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

  • A suit in a conservative color (black, navy, or gray) made of professional quality fabric. Avoid trendy styles. Long-sleeved dress shirt conservative colors (pastels.) Ties with subtle patterns and colors. Socks should match the pant color. Polished lace-up shoes in black, brown or burgundy that either match or are darker than the suit. Belt to match shoes. Skirts should be knee-length. Blouses should be a conservative color (pastels). One-to-two-inch, closed-toe heel (pump or sling back) of a quality material that is darker than the suit color.

Business Casual

  • Traditional dress slacks, pant suits, or knee length skirt with blazer in a conservative color (browns, grays or navy). Dress shirt or oxford shirt in a solid color, pinstripe or small check pattern, or a dress shirt paired with a coordinating cardigan in a solid color. An optional sport coat or blazer would be appropriate. Leather loafers or oxfords in brown or black. Matching belt. Socks to match pant color. Closed-toe heel (pump or sling back) or dress flat of quality material.


  • 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.