How to Dress for an Evening Function That Says Business Attire

Business attire for evening work functions requires a combination of professional and formal wear. The business aspect calls for clean, polished lines while the evening element demands a formal elegance from your outfit. A balance between these two dress modes can be achieved by modifying basic work clothes with different fabrics, cuts and accessories. Adding a simple statement brooch, earrings or bag to a plain top and bottom can subtly transform any look for a night event.


  1. Tailored Suit

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      Wear tops made from dressy fabrics such as satin, silk or lace trim. Stick to a long-sleeved shirt if you don't wear a jacket and try camisoles or halter tops if you do wear one. Wear a fitted, buttoned blouse to maintain the tailored look.

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      Wear tailored pants made from dressy fabrics such as silk, satin or linen. Wide-leg trousers like palazzo pants work well for this look. Try a fitted pencil skirt for a feminine touch. Make sure the skirt is at or below knee level.

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      Tuck the shirt into your trousers or skirt for a clean, polished look. Throw a tailored suit blazer over the shirt, preferably one that matches your skirt or trousers.

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      Wear closed-toe shoes, either pumps or slingbacks. Be sure to also wear either dark or skin-toned hosiery, especially with a skirt.

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      Add a brooch or scarf to your top as embellishment.

    Simple Feminine Dress

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      Wear a fitted, dark-colored dress, such as black or navy, for a simple evening look. Make sure the length reaches at or below knee level. Try dresses with high necklines, such as a boat neck or turtleneck, or a shift dress for a loose-fit but formal look.

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      Add a short blazer or shawl over your dress if it is sleeveless or wear it with a fitted boyfriend shirt underneath. Raise the collar of the shirt and fold the cuffs of its sleeves for a sleek, sharp feel.

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      Wear a scarf or skinny tie around your neck to accent your look with a focal point. Add a skinny belt over the dress to cinch the waist and give it more shape.

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      Wear dark or skin-toned hosiery paired with closed-toe pumps, slingbacks or other heels.

    Dressy Jumpsuit

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      Wear a jumpsuit made from delicate fabrics such as silk or satin for a loose-fitting yet modern and dressy chic look.

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      Wear a fitted, buttoned blouse underneath the jumpsuit or wear it alone with a cropped blazer over it.

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      Wear closed-toe high heels or slingbacks with skin-toned hosiery.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a twist to the basic tailored suit style by wearing a pin-striped design.
  • Carry a simple clutch bag to play up the formal feel of an evening function.
  • Don't show too much skin in any part of your outfit to keep with the professional, work function mode of the event.
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