Dress code for receptions, alumni visits and other networking meetings
From email FAQs:
What should I wear to a law firm reception or for a networking meeting?
If you are meeting in an office, wear a suit.
But what if they say "wear business casual?" What is "business casual, anyway?"
"Business casual" is a concept that is fraught with peril for interview candidates and other visitors. It was designed to make people more "comfortable" at work. Instead, it has created a new title for for administrators who, acting as "Clothes Police," must remind people that flip-flops and belly shirts, or ripped jeans and gardening clothes are not work clothes. It has forced people to add another layer to their wardrobes -- on top of Fancy Dress, Business Suits, Grubbing in the Back Yard, Running to the Gym, and Dashing to the Grocery Store.
The most awkward part of "Business Casual" is that it can cover a lot of territory: Is it Dockers and a button-down shirt or an Armani sweater and cashmere socks? This is defined firm-by-firm, office-by-office and supervisor-by-supervisor.
Bottom line for you: wear a suit.
Originally posted by Susan Gainen