Last month I attended by first conference— the Black Entertainment Sports Lawyers annual conference in Panama City, Panama.
For the first time in forever, I did not shop for any outfits; I used what was in my closet! Crazy, right? Since this was a professional conference, during the day I wore my usual work attire, and conservative, yet stylish, outfits for the social events.
I shop almost exclusively at Loft or Ann Taylor for my professional clothes—they’re great quality and almost always have a sale! I recommend them to everyone looking to build or update their professional wardrobe. NY&Company also has great options. Pro/tip—I go crazy during major sales (black Friday, New Years, and other holidays in between) so I never pay full price for anything.
4 tips to help prepare your wardrobe
- Think of a conference like an extended after work happy hour/networking event! Its still a professional setting, but a bit more relaxed.
- Pack your outfits ahead of time. Review your itinerary and lay out each outfit for each part of the day.
- Be comfortable! Wearing a full suit all day over multiple days isn’t comfortable, especially if you’re in a warmer climate. Keeping it business casual is a safe bet.
- Ask around! What did your peers wear last year? Is there a recommended attire?
Below are the outfits I chose for this conference. I’ve linked what’s still available to the pictures below! Unfortunately, I purchased these pieces years ago, so they’re no longer in stock. 😦
A casual look
Where do you shop for your professional attire? I’d love to know!