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WHAT IS BUSINESS DRESS?
* Attire appropriate for meetings or an office environment
* Purpose is to convey a professional appearance, as well as create an environment conducive to work
* Personal expression is encouraged, but should not be taken to extremes
YOU ARE WHAT YOU WEAR
* In a business setting, people first notice
l Your clothing
l Your face
l Your hands
l Your shoes
l Your writing instrument
l Your briefcase
l Your watch… etc etc…
* The care taken in your appearance indicates the care taken in your position
Dress For Success
* Colors to Wear: dark blue, gray, brown or muted pin-stripes
* Tailored and freshly dry cleaned
* Good quality, white button-down or white classic color – bi/color….?
* Make sure the shirt is pressed
* Silk or good quality
* Complement suit
* Tip of tie should end near the center of belt buckle
* Highly polished slip-ons
* Laced dress shoes in black, cordovan or brown
* Dark socks that are high enough to hide your skin when you sit down
* No facial hair if possible, if you must, trim it neatly
* No chains or necklaces showing
* No rings other than wedding or college ring
* No earrings or other piercing; if you have them, take them out
* Conservative watch
* Clean fingernails
* Minimal cologne
* Empty your pockets to avoid clinking or bulges
* Turn off cell phones and beepers
* No gum or cigarettes
You only have one chance to make a good first impression!
Dress For Success
Why Is Dress So Crucial For Success?
• First impressions are extremely important!
• Irreversible assumptions are made almost immediately based on a persons’ appearance.
• You want to put your best foot forward and present yourself in a positive light.
5 Tips Everyone Should Know About Dressing Professionally
• Keep your appearance neat and clean.
• Clothing should be freshly pressed – no wrinkles!
• Well groomed nails are important.
• Wear minimal make-up and
• Neutral body odor is essential
(wear an antiperspirant/deodorant,
use perfume or other fragrance
Examples of Professional Attire
Put Your Best Shoe Forward
• Many managers and interviewers make assumptions based on an individual’s shoes.
• This is one way of assessing whether
you pay attention to details.
• Shoes should be:
• Neat and polished.
• Closed toe.
• No higher than a 2 inch heal (unless you
are extremely short).
It’s all in the Details
• Simple style
– You don’t want to distract the
interviewer with obnoxious hair.
– They should notice you for your
skills and experiences, not your hair.
• Out of your face
• A must with any interview
outfit – skirt or pantsuit!
• Skin tone or black colored are
It’s all in the Details: Final Touches
• Don’t overdo it!
• It’s best to choose 1 or 2 simple accessories like a watch
and stud earnings.
• Portfolio vs. Purse
• Opt for a sharp, professional looking portfolio instead of
• Choose a good quality portfolio with compartments for keys or lipstick.
• Carry copies of your resume and a pad for note taking.