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Professional Attire

Dressing appropriately for all professional situations is important. Whether you are going to an interview, attending a Career Expo, or networking at an event, you want to make a good first impression with your appearance. Here are some tips for different professional situations. If you aren’t sure, always err on the side of Business Professional.  

Business Professional

  • Wear a conservative dark-colored, two-piece matching business suit; long pants/knee length skirt. 
  • A pressed, lighter-colored professional button-down shirt/blouse under jacket 
  • If you choose to wear a tie, the pattern should be conservative and end at mid-belt
  • Shoe choices: Polished loafers or closed-toe/low heel pumps 
  •  If appropriate, wear calf length socks to match your suit, or neutral pantyhose 
  • Leather belts should match the color of your shoes
  • No visible tattoos or piercings 
  • Keep jewelry conservative and minimal 
  • Hair should be away from your face and neatly cut and styled, including facial hair 
  • Wear natural-looking makeup - lip color/nail polish should not be too trendy or bright 
  • Nails should be clean and manicured 
  • Perfume/cologne should be avoided 
  • Bring a padfolio, briefcase, or business bag

Business Casual

Business Casual depends on the environment, but usually means “not a suit.” Here are some differences from dressing professional. Remember: it is always better to be dressed-up than dressed-down.

  • Along with long pants/knee-length skirts, crop or khaki pants are acceptable 
  • Knit sweaters, cardigans and sport coats are appropriate
  • More casual loafers and flats are acceptable. Athletic shoes are inappropriate. 
  • Keep hair and makeup simple and natural 
  • Wear black or khaki pants, neatly pressed, and a pressed long-sleeved button-down shirt 
  • Ties are generally not necessary for business casual, but if in doubt, you can wear a tie 
  •  More trendy fashion decisions are generally acceptable 

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