Frumpy adolescent baffled by real world
September 18, 2011 6:35 PM Subscribe
What's the dress code for a formal visit among top government officials?
posted by mmmleaf to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Hello Mefites -
My Econ class is going to Brussels and Frankfurt for a week, to the European Central Bank. My professor used his old contacts to swing us an all expenses paid, week-long educational trip where they're giving us talks on the crisis in the EU and where we'll mingle with government officials. So, all in all it's a wildly exciting trip, but I have no idea what the hell I'm supposed to wear.
I guess my concern is whether I should look just sharp or expensive or both. I haven't had to dress formal much, and even then, mostly just weddings, job interviews at food chains and a few events in high school. At any rate, what's the scale of formality and how noticeable is price? Where should I shop for clothes?
I'm only going for a week, so I think I can get by rotating a few nice garments and mixing-and-matching. Where should I shop? Is it okay to shop at the upper price limit at a place like Target or should i be renting a suit for the week? Most of the clothes at department stores and places like Ann Taylor, JCrew, Banana Republic, etc. are out of my price range, but I need to step up an income bracket to look appropriate I will work something out.
Thanks! I appreciate any input. I'm trying to forget about what I have to wear and get excited for my first trip to Europe! (Also, if you know any cool places in Frankfurt or Brussels, let me know..)