What to Wear for a Presentation

what to wear presentation

If you’re getting ready to make a presentation at work, school, or a charity function, wear color! I always recommend strong colors to my clients for their presentations because it commands attention and keeps the audience focused on you as the speaker. If you can, do some research and find out the setting of your meeting beforehand. This way, you’ll make sure that your outfit doesn’t clash with the surroundings and background.


I’ve created two outfits -- one budget friendly and one splurge worthy -- to get you ready for your next presentation. Be sure to figure out your outfit before the big day so you can focus on what you’ll say instead of what you’re going to wear. Good luck with your presentation!

Presentation -- Budget Friendly

Ivanka Trump makes some beautiful dresses for work, and I love the classic style of this coral A-line dress with cap sleeves that give you just enough coverage. The nude d’Orsay pumps with ankle straps are both modern and delicate. Don’t you just love them? The soft leopard print tote bag gives some punch and interest to the outfit. Our accessory is a simple triple-row pendant necklace, and for outerwear a white linen blazer to wear if you need an extra layer.

what to wear presentation

Shown above (clockwise from top left): Ivanka Trump Knit A Line Dress in Coral ($99, lordandtaylor.com); Textured Collarless Blazer in Antique White ($98, loft.com); GUESS Delaney Classic Small Tote in Leopard ($88, macys.com); Three Row Paillette Graduated Pendant ($48, chloeandisabel.com); Vince Camuto Bellamy Pointed Toe Lace Up Pumps in Mood Grey ($119, bloomingdales.com).

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Presentation -- Splurge Worthy

Karen Millen makes some beautiful dresses. If you can swallow the splurge-worthy price, invest in this red dress because it’s a classic piece that won’t go out of style. Pair it with nude heels to elongate your legs and keep the focus on you. A bright floral-printed tote adds some pattern to your outfit while transporting your laptop, essential items, and presentation notes. How do you feel about combining two contrasting colors? I love how the turquoise colors of the stones on the necklace stand out against the red of the dress and pick up the blues in the tote bag. Outfits do not always have to be matchy matchy! And finally, if you need something to wear over the dress, throw on this white linen blazer by J.Crew. It’s a piece that you’ll wear all summer long for both casual and business occasions.

what to wear presentation

Shown above (clockwise from top left): Red Pencil Dress ($360, karenmillen.com); Regent Blazer in Linen in White ($168, jcrew.com); Ted Baker Lillyia Floral Swirl Tote ($279, bloomingdales.com); Elizabeth Cole Darwyn Necklace ($183, shopbop.com); Joie Gillian Ankle Strap Pointed Toe High Heel Pump in Parchment ($325, bloomingdales.com).


Images (clockwise from top left) via jcrew.com; lordandtaylor.com; macys.com; chloeandisabel.com; bloomingdales.com
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