Dress for Success

First impressions are important, and what you wear says a lot about who you are. Do not make the mistake of underestimating the importance of looking sharp when you meet potential employers!

Attire guidelines

Business professional

  • Men -- A suit in a conservative color (e.g., black, navy or gray) made of wool, gabardine or wool blend. Long-sleeved dress shirt in white, ecru or light blue. Tie with subtle patterns and colors. Socks should match the pant color. Polished leather lace-up shoes in black, brown or burgundy that either match or are darker than the suit. Belt to match shoes.

  • Women -- A traditional suit in a conservative color (e.g., black, navy or gray) made of wool, gabardine, rayon or a blend. Avoid trendy styles. A skirt suit is most conservative and formal. Skirts should be knee-length, and panty hose are a must. If uncomfortable in skirts, pant suits are acceptable. Blouses should be a conservative color (pastels). One-to-two-inch, closed-toe heel (pump or sling back) of a quality leather that is darker than the suit color.

Business casual

  • Men -- Traditional dress slacks in a conservative color (e.g., browns, grays or navy). Dress shirt or oxford shirt in a solid color, pinstripe or small check pattern. An optional sport coat or blazer would be appropriate. Leather loafers or oxfords in brown or black. Matching belt. Socks to match pant color.

  • Women -- Pant suits, knee-length skirt and blazer, or dress pants and cardigan sweater set in conservative colors are appropriate. Closed-toe heel (pump or sling back) or dress flat of a quality leather.


  • Students would come as they dress for class. This could mean jeans, T-shirt and flip flops, khaki/non-cargo shorts, polo shirt and tennis shoes, cotton dresses, etc.