Hints on how to dress professionally

Editor’s Note: Today Brittany, our former fashionable intern, addresses what business professional dress is.

Not sure exactly what business professional dress should be? There are many different opinions on how students should dress for class, career fairs, work and internships. To play it safe, when dressing for any of those occasions, it’s always better to be over dressed then under dressed. So, now you may be wondering, what is business professional?

For women:

  • Suit, dress, skirt that is conservative and at or below the knee
  • Blouse, shirt in a modest style, white or soft/light colors
  • Shoes that are pumps, medium heels, kitten heels, or flats
  • Purse should be medium to small in size with a color that goes with your outfit or black
  • Nails should be nicely clipped; less jewelry is better, light perfume, and natural makeup if any

For men:

  • Suit, blazer, jacket: dark blue, gray, muted pin-stripes
  • Shirt: white, pale blue, pale yellow
  • Tie: conservative, classic
  • Shoes: polished slip-ons or laced dress shoes; brown, or black
  • Nails should be nicely clipped, less cologne is better

Dressing business professional can tell you a lot about a person. You only get one first impression. You can be accepted – or rejected – in just 30 seconds based on your appearance alone.

Dressing professionally can make you feel better about yourself as well. Yes, we all know how comfy sweats and a T-shirt can be; however, they also give off an “I don’t care” type of vibe. Instead, when you dress in business clothes, you tend to have better posture, project more confidence, and get a more positive response from people. As the saying goes, “when you look good, you feel good.”

Hey college students: Here’s how to dress young and professionally

Editor’s Note: Here’s another post from Brittany Scruggs, our former intern who has an incredible sense of style.

First impressions are everything. What better way to express yourself than dressing how you feel or catering to your personality? I understand you are a college student, but you are also a young professional. Here are for tips to help you along the way:

  1. Men, try to get to know fitted blazers. Pick ones that come up just above your waist, not longer than your mid-section. Find ones that fit your upper body and stay away from bulky shoulder pads. Underneath your blazer, you should add a simple shirt.
  2. Also, you don’t have to stick with the traditional black and gray every day. You can venture out and add your favorite colors to your outfits. Of course, you won’t want anything that’s too bright or loud.
  3. Women, you don’t have to stick with the usual black dress pants and white button-down shirt. Dark pants and skirts are fine, but don’t be afraid to add some color to your outfit.
  4. Find yourself a pair of cute flats, if you’re wearing pants and fashionable boots for a skirt.