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Business Professional Attire


Business professional attire is required by some companies that feel the image of its employees also represents the image of the company. Put your most professional foot forward with the following guidelines.

Professional Dress Codes

The key to appropriate dress when following a professional dress code is to always project an impression of professionalism and confidence.

Therefore, all attire, right down to the shoes, socks, and accessories, must be clean, well-fitting, pressed, well-matched, and made of quality material. Nothing in your ensemble should be stained, worn, or frayed.

The business professional dress code also requires the individual to be well-groomed, neatly manicured, and to adhere to meticulous personal hygiene habits. Jewelry and accessories for both genders should be limited, simple, and of high quality. These items include briefcases, handbags, purses, portfolios, and pens. Accessories should closely coordinate with your attire and shoes. Neither gender should be heavily scented.

Example Attire for Men

Suits: preferably a conservative suit in navy, black, or grey; may be pinstriped or solid.

Shirts: should be a button down long-sleeved shirt in either solid white or blue; the more patterns and color added in, then the more focus is placed on your attire rather than your abilities.

Ties: should be simple and subtle, made of silk or a silk like material.

Socks: preferably calf-length or above, matched to suit and it goes without saying, matched to each other.

Shoes: must be conservative, well-polished, and should be lace-up rather than slip-ons.

Attire for Women

Suits: may be with a skirt or pants, preferably a conservative color and style. Although a dress is appropriate, it doesn’t offer the same credibility as a suit does unless it’s worn with a matching jacket. Skirts/dresses should be knee-length or slightly above or below knee. No more than two inches above the knee maximum. Pants should reach the top of the foot or shoe.

Blouses/Sweaters: should be appealing, but not revealing undergarments, cleavage, bare shoulders, back or mid-riff.

Socks: hosiery in neutral or flesh-tone colors make the best choices. Keep an extra pair handy, and never wear dark hose with light-colored clothing or shoes.

Shoes: preferably low-heel rather than flats or high heels; shouldn’t be sandal, open-toed, or backless shoes.

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