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.”


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