The Corporate Retreat.
As hard as it may be to dress for work day-to-day under a perplexing Business Casual regime, the dress code becomes even more uncertain when work moves off-site. A few months ago, I published a revolutionary post on office pool parties and now I shall hold forth on retreats.
Unless your retreat has a particular athletic focus, the dress code is probably Casual. What does this mean?
Let’s start with what it doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean that you should dress as though you are at home. You are at work! No ripped jeans, no athleisure wear. Casual for the retreat looks a lot like Casual Friday, except that it lasts 48 hours and involves an evening event in the middle. You want to look like an adult, although ironically, the maturity of your dress should be inversely proportional to your age. (You can wear retro Nike sneakers if you are 60, but need to wear real shoes — flats, penny loafers or brogues, if you are 30.) Here are the pieces; you mix and match.
A Blouse, not a t-shirt . . . although a fancy jersey might fit the bill, too:
If you are wearing a casual top (i.e., a jersey), a dressier shoe will provide balance. The reverse is also true; if you are wearing a more decorative jacket or blouse, you may wear Converse with impunity.
To round these outfits out, I would bring a large scarf for warmth (cold conference rooms are the norm) and wear an interesting bracelet (to admire or fiddle with when things get dull — remember, no peeking at your iPhone when someone is talking). Good luck!
Have a fantastic weekend!