Dress For Success

Dressing for success is an important aspect in being a respected professional. Office attire can range from business casual to business professional and it is important to
know the difference!

Below are some tips and examples of what to wear.


First impressions can only happen once, so make it count!

Some general rules for business attire…

  • For men and women, all clothing should be well fitting, in good condition and wrinkle-free.
  • Shoes should be neat and clean.
  • No more than three pieces of jewelry should be worn in the office.
  • For women, makeup should be natural.
  • For women, all skirts and dresses should hit at the knee or just above the knee.
  • For men, shoes and belts should match in color.

However, business casual differs from business professional in several ways.


Business casual
attire includes:

  • Blazers and cardigans
  • Men can wear nice slacks, khaki pants, while women are allowed to wear casual dresses and skirts
  • Socks should match and cover ankles.
  • Men should be clean shaven and facial hair should be neatly trimmed.
  • No athletic wear is acceptable for business casual attire.

Business professional attire includes:

  • Suit jackets as well as pants and skirts that match the jacketfullsizerender-1
  • Colors should consist of solid neutrals (black, gray, or navy)
  • Darker colors should be worn on top and light colors underneath.
  • Women should wear close-toed heels with 1 or 2 inch height.
  • Men should wear dress shoes with dress socks that match.
  • Men should also make sure their belt matches their dress shoes.
  • Men should wear a tie that touches the top of their belt.
  • Socks should match and cover ankles.
  • Men should be clean shaven and facial hair should be neatly trimmed.
  • All front facing pockets should be empty.
  • No athletic wear is acceptable for business professional attire.

Remember, you don’t need to invest a lot of money on a suit or a new wardrobe. The main thing to focus on is looking your personal best!

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“The most important thing with a suit is fit, you can buy a $20 suit and pay an extra $20 to have it tailored and look like a million bucks, but if you buy a $500 suit and it doesn’t fit you properly it will have the opposite effect.  It’s not about the money you spend!”  – Erika

 

 

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“My biggest pet peeve is when someone wears white ankle socks under their suit pants, it ruins the whole look.” – Rick

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