...event season for those of us in academic medicine! Resident & Fellow graduations, end-of-year galas, all sorts of fun. i'm often asked about balancing a gala-worthy dress with your colleagues. My rules in general are:
1) you can show cleavage, back or leg if you like but only 1 of the 3. If you're on a date go for it and show it off but not with your boss around.
2) fitted is ok but not if the dress is also short (which means, per rule 1, you're just showing off leg)
3) make sure you can walk in your heels, whatever the height. You can't be off balance while you're talking about how passionate you are about your career.
and let's not forget about rule number 4) Don't be afraid to wear pants! Add bold colors, a pattern and something with some movement.