Solved: What to Wear to a Work Conference

Of all the style conundrums that come with being a working adult, figuring out what to wear to a conference can be one of the trickiest. Maybe the dress code calls for less (or more) formal attire than your office usually does, or maybe you don't typically go into an office at all, so you have to think about looking professional in front of a whole new group of people.

If it's a multi-day event you're attending, there's also the consideration of what will pack well and not require frantic ironing in the hotel room to look presentable.

In sum, there's a lot to think about, and we're sure you'd rather be focusing on what events to enjoy and speakers to see. So, to save you some time, we've tracked down a few street style–inspired outfit ideas to start you off, all of which can be tweaked depending on your industry. Bare arms a no-go? Add a fitted blazer (overzealous air conditioning may make you want one anyway). Bright colors not your style? Tone it down with some chic neutrals. And, naturally, a cool laptop bag is always a welcome addition to any work outfit. Below, see nine outfit formulas to try at your next conference.

Sleeveless Top + Flared Midi Skirt + High-Heel Pumps

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Elongated Blazer + Pinstripe Pants + Pointed Flats

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Sleeveless Turtleneck + Asymmetrical-Hem Skirt + Low-Heel Sandals

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Bright Pussy-Bow Blouse + Contrasting Jacket + Cropped Trousers + Loafers

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Turtleneck + Trumpet Skirt + V-Cut Heels + Crossbody Bag

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Trench Coat + Striped Top + Straight-Cut Skirt + Flats

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Colorful Blazer + Midi Dress + Loafers

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Tailored Coat + Button-Down Shirt + Tapered Trousers + Slingback Heels

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Sweater + Printed Wide-Leg Pants + Heels

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Shop Pieces to Wear to a Conference

Walkable heels: essential if you ever want to get up from those folding chairs.

Available in sizes 5 to 11.

This dress feels like a dream on and can be belted for a neater fit.

Available in sizes XS to L.

This style comes with pre-folded sleeves so you don't have to worry about them getting in the way of anything.

Available in sizes XS to XXL.

Style the blouse with the bow done up or hanging loose.

Available in UK sizes 4 to 14.

Switch it up from your standard navy and black.

Available in sizes 0 to 12.

This cotton-over-silk option is simple yet elevated.

Available in brand sizes 2 and 3.

The print is super pretty, and the small puffed-sleeve effect is perfectly on trend.

Available in sizes 00 to 12.

So comfy you won't have to race to change out of them the second you get home.

Available in sizes OP to +3.

You'll wear these again and again.

Available in sizes 6 to 11.

Essential for layering or wearing solo.

Available in sizes 14/16 to 22/24.

You can keep this super polished below a blazer or simply toss it on with a T-shirt.

Available in UK sizes 6 to 16.

Claire Underwood would totally approve.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Next, learn how to master the Jenna Lyons sleeve roll.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Gina Marinelli.

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