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What to Wear: Working in Beijing

Working in Beijing called for suits (left) and polished event dressing (right).

Working in Beijing called for suits (left) and polished event dressing (right).

I am fortunate to travel to some truly incredible places for work. On my recent trip to Beijing, I had the opportunity to see everything from what 5-star presidential suite looks like to the inside of Tsinghua University’s president’s office to a 600 year old temple turned gourmet restaurant/art gallery. Here are two examples of what I wore. You will notice that both these outfits are comprised of pieces I’ve worn before – here and here. There is real benefit to investing in versatile items you feel good in!

Suit separates: jacket, Theory; top, J Crew; pants, <a href=

Suit separates: jacket, Theory; top, J Crew; pants, 7 For All Man Kind.

From the workwear perspective, I’d say the culture in Beijing tends to be very similar to that of Washington DC– meaning lots of suits. For my formal meetings, I stuck to my go-to suit combination: a Theory Women’s Gabe Blazer, black 7 For All Mankind Skinny Jeans and a simple J Crew top.

Temple Restaurant in Beijing: dress by Diane von Furstenberg.

Temple Restaurant in Beijing: dress by Diane von Furstenberg.

For a Sunday afternoon work function at a 600 year old temple, I went with my favorite Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. Paired with tights, it struck the perfect balance of professional yet polished in the early fall chill.

From top left: Imperial Suite, Four Seasons Beijing; interview with CCTV reporter Eyee Hsu; military-style jackets to ward off the Beijing chill at the Turrell Skyspace viewing; Turrell Skyspace.

From top left: Imperial Suite, Four Seasons Beijing; interview with CCTV reporter Eyee Hsu; military-style jackets to ward off the Beijing chill at the Turrell Skyspace viewing; Turrell Skyspace.