Fall Dresses For a Women’s Business Conference

Hi Deborah,

I’m a women’s entrepreneurial coach, and I’ve been working at home and living in pants for a few years. Things are changing, and I need to up my game with a couple of modern and versatile dresses for a women’s conference I’m going to. It’s been so long since I have bought a dress, I have no idea where to begin. Can you tell me what’s in?

Hi Karen,

A dress is a great choice for a women’s conference. They’re easy to slip on when you’re trying to get out the door, and they always look professional day or night, so good for you for realizing that.

There are many new trends to choose from that look modern and professional, which will help distinguish your brand at an event like a women’s conference. Here are a few of my favorites.


1. Gray Matters

Florals never go out of style, and this fall, winter florals are especially hot. This feminine jacquard floral border dress ($168) is the perfect transitional dress with its glorious gray tone-on-tone pattern and charming silhouette. Not to mention those super pretty bell sleeves!



2. His Meets Hers!

Boy meets girl in this cute plaid dress that combines feminine lace-up top and menswear plaid below. The beauty of this plaid scuba fit and flare dress from Tommy Hilfiger ($104) is that it takes you seamlessly from the office to cocktails to dinner.

It’s especially flattering on a pear-shaped gal because it emphasizes a pear’s tiny waist, while the flared skirt gently covers that wider bottom half.



3. Sweater Weather

When you want a cozy and casual dress, a sweater dress is the way to go. This racing stripe  A-line sweater dress ($129) will keep you looking chic but feeling cozy when your workday extends way past five o’clock.

Vertical detailing and fit-and-flare styling, and a mock neckline make you look tall and slim. Wear it with black tights and simple booties or a pair of tall boots.



4. Autumn Awaits

Let’s face it, sometimes we all want to take a break from our little black dress. A great way to do it is with this abstract print shift dress ($48) that practically screams Fall!

The rich, vibrant oranges, reds, and browns are spot-on for the season, and the style of dress even lets you pair it with leggings if you prefer.  This dress is definitely an attention grabber in a good way!





5. Wrap It Up

Regular readers know how much I love a wrap dress, and this velvet faux wrap dress ($128) is no exception. A wrap dress is always classy and appropriate and makes your body look amazing!

See how this one accentuates in all the right places, creating a sexy silhouette? The rich jewel tone is gorgeous for fall and would be perfect at holiday time too!

Like this velvet, but prefer a different style? Take a look at this stunning bell sleeve wine velvet dress!




6. Making the Cut

I love dresses with unexpected details that make you do a double-take. This pretty floral crepe scuba sheath dress is just what I’m talking about.
The slashed asymmetrical neckline takes the dress from average to artsy, while the sexy skirt front slit adds an edgy allure. This dress is cut out to be something special.

7. Fluted Floral

I said it above, and I’ll repeat it, winter florals are BIG this fall. This sleeveless velvet trim drop waist dress combines the rich colors and fabrics of fall with the newest hemline to hit the fluted hem’s fashion scene. This flirty flare at the bottom of your dress puts a wiggle in your walk and makes you look modern and sassy.


Have you bought a dress for the fall conference? What’s it like? Which of these is your favorite and why?

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2 thoughts on “Fall Dresses For a Women’s Business Conference

  1. Would love if you could up-date the advice on business casual dressing. I am attending a business event that begins at 5:30 PM so I assume people will be coming from work. I have been out of the work force for a few years and have no idea what is appropriate. Certainly not jeans and I don’t own a suit any longer. Help!

  2. Dresses are such a fabulous choice for many occasions. I admit they’re not my first choice and they should be. I love the plaid options but sweater dressing gets my vote this fall.

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