You’ve prepared for this meeting, you’re feeling confident about it, so make sure your dress reflects that effort—communicating your competence through your style choices, if you will. Your look should exude confidence — not just that you have it, but that your client can have it in you, too. Tweed and some well placed pearl embellishments never fail to land a gig, all I’m sayin’.
The Short-Sleeve Sheath Dress from Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman is all the things a good professional dress should be. Sleeve and hem length are appropriate, the dress doesn’t fit too tightly, and in case you thought a high neckline was boring, some gorgeous pearl detailing for good measure. Let’s hear it for dresses that come with their own jewelry, shall we? A flattering shape and I get to skip a step in my getting-ready process? Add to cart.
Sidenote about the aforementioned hem length: If you work in a particularly formal and/or conservative environment, you likely want to make sure that dresses and skirts are knee-length or longer—especially for a client meeting. However, don’t be deceived by the photos you see today: (1) I’m 5’10” so this dress will be knee length (or longer) on most women, and (2) these shots were mostly taken from a low angle which makes the hem look a little shorter than it does in real life. My apologies on both counts. I just wanted to explain so you didn’t take out your frustrations on this glorious dress. It’s not her fault, I swear.
If you’re on the market for really sharp work dresses, I’ve included a curated short list of my favorites at the bottom of this post. However, my new-found love for this particular brand—Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman—is worth a special mention. I randomly stumbled upon them online, and after a deep-dive into their offerings I was thoroughly impressed. Not only does the dress I’m wearing today come in three striking colors, but get a load of their similar styles like this one or this beauty with the matching jacket.
TERI JON BY RICKIE FREEMAN
If you’re asking me, I say open-toe shoes are not invited to this calendar item. Opt for a classic, closed-toe heel with minimal embellishments. Your bag should be polished and give off a sense of cool that suggests maybe you know of a secret source for amazing accessories that the client can email you about later. Keep jewelry simple, you don’t want to wear anything too distracting.
A good client meeting dress is one that’s well made, well cared for, and always reliable when you need a go-to that doesn’t look like it’s the first thing you threw on. Also a major plus? A tweed fabric that doesn’t wrinkle in your luggage if that client meeting requires a flight. This one’s perfect, and there are plenty more below. You’ve got options, now go land the client.