How to dress up for a presentation? This question keeps popping in my private messages on Instagram. Whether you need to present a project at work or college, a presentation needs preparation in advance. If you invested time to get a cool presentation, then you should pay the same attention to your outfit. This is double respect: for your presentation and the audience. Stay with me to find out how to dress up for a presentation:
Start: Begin by choosing the essential
What do I mean by essentials? These are the must-haves of an outfit. To be more precise, I can name 3 big essential elements/mixes for a presentation: dress, pants with a blazer or a skirt with a blazer.
Having these elements on the basis, it will be easier for you to choose the appropriate accessories and to add a little bit of your personality.
Myth: You shouldn’t wear colorful clothes
Only if you don’t like colors. The times when only dark colors and white were appropriate for a presentation have changed. Diversity is a key factor these days, it’s somehow boring to be like others. Thus don’t be afraid to choose a bold color palette for your presentation outfit. You just have to pay attention that your colors are appropriate for the event, meaning if you at a public speaking conference, you can choose any type of color you want, but if you are presenting a project to your boss, you would better choose neutrals, pale yellow, navy blue, and so on.
Find the right balance between the colors of your outfit and the event.
Dilemma: High heels or any type of shoes?
In my case, it’s very easy to answer! Obviously, high heels. In your case, start by asking yourself whether you’d wear high heels for more than 3 hours. If you cannot picture yourself standing in front of a crowd wearing high heels, then go for a pair of loafers or kitten heels. If you are in the opposite case, like I am, go for a classic type of heels that we’ll make you look sophisticated. In today’s outfit, I choose a pair of Mary Jane high heels in a gorgeous shade of pale blue. This pop of color brings that drop of personality that is so important in a look and that is the next thing I walk to talk about.
High heels are one of the most popular options for a presentation, but there are many other options you can go for.
Mandatory: Don’t forget to add a little bit of your personality
If you put the effort in your presentation and added a personal touch even to a small extent, then you need to extend this detail to your outfit, too. Do you know what is like? It’s like in a house: you don’t only paint it, you also add flowers and paintings that represent you. Your personality should reflect into your look, but maybe I’ll talk more about it in the future because there are a lot of things to say regardless of this subject. Let me know in the comments if you’d be interested to know how to reflect your personality into your outfit. In my case, the color of the shoes, the shade of bag and the scarf attached to it are definitely details that truly reflect my personality.
Personality is the key to a well-defined look.
Tip: Forget about bold makeup
There are a lot of other events where you can wear metallic blue eyeshadow or purple lipstick. And I hope you agree with me on this one. A presentation requests balance. A balance between you and your audience, balance between your tone and speech, a balance between outfit and presentation. Hence I highly recommend you to go for a natural look, the “no makeup makeup”. Mascara, not false eyelashes, neutral eyeshadow, not yellow, a tinted rose lipstick, not a bold purple. You got it, right?
For a successful look, go for natural makeup.
Emotions: Are they good?
EVERYONE has emotions. Unless you are a robot or you’ve been doing this for years and everything seems easy peasy. From my point of view, emotions are a positive factor, as long as they do not have a negative impact on your presentation. There is no problem that your heart beats faster, but it’s a problem to loose words in front of the audience, it’s not a problem that you have sweaty palms, but it’s a problem if you have a trembling voice. In fact, emotions are a good factor, because they train your body for presentation, they pump the needed adrenaline for this process. Learn to control them and you’ll be ready to expect the unexpected.
Do not let the emotions take control over your body.
|| So how do you like to dress for a presentation? ||
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