask how they recommend you dress. Hopefully, the planners will have attended previous incarnations of the event and can recommend from experience. (And if not, hey, at least you can point the finger at somebody.)
Our default “we have no idea what to wear” for this might include a nice pair of slacks, office-worthy shoes (either flats or heels are fine, but no sneakers), a blouse or t-shirt with short sleeves, and a blazer. (You might try one like the blazer pictured above: Calvin Klein Ponte Jacket, available at Bloomingdale’s for $129.) With this outfit, you’ll look professional but still comfortable, and if you feel too dressed up you can always take the blazer off. (We might pack a sweater or a scarf in case there’s crazy air-conditioning, as well.)
Readers, what would you wear to the conference? How do you decide what to wear?