How To: Dress for Your Role

How To: Dress for Your Role

Once you enter the professional world, you should dress like it. Different companies have different dress codes, and you should know the difference between business professional and business casual so you don’t show up on your first day either overdressed or underdressed. Here are three examples of typical professional dress codes:

Business Professional

Women

  • Suit
  • Business-style dress
  • Blazer or jacket
  • Stockings (optional)
  • Low or high heels

Men

  • Business suit
  • Dress shirt (button down)
  • Tie
  • Dress shoes and dress socks (creative socks are always a fun touch)

Business Casual

Women

  • Skirt, khakis or pants
  • Open-collar shirt, knit shirt or sweater (no spaghetti straps ladies)
  • Dress

Men

  • Sport coat or blazer with slacks or khakis
  • Dress shirt, button-down shirt or polo shirt
  • Tie (optional)
  • Loafers and socks

Dressy Casual

Women

  • Dress
  • Skirt
  • Nice jeans (NO rips, wears or tears)
  • Dressy top (again, no spaghetti straps)

Men

  • Casual button-down shirt or polo shirt
  • Optional tie
  • Slacks, khakis or nice jeans (no rips, wears or tears for you either gentlemen)

According to Forbes article, “How To Dress For Success,” Sarah Boyd says, “Honing in on your job’s dress code will not only help you appropriately dress for your office, but a powerful professional wardrobe can also lead you down the path to success.”

Remember, these are just suggestions of what a typical dress code might include- be sure to check and abide by your company’s specific dress code!

Dress well and start your climb to the top.

Good luck!