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Dress to Impress

look professional, First impressions count

You need to look polished and professional at career fairs, networking events, and interviews.

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business casual

Business casual looks should remain polished, but usually allow for subtle ruffles, prints and cuts. It means no suit, but also no jeans.

Here's what to wear:

  • Nice pants/slacks
  • Skirts and dresses that are knee length when standing and thighs covered while seated
  • Blazers and cardigans with flats, boots, or closed-toe shoes
  • No jeans, shorts, sundresses, or athletic wear
  • Ties optional
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business professional 

Most business professional styles include coordinated suits and skirts. Neutral and darker colors are more common; however, lighter colors can be appropriate in warmer seasons.

Here's what to wear:

  • Mix and match suit jackets and pants/skirt in solid, dark or neutral colors
  • Light colors can be worn underneath
  • Keep patterns subtle
  • Shoes should be closed-toe heels or dress shoes
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interview attire

An interview outfit conveys a lot about your level of professionalism to the interviewer. Regardless of the work environment, it's important to dress professionally for a job interview.

Here's what to wear:

  • Matching suit jacket and pants/skirt in solid, dark or neutral colors
  • Minimal jewelry
  • Standards may vary by industry

If you need guidance on where to find professional clothing, contact the Career Services Center.

General REcommendations

Since it's all about the first impression.


  • Clothes should be tailored, in good condition, and wrinkle and lint free.
  • Avoid the “messy” look. Groom your hair, natural hair & makeup, moderate jewelry with mild fragrance, straighten your tie.
  • Your professional look should be conservative but still show some of your own personality.


  • No flip-flops or dirty dress shoes.
  • Don’t smell like cigarette smoke.

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