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.

Check out our workplace style board.

Guidelines for Men

  • Business suit
  • Colors: preferably navy blue or medium to charcoal gray
  • Pattern: solid or pinstripe
  • Fabric: wool/polyester blend (year-round) or all wool (winter)
  • Tie: solid color, small polka dot, or conservative stripe (here is your chance to use color!)
  • Shirt: long sleeve, preferably solid white or light blue
  • Socks: long and dark (coordinate with suit)
  • Shoes: black (polished!); no boots, sandals or flip-flops!
  • Jewelry: very little - watch and no more than one ring on each hand
  • Hair: conservative length and style; minimal, well-groomed facial hair is acceptable.
  • Fragrance: minimal, light scent
  • Glasses: spotless


Guidelines for Women

  • Business suit (with coordinating pants or skirt)
  • Colors: navy or medium blue, medium to charcoal gray, wine, black or seasonal
  • Pattern: solid, tweed, or subtle plaid
  • Fabric: linen (spring and summer), wool/polyester blend (year-round), or all wool (winter)
  • Blouse: light color solid or small pattern
  • Shoes: plain pump (polished!), dark color, closed heel and toe, one-to-two inch heel
  • Hose: natural color
  • Jewelry: at most a necklace, earrings (one pair, no dangles), watch, and no more than one ring on each hand
  • Make-up: natural-looking, conservatively applied
  • Nails: filed, clear or light-tint polish
  • Fragrance: minimal, light scent
  • Glasses: spotless

Help
Every interview and every interviewer is different. When in doubt, seek the advice of your career counselor.