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Dress for Success

The following is a list of suggestions on dress and appearance when going to a job interview.  The best guideline to following is to dress conservatively, and to dress “one step” above what you might wear on a typical day of work.

Business Professional (Job Interviewing Attire)


  • Solid, dark or neutral colors
  • Light colors can be worn underneath
  • No stripes or bright prints/colors


  • Closed-toe heel or dress shoes

Suit Jacket and Pants/Skirt:

  • Should be matching colors
  • Dark gray, navy, or black
  • Long sleeve, button-down white shirt with cuff just past sleeve of suit jacket
  • White blouse or color that matches formal pants suit

Hair and Facial Hair:

  • Well groomed; neatly trimmed

Jewelry and Fragrance:

  • Moderate jewelry
  • Avoid strong perfume or cologne


  • Tie should reach just above belt buckle
  • Keep cellphones turned off and out of sight
  • Carry a portfolio, professional bag, or simple purse
  • Socks same color as pants; Stockings natural color

Business Casual (Daily Work Attire)

Colors and Styles:

  • Nice pants/slacks
  • Dresses
  • No jeans, shorts, sundresses or athletic wear

Skirts and Dresses:

  • Should be knee length when standing and cover thighs while seated


  • Optional

Jackets and Shoes:

  • Blazers and cardigans with flats, boots, closed-toe shoes, or comfortable shoes for walking.


  • Tailored and fit properly (not too long or too short)
  • In good condition
  • Wrinkle and lint free

Hair and Facial Hair:

  • Well groomed; neatly trimmed

Nails and Makeup:

  • Natural in style

Jewelry and Fragrance:

  • Moderate jewelry
  • Avoid strong perfume or cologne


  • Neat and clean


  • Should match the color of your shoes and attire

Adapted from Stetson University’s Office of Career and Professional Development:

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