Dressing Appropriate For The Occassion (6 Principles)

There are so many women who read my blog daily, so I thought it was time to answer one of the questions that I get on the appropriate way to dress (based on the function).  We all know that some women live by the theory of “It doesn’t matter what I wear–I don’t care.”  If that is you, this post is not for you.  It is for those of us that understand that we will always be judged by our appearance and the clothing that we choose to wear.  Depending on the type of impression that you want to make it is very important to understand a few basic principles. 




dress ~ It’s Fashion Metro Stores




People will judge you as soon as you walk into a room.  Any successful person will tell you that “first impressions” are key, so it is important to make sure that you are dressing appropriately at any given time (based on the event that you are attending).  You have to control your image and how people view you to a certain extent.  You can’t control everything but can control what you choose to put on your body.


Principle 1: Extremely revealing styles or body-conscious clothing is usually reserved for more recreational functions such as picnics, casual outings, and club events.  I would not recommend wearing this type of clothing to church, school, or extremely formal functions such as weddings, funerals, or political events.  




Dress ~ Cori Coren


Principle 2: Trendy styles can be appropriate for formal events, but it is important to pay close attention to the details.  Off-the-shoulder styles, splits, and ruched detailing can be worn to many types of functions, but it is important to pay close attention to how the clothing looks on your body type.  Some people may be able to wear a high split and still look appropriately dressed, but that same split on you could give off a very provocative look based on your body type.  These are things to keep in mind when you are selecting your clothing. 




Dress ~ Amazon


Principle 3: When you are unsure of what the dress code is for an event.  A wrap dress, pencil skirt or neat trousers are always the perfect answer to your dilemma.  I feel it is okay to be overdressed, but it is disastrous to be underdressed.  You wouldn’t want to show up to an event in jeans and everyone has on semi-formal attire. 




jumpsuit ~ IGIG


Principle 5: Less is more! When you are unsure of the dress code for a particular environment (especially in the workplace) go easy on your color choices and jewelry selections.  You want people to see that you have great style, not look like you are craving attention.


Principle 6: Always dress professionally if you work in an environment that has a business-casual dress code.  It is a good practice to make sure that your clothing is ironed, fits neatly, and is not too tight.  I am an educator, and even though we can be quite casual at times I always try to pay attention to how my clothing fits my body.  I do a mirror check and ask myself three questions:


1. Is it too tight?

2. Is it too short?

3. Is it appropriate for my job?


Although we should never judge someone based on their appearance, that is not the reality of the world that we live in.  My theory is that you should dress for the job or career that you want like you have it already.  Be very thoughtful with what you choose to wear because you never know who may meet that will change the course of your life.  Appearance plays a key role in your confidence levels and the opportunities that may be presented to you.  What do you think?

Author: Kim Postell

Kim Postell is the style blogger and educator behind Naturally Fashionable. She recently left her teaching job to explore other interests, which includes but is not limited to her online presence here at Naturally Fashionable and her other online business, Blog With Kim.

  • Frances Tolley

    I wish all educators would ask your three questions?

  • This is a great post!!! I love how you always tell the truth. People don’t want to be judged by appearance but the reality is it is inevitable. Why not be prepared!! Love the three principles.

  • Latrice Green

    Great info. This needs to shared with some of the social workers I work with!