Moi-Même’s Business Formal Attire for Women
Generally speaking, if you are asked to wear women’s business formal attire, you will be wearing a conservative suit. While traditionally conservative attire can be limiting in terms of style, it can also be refreshing to wear a pre-defined uniform that requires a more subtle expression of individuality. A conservative suit for women is defined on the attributes of style and color.
In terms of style, in the most conservative environments, business formal specifically means a skirt suit. Would you believe it wasn’t until 1993 that women were permitted to wear pant suits on the floor of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives? Today trouser pants are appropriate in nearly all situations, but very traditional white-shoe law firms may still expect women to interview in a skirt. And, speaking of shoes, only closed-toed shoes are appropriate in business formal settings – so save the pedicure for another day.
When it comes to color, conservative suits come in black, navy and charcoal. Only. Period. End of story.
shown at left: Valletta jacket and Budapest skirt