Professional Attire

dress for success

  • Stay true to who you are. Confidence is key and its hard to be confident if you're uncomfortable in your clothing
  • The basic rule for a job interview is to dress one step above what you’d be wearing on the job
  • Think about your career field; research how professionals dress in various organizational environments (i.e. some company cultures may be more traditional while others may be more relaxed) 
  • If you are not sure what is appropriate dress for your field, it is ok to call Human Resources to ask
  • Do you have questions around gender identity, authenticity and expression in your professional dress? Contact

What is...

Business Professional?


Business Professional traditionally includes a jacket and pants/skirt/dress.

  • Solid, Dark or Neutral Colors, such as black, taupe, beige, brown, blue and gray
  • Light colors can be worn underneath
  • No Stripes or Bright Prints/Colors
  • Closed-Toe Heel or Dress Shoes
  • Suit Jacket & Pants/Skirt should be matching colors
  • Carry a portfolio, professional bag or simple purse with essentials only

Business Casual?


Business Casual does not include the full suit but may include a relaxed style of jacket/shirt/blouse/sweater and pants/skirt/dress

  • Nice Pants / Slacks
  • Dresses
  • No Jeans, Shorts, Sundresses or Athletic Wear
  • Ties are Optional
  • Skirts and Dresses should be knee-length when standing and thighs covered while seated
  • Jackets & Shoes: Blazers & Cardigans with flats, boots, closed-toe shoes or comfortable shoes for walking in

Tips for Both Business Professional & Casual

  • Make sure colors of clothing items are complementary
  • Try clothes on early and make sure they are right fit
  • Clothes should be tailored, in good condition and wrinkle/lint free
  • Avoid distracting accessories, jeans, shorts and athletic shoes
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Wear moderate jewelery with mild fragrance
  • Belts should match the color of your shoes and attire


professional clothing closet

Did you know?

The University Career Center operates a professional clothing closet where students have the opportunity to select professional attire needed for an interview, career fair, networking event or everyday work.

More about the Clothing Closet