A jobseeker with other professionals

Professional Dress

  • Professional Dress for Women


    •  Keep hair away from face in a neat fashion—keeping hair back is typical
    •  Wear natural-looking makeup; avoid heavy, distracting makeup use
    •  Avoid overly long nails/nail art—maintain clean, manicured nails
    •  Refrain from heavy perfume use


    •  Wear a conservative, matching two-piece business suit; both pant suits and knee-length skirts are  appropriate; wear neutral colors like black, navy, brown, and grey
    •  Match your jacket with a lighter colored button-down shirt or blouse
    •  Wear at or near-skin tone pantyhose
    •  Keep a pair of low-heeled, closed-toe shoes
    •  Avoid excessive, distracting jewelry
    •  Cover up any visible tattoos
    •  Carry a professional bag, purse, or clutch, but only keep one


  • Professional Dress for Men


    •  Have your hair neatly trimmed and clean (including facial hair)
    •  Avoid using cologne
    •  Trim and clean nails


    •  Wear a dark, conservative, matching 2- or 3-piece suit
    •  Wear a long-sleeved, button down, light colored shirt under your jacket; use an undershirt to  avoid visible perspiration
    •  Choose a tie that has a more conservative pattern
    •  Wear dark work or dress shoes with dark socks that cover at least half your calf 
    •  Match your leather belt to your shoes
    •  Cover any visible piercings or tattoos



  • Business Casual


    •  Follow the same guidelines for skirt and pant length as you would for normal interview attire
    •  Tailored knit sweaters and/or sweater sets are appropriate attire 
    •  While high heels and platforms aren’t appropriate, sandals can work in a business casual setting, close-toed shoes are always safest
    •  Pantyhose aren’t necessary for business casual, but can still be appropriate for different situations


    •  Ties are not necessary 
    •  Keep facial hair well-groomed, if worn
    •  Avoid wearing distracting or flashy watches or jewelry, if you choose to wear any
    •  Removing earrings is safest, but look at what other men in your industry do for reference


  • General Tips
    •  Keep a portfolio or briefcase with your resume, paper (for notes), pens, keys, and other  essentials
    •  Leave your cellphone off and in your bag, or better, in your car
    •  Appropriate professional dress varies among industries. Use these tips as guidelines and make    alterations as necessary