What to Wear

Before attending career events or meeting with employers, plan out ahead of time what you will wear to make a great first impression. It can be helpful to do research on what is typical for the industry or the specific organization's culture and expectations.

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Business Professional

For interviews and job and internship fairs, dress up a little more than you might be expected to dress on the job. The following suggestions may be helpful:

  • Suits and blazers in solid plain, dark or neutral colors or understated patterns such as pinstripe or shadow plaid
  • Solid color dress shirts with collars
  • Ties coordinated with the shirts in solids, stripes or small patterns
  • Dresses in dark colors, with or without blazers
  • Skirts and dresses at the knee and without slits
  • Sheer hose should be worn with skirts or dresses
  • Calf-length socks in dark colors should match suit pants
  • Neat and clean leather dress shoes or basic dark pumps with medium or low heels
  • Black or Brown 1-inch belts to match shoes and attire
  • Scarves for color accents may be acceptable
  • No stripes, or bright prints or colors
  • No overpowering perfume, aftershave or cologne
  • No frills, ruffles, thin straps, plunging necklines or exposed cleavage
  • No athletic shoes, sandals, flip flops or open-toe shoes

See our Pinterest boards for ideas of appropriate interview and work attire: Dress for Success

Business Casual

Business casual is slightly more casual than traditional business or interview attire. It may be appropriate when conducting a career conversation, attending a casual networking event or when an employer indicates business casual is expected.

  • Nice trousers or dress slacks in tan, gray or dark blue, or nice khaki or chino pants
  • Knee length skirts or dresses in a variety of colors
  • Tights may be acceptable in cooler weather
  • Cotton or silk blend blouses and patterned shirts with collars in a variety of sleeve lengths.
  • Shirts in a range of colors, with or without a tie
  • Polo shirts may be acceptable
  • Nice sweaters
  • Jackets, blazers, sport coats or cardigans may be optional
  • Leather loafers in black or brown, or low heels, nice flats or fashion boots, open-toe shoes may be acceptable in warmer weather
  • Simple accessories
  • Tights may be acceptable in cooler weather
  • No jeans, athletic wear, yoga pants, leggings, or tunics as dresses
  • No fishnet or extremely colorful or large patterned stockings
  • No exposed cleavage
  • No golf or t-shirt
  • No casual footwear such as athletic shoes, deck shoes, sandals with straps between the toes or flip flops