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Business Professional Dress Code Standards

Ticket to Ride, Etiquette Dinner, Professional Development Week and other College of Business events are all "dress code" events. They each enable you to practice dressing for a business-climate. Appearance does matter. Always check the work environment and/or event expectations you are entering to be sure you are dressed correctly so as not to detract from your qualifications as a business professional. If you are in doubt about how to dress for a business-related event, it is best to err on the side of conservatism.

For Women

  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Moderate shoes
  • Limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Non-patterned hosiery
  • Simple, clean make-up
  • Little or no perfume (always be cautious with fragrance in case others are allergic)
  • Manicured nails, no wild colored and/or chipped polish
  • No body piercings or tattoos showing
  • Hair out of face and neatly styled
  • Dress modestly. Watch cleavage and hemlines. 
  • No more than a 2 inch heel. Be sure you can professionally and comfortably walk in heels. An interview and/or business event is not  runway or red carpet event. 
  • Conservative handbag if you must have one. 

For Men

  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • Pressed button down, long sleeved shirt (shy away from bold colors)
  • Conservative tie
  • Dark socks, professional shoes
  • Very limited jewelry
  • Clean shave and/or neatly trimmed beard or moustache
  • Neat, professional hairstyle (NEVER wear a hat or sunglasses on your head)
  • Go easy on the aftershave
  • No body piercings or tattoos showing. 
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Make sure your shoes fit well and are polished.
  • Check pants hem length. It costs less than $5 to get pants hemmed and looks more professional than saggy hemlines, gentlemen. 


  • A basic pair of black slacks is a must for any work wardrobe.
  • Business casual attire is more formal than weekend wear.
  • Faded T-shirts, shorts, torn clothing and risqué attire are not appropriate.
  • Never wear a hat, hoodie or sunglasses.
  • Check your breath.  Never chew gum in an interview or at a professional event.
  • Cell phones off and out of sight.
  • Make sure clothing fits well and is pressed. 


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