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Runway Translator: What to Wear for Headshots and Networking Events

A mother’s work is never done, but her professional appearance should always be on point. You only get one chance to make a first impression, and when you’re representing your business, it’s crucial to make it a favorable and memorable one. Whether you work from home or outside of the home, you may need to network with other professionals in order to grow your business. Networking events are great for meeting new faces and making valuable connections. I believe the best way to stand apart from the crowd is by first “wowing” them with your personal style, and then closing the deal with your personality. You want your overall presence to say, “I’m confident and professional” and leave a positive lasting impression that makes people remember YOU when the time comes and your services are needed. The same theory holds true for head shots: Draw them in with your smiling eyes and be sure to attend to the details.

Here are a few helpful guidelines for what to wear to a professional networking event:

  • Regardless of what you do for a living, be sure you present yourself as a lady from head to toe. Think Grace Kelly. Even if your job does not require you to look professional, remember that you need to step up your style game for these opportunities; you never know who you’ll meet.
  • I’m a dress gal, but on occasion I’ve been known to rock a suit. If suits are your flavor, be sure the fit is perfection! Nothing kills a first-impression like an ill-fitting ensemble. Get to know a good tailor and make sure your pieces fit like a glove.
  • Don’t go too heavy on the make-up. Professional networking events are usually during the day so remember, you’re not going to a cocktail party. Keep the eyeshadow shades out of the bold palette zone and if your look requires a red lip, go more Taylor Swift and less Rocky Horror.
  • Statement jewelry is great for getting noticed, just make sure you don’t go too far towards evening glam with your pieces. Steer clear of chandelier earrings and gaudy costume necklaces with too much bling. Runway-Translator-What-to-Wear-for-Headshots-Networking-Tampa-Bay-ParentingHeadshot outfit: Royal blue dress by Calvin Klein, from Marshalls. Gold chain link statement necklace from Sweet Southern Chic Boutique.

Not Your Average Headshot

Think of your headshot as your Director of First Impressions. She says, “Hello. It’s so nice to meet you. How can I help you today?” Remember, your headshot should be styled in a way that relates to your industry. If possible, incorporate tools from your trade or at least add your personal style to the photo via bold pops of color and/or interesting backgrounds. Above all, make sure you hire a pro, both for styling and for photography! Never take a selfie in the driver’s seat of your car and post that as your headshot!

From The Stylist’s Closet:  

(All pieces photographed for this piece were pulled from my personal wardrobe.) 

Magenta dress with ruffle detail by C. Luce, from online seller

Black and white print dress by French Connection, from The Poppy Boutique

Hunter green dress with ruffle detail by Calvin Klein from Marshalls

Black and blue print dress by Samantha Sung from Deborah Kent’s


Shoe and Jewelry Inspiration:Runway-Translator-What-to-Wear-for-Headshots-Networking-Tampa-Bay-Parenting


Photos by Theresa Nesmith Photography.

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