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What to Wear

Dressing appropriately is crucial for making a good first impression at an interview or employer event. Professional dress indicates to the employer that you value yourself and your work. Use the below guide to dress for success or check out our workplace style board. Every interview and every interviewer is different. When in doubt, seek the advice of your career coach.

Business Professional

Job Interviewing Attire

Business Professional Clothes

Clothes should be:
  • Solid, dark or neutral colors
  • Light colors can be worn underneath
  • No stripes or bright prints/colors
Shoes should be:
  • Closed-toe heel or dress shoes
Matching Colors

Suit jacket and pants/skirt should be matching colors

Professional Bag or Purse

Bring Essentials Only!

Carry a portfolio, professional bag or simple purse

Personal Items and Cell Phones

Keep cell phones turned off and out of sight with personal items

Business Casual

Daily Work Attire

Business Casual Skirts and Dresses

Business Casual Colors and Styles
  • Nice pants/slacks
  • Dresses
  • No jeans, shorts, sundresses, or athletic wear
Skirts and Dresses

Skirts and dresses should be knee length when standing and thighs covered while seated

Business Casual Ties, Jackets, and Shoes

Jackets and Shoes

Wear blazers and cardigans with flats, boots, closed-toe shoes, or comfortable shoes for walking in


Ties can be optional

General Recommendations

It's All About The First Impression

Clothes should be:
  • Tailored
  • In good condition
  • Wrinkle and lint free

Neat and Clean Dress Shoes

Dress Shoes

Dress shoes should be neat and clean, no sandals



Well groomed hairstyle

Nail and Makeup

Nails and Makeup

Natural in style

Jewelry and Fragrance

Jewelry and Fragrance

Wear moderate jewelry with mild fragrance

Piercings and Tattoos

Piercings and Tattoos

Align to company culture or standards



Belts should match the color of your shoes and attire

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