What to Wear to an Alumni Lunch Event

Should You Wear a Suit to an Alumni Lunch? | CorporetteIf you’re planning to attend an alumni lunch for your law school — and you’ll be taking the opportunity to network there — how should you dress? Is wearing a suit a must in this situation? (Pictured, Boss Juicy 6 Jacket, $575 at Nordstrom — check out our full guide to women’s suits for more ideas.) Reader K wonders…

I am starting to network to look for a new job and have decided to attend my law school’s annual alumni lunch (I am a lawyer). It’s on a Friday in a hotel ballroom. Should I wear a suit or is a professional business dress (with sleeves) sufficient?

Interesting question, Reader K!  For my $.02, I would say SURE, wear a suit.  Why not? You have one, and you want to look professional.  If anyone at work asks why you’re in a suit, there’s nothing suspect about attending an alumni event — and at the event if anyone asks why you’re in a suit, you can just say you have another big meeting.  (I doubt they will — my guess is that 95% of people there will be in suits.  But I’m sure this depends on your geographic location, as well as your law school.) Particularly given the fact that this is a lunch — and the law school alumni lunch at that — I would say that a suit is the easiest, no-brainer answer here — throw it on and be done with it.  (Read some of our best business lunch tips here, as well as some of our thoughts on alumni networking here.)

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Suit of the Week: Mila Schön

For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Yoox has a number of Mila Schön suits right now, and I’m really liking the clean lines, feminine touches, and general look. This skirt suit (which Yoox describes as having a “Chinese collar”) looks ladylike but businesslike all at once. It’s available in limited sizes in black and dark blue at Yoox for $215. Mila Schön Women’s Suit

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Suit of the Week: Theory

Theory Shinna BlazerFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I don’t think I’ve seen the “Shinna” blazer from Theory before. Theory suits in general are great (this one is wool and lined), but on the Shinna blazer I like the slightly wide vents at back and the topstitched darts on the front. The jacket (Theory Shinna Blazer) is $395, and the skirt (Theory Tenida Skirt) is $200. (Oh, and I can’t let those shoes go without mention — I know Acne is a hot brand right now, but: yuck. Not my cup of tea at all.)

Theory Shinna BlazerTheory Tenida Skirt

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Suit of the Week: BOSS Black

BOSS Black Two Button JacketFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

I am loving this suit in “rouge noir” from BOSS Black. It strikes me as a really unusual color — a bit of a purpley brown — but one that isn’t so wild and wacky that you can’t wear it to important meetings. I wish the jacket’s front pockets were functional, but so it goes. The jacket (BOSS Black Two Button Jacket) is $595, the skirt (BOSS Black Pencil Skirt) is $275, and the pants (BOSS Black ‘Tirana’ Trousers) are $325, all available at Nordstrom.

BOSS Black Two Button JacketBOSS Black 'Tirana' Trousers

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Suit of the Week: Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore suitFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

I am loving this simple suit from Nanette Lepore. The jacket feels a bit shorter, and the tie-back belt a bit higher and looser, than most, and I like those details — they make the jacket interesting and unique. The flared skirt looks like a nice alternative to the pencil skirt, and a great basic. The jacket (Kentucky Derby Jacket) is $398, and the skirt (Hot-To-Trot Skirt) is $198 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Suit of the Week: Classiques Entier

For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

I really like this suit, made of an unusual puckered wool blend. On the jacket, the details at the waist (and the three buttons!) look flattering and interesting, and I like the pleated, unvented back. As for the matching skirt and pants, they look simple and classic — the perfect thing to wear with or without the jacket. The jacket (Classiques Entier ‘Backside’ Jacket) is $268, and the skirt (Classiques Entier ‘Bankside’ Skirt) is $148. The pants (Classiques Entier ‘Bankside’ Pants), not pictured, are $168.

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