A career as an event planner may seem to have the appeal of a glamorous and exciting job. One gets to hobnob with different kinds of people, most of the time with some of the who’s who of a related business for whom an event is being organized. Yet if you get to ask some of the who’s who in the event planning industry, it is likely that they will not agree with “glamorous” as an apt description for the job.
Yet Why Do Event Planners Look Glamorous?
Dressing up to have that look of success does not necessarily mean the job per se is glamorous. Looking one’s best is all part of the job. After all, why would anyone care to entrust an important event to someone who looks disorganized and lacking in style.
In a career that gets in touch with managers of restaurants, hotels, catering services, venue owners and an array of suppliers and professionals who will take part in making an event a day or night to remember, looking glamorous takes one’s foot inside the door so to speak. Moreover, the people with whom event planners meetup, are inclined to treat them like royalty because they are regarded as potential sources of lucrative business.
On the other hand, when it is an appointment set with an existing or would be client, glamor of course must come not only with style, refinement, and creativity but also with practicality. Avoid giving the impression of being a high end planner, as that could be a turnoff if a potential client has to keep to a planned budget.
The point is, power dressing comes in many forms and color, but it is also a matter of wearing an appropriate outfit at the right time, for the right occasion and for the right people.
An event planner’s wardrobe must include smart work clothes, because the actual event planning-job includes reaching up, bending down, climbing up ladders, stepping in and out of vehicles, going in and out of buildings, lugging bags, luggages and/ or boxes, and becoming exposed to all types of weather.
Practical Dress-Down and Dress-Up Tips for Event Planners
The glamorous aspect of an event planning career is the dressing-up part, which one usually does for the actual holding of a planned event. Still there are some things you have to keep in mind when deciding on what to wear for the occasion. Since not all events are formal, always take into consideration the theme, the color motif, the time of day and the activities that will transpire during the event.
Look chic and stylish all the time but never sacrifice comfort for style. If the occasion calls for wearing formal footwear, do so; just make sure it’s comfortable enough to wear from start to finish and even beyond the actual event period. In any case, it is a good idea to have a comfortable pair handy for any unexpected situation.
When expecting to be in different places during the day, layer up for protection, for versatility, or for acclimatization purposes.
Accessorize with bags and belts that will allow carrying of important gadgets, devices, tools and materials wherever and whenever. The bigger paraphernalias do not always have to be in one’s person, but keeping them ready and nearby may prove to be an event saver.
Be as practical as possible with your choice of outfits, such as opting for one with pockets, and in colors that can mix and match with your other wardrobe pieces.