Business dress and etiquette: A pictorial presentation

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Business Dress
Business Etiquette


*        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


*        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

For Men


*      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

Facial Hair

*      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

Other Tips

*      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

For Women

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

•         Hair

•     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

•         Nylons

•     A must with any interview
outfit – skirt or pantsuit!

•     Skin tone or black colored are
most appropriate.

It’s all in the Details: Final Touches

•         Accessories

•     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
your purse.

•     Choose a good quality portfolio with compartments for keys or lipstick.

•     Carry copies of your resume and a pad for note taking.

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