What to Wear to Stand Out at a Networking Event

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Just like deciding what to wear to an interview, picking out what to wear to a networking event can be a mental obstacle course with so many different messages being thrown your way. Do you go business casual? Business formal? What about adding a few trends to the mix? There's no one protocol when it comes to dressing for these types of professional events, and it will certainly depend on which industry you work in or are trying to break into.

To ease a bit of this stress, we've outlined five different types of networking events you might encounter, ranging from the most formal to most casual engagements. While we do recommend breaking out your best suit for a career fair, it might be overkill to do so for lunch with a mutual connection.

Read through to know what to wear to a networking event so you can hit the right note for each different type of event.

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This post has since been updated.