Next month, I head out to LA to speak at Nancy Marmolejo’s I Heart My Biz 3- day workshop.
It’s exciting because the last time I was on the West Coast was… well, I had just found out I was pregnant, and didn’t even know I was having twins… Yes, that long… too long.
It’s only in the past few months that I have really made an effort to go out to events and conferences. I had made a commitment I wouldn’t leave my girls until they were in school. So until recently, I was pretty much doing speaking gigs locally.
And I remember the first event I attended. I was nervous and excited. And because I was so out of the loop, I had no clue what to wear.
Luckily, my good friend (and now accountability partner) Felicia Slattery took me under her wing and share with me some wardrobe tips.
Today, with a several more events under my belt (get it? belt… wardrobe), I am an old pro. Here are my fashion dos and don’ts for ‘Costuming for Events and Workshops’:
DO look nice. This doesn’t mean a three piece suit (with hosiery and heels), but remember you are a professional. Business casual is usually the norm at these. Lean more towards the business, less on the casual. Also, avoid anything that’s a bit too sexy. However, this type of outfit has it’s place, depending on your profession (porn star, stripper, etc).
DON’T wear something brand new. I’ve made the mistake of wearing new shoes once to an event. The following day I had to go barefoot because I was in so much pain from the day before. (And that look is a BIT too casual!) But the rule also applies to clothing. You never know how a piece of clothing is going to wear during the day. Pants can wrinkle or pinch. Tops can bulge in less than flattering places. Make sure you are comfortable in what you are wearing… after all this is your second skin!
Do dress in layers. Temperatures can vary in different rooms and even during different times of the day. I’ve heard some event organizers purposely keep the room on the chilly side or the warm side to get people to react. Now I know Nancy won’t do that at I Heart My Biz, but be prepared in case you are uncomfortable.
I’ll be sharing more tips on what I’ll be doing for I Heart My Biz over the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, join Nancy and I for a free preview call on May 12 at http://www.IHeartMyBiz.com/Shannon