Appropriate Professional Attire

What to wear

You have limited time to make a first impression during an interview or networking event. Showcase your authentic professional expression by choosing an appropriate outfit for the desired role that is aligned with your style.

When exploring what to wear for interviews and networking opportunities, start by asking yourself…

  • Do I feel confident and comfortable?
  • Does this choice reflect how I want to be seen at work?
  • Does my outfit achieve the three P’s – proper fit, polished, professional?
  • Is my expression aligned with the industry standard for my desired role?

Next, consider the suggestions below when selecting your outfit.

Please note: students who do not have access to professional attire may visit Clothing Closet, which provides attire for career fairs, interviews, and networking.


Business professional


Recommended business attire

  • Blouse, collared shirt, or dress shirt with sleeves
  • Suit, dress pants, or skirts in black, gray, or navy
  • Closed-toe shoes in dark color with low or no heel
  • Ties, bags, jewelry, and other accessories in simple patterns and colors
  • Makeup and fragrances in moderation


Business casual


Recommended business casual attire

  • Collared dress shirt, blouse, turtleneck, dress sweater, or vest over a shirt
  • Dark-colored dress slacks or trousers
  • Clean shoes and accessories in good condition
  • Makeup and fragrances in moderation

Recommended business smart casual attire

  • Sweaters, henleys, button-downs, blouses, and nice T-shirts
  • A quality pair of non-ripped denim jeans, chinos, khakis, or linen pants
  • Pencil skirts, midi skirts, A-line skirts, pleated skirts, and maxi shorts
  • Clean shoes, professional shoes, and accessories in good condition (Leather, Canvas or Suede sneakers)
  • Makeup and fragrances in moderation