Professional Dress Tips

Women - Business Professional

Suit

  • Avoid trendy styles
  • Jacket sleeve length should fall ½ inch below wrist
  • Neutral Colors: black, grey, brown, navy

Pants

  • Pants are good for site visits
  • Capris and cropped pants are not appropriate

Skirt

  • Skirts should be knee length and not too tight
  • Avoid high slits

Shirt

  • Blouse or camisole
  • Preferred colors are white or light colors
  • Cleavage should not be showing

Shoes

  • Avoid open toed shoes or sandals
  • Wear basic pumps with a low heel, 1-2 inches high
  • No stilettos or platforms
  • Wear neutral hosiery or trouser socks

 

Women - Business Casual

Jacket

  • You may wear a blazer or suit jacket with pants or skirt
  • Trendier or casual suits are also appropriate

Pants

  • Dress pants or khakis are acceptable
  • Avoid capris

Skirt

  • Should be knee length and not too tight
  • Avoid high slits

Shirt

  • Blouse
  • Sweaters including knit sweater sets and cardigans

Shoes

  • Avoid open toed shoes or sandals
  • Heels or flats are acceptable

 

Men - Business Professional

Suit

  • Suit should be solid or have subtle pinstripes
  • Jacket should be buttoned while standing and unbuttoned while seated
  • Avoid double breasted jackets
  • Neutral Colors: black, grey, navy, brown

Pants

  • Jacket and pants must match
  • The pant leg should touch the front of the shoe and fall above the heel in the back

Tie

  • Conservative colors are most appropriate
  • Length: tie should reach your belt

Shirt

  • White or muted shirt with collar
  • Long sleeves
  • The sleeve of shirt should extend ½ inch beyond the suit jacket sleeve

Shoes

  • Polished, leather shoes
  • Wear dark socks that match shoes and are calf length

 

Men - Business Casual

Jacket

  • A sports coat without a tie

Pants

  • Khakis
  • Solid color slacks

Tie

  • Tie may be worn with long sleeve collared shirt
  • Conservative colors are most appropriate

Shirt

  • Shirt with collar
  • Sweater
  • Polo Shirt (this is more casual, appropriate for outdoor or hot temperatures)

Shoes

  • Oxfords or loafers
  • Wear dark socks that match shoes and are calf length

 

Women - Accessories

Jewelry

  • Should be simple -avoid big, dangly earrings
  • Wear only one pair of earrings
  • Maximum of one ring per hand

Handbags

  • You may use a small and simple purse or professional bag
  • No backpacks or large purses

 

Men - Accessories

  • Be conservative with watches and other jewelry
  • Earrings might not be viewed positively
  • Match belt to shoes

 

Other Tips

  • All clothes should be neatly ironed
  • Suits usually have tacking stitches to hold vents in place before purchase; make sure these are removed
  • You should also carefully inspect for dangling threads, lint, and missing buttons
  • Tattoos and piercings (other than ears) should be covered
  • Bring a portfolio with copies of your resume, transcript, a notepad, pen, and your list of questions for the employer