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Professional Business Attire

For Men

  • Suit
  • Long sleeve shirt (white or pastel coordinated with suit)
  • Polished dress shoes
  • Tie
  • Plain black or brown belt
  • Dark socks, tall enough to cover legs
  • Little or no jewelry (no earrings)
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Limit the aftershave or cologne
  • Neatly trimmed nails and face
  • Light briefcase or portfolio
Dress for success

For Women

  • Suit (pant or skirt suit)
  • Suit skirt must be below knees
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Closed toe dress shoes or basic pumps (1-2” heels allowed)
  • Limited jewelry
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Neutral pantyhose
  • Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails
  • Light briefcase or portfolio
Dress for success

For Both

  • No missing buttons, crooked ties/scarves, lint or loose threads
  • No food, drink, gum, candy, or cigarettes
  • No cellphone, music player (IPod), etc.
  • Limit jewelry (no jewelry is better than cheap jewelry)
  • Cover all visible tattoos and piercings
  • Empty pockets—no bulges or tinkling coins
  • Tuck shirt inside undergarments for smoother fit

Interview Attire Tips

  • Before going to an interview, make sure attire is appropriately laundered and fits correctly
  • Have clothes ready night before to save time gathering them day of interview
  • If clothes are dry clean only, have them cleaned after interviews to be ready for next time
  • Bring a breath mint and use it before entering the building (dissolve before interview)
  • Clothing should not be revealing: cleavage, stomach, back, and legs must be covered
  • Monochromatic dressing and vertical lines within clothing looks taller and thinner; a richer look
  • Judgment is usually made by the interviewer within the first two seconds, make it positive

Extra Helpful Advice

  • Ask a friend to evaluate and provide feedback on chosen attire
  • Invest in a full-length mirror to appraise own appearance
  • Students rarely get turned down for being overdressed

"The way you dress for a meeting is an indication of how you perceive the importance of the interaction."

Al Catrone

"Put even the plainest woman into a beautiful dress and unconsciously she will try to live up to it."

Lady Duff-Gordon

"We suggest students think in terms of 'office dress' as the appropriate dress for interviews. Dress up, not down. If you don't know, it's easier to take a tie off than not have one to put on. Make an error in dressing more formally than the opposite."

Bill Brady

Last updated: 06/27/2017