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Suit Up: How to Dress for Success

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Elena Gomez

on 23 September 2015

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Transcript of Suit Up: How to Dress for Success

Ex: Business Casual

Inappropriate Attire

Tank tops; midriff tops;
Shirts with potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons, or slogans

Halter-tops; tops with bare shoulders Sweatshirts, and t-shirts unless worn under another blouse, shirt, jacket, or dress

Jeans, sweatpants, exercise pants, Bermuda shorts, short shorts, shorts, bib overalls, leggings, and any spandex or other form-fitting pants such as people wear for biking.

Mini-skirts, skorts, sun dresses, beach dresses, and spaghetti-strap dresses

Short, tight skirts that ride halfway up the thigh

What type of attire is appropriate for the situation?
What is inappropriate?
3. Smart Casual

“Look sharp without being too formal.. Look professional but also relaxed”

For Men: A collared shirt with jacket without a tie
The pattern and color of the jacket do not have to match with the pants

For Women: Skirt or pants are both fully acceptable
Jacket is optional
Plain dark wash jeans are acceptable for smart casual attire

4. Business Casual

For Men: Casual shirts, dress shirts, sweaters, tops, golf-type shirts, and turtlenecks
Most suit jackets or sport jackets
Slacks that are similar to Dockers and other makers of cotton or synthetic material pants
Wool pants, flannel pants,dressy capris

For Women:Casual dresses and skirts, and skirts that are split at or below the knee
Dress and skirt length should be at a length at which you can sit comfortably in public
You are interviewing for your dream internship for this upcoming summer at the accounting firm Ernst and Young.

NABA is hosting a casual alumni panel where some influential professionals will be in attendance. You want to make a good impression however you are coming straight from class.

You are meeting your boss for an informal lunch on a Saturday afternoon.

September 23rd 2013
NABA: The National Association for Black Accountants
In collaboration with:
Dress Codes: What are they?
Key pieces to have in your wardrobe
A tailored blazer in navy or black
These colors tend to work with any ensemble

A slim-fitting dress shirt
Dress shirts can easily be made to look casual with rolled up sleeves.

A pair of straight/boot leg denim jeans without any excessive detailing
Excessive stitching on pockets, rivets all over the place, rips and baggy cut jeans = NO!

Pair of well pressed, flat front chinos
Chinos are a great alternative to jeans
They can be easily dressed down or dressed up.

A quality briefcase/purse
A quality handbag will always compliment your look.

Ladies should all own a good nude/black plain heel

Suit Up: How to Dress for Success
Business Professional: Boardroom Attire

What is appropriate?

For Men: Suits with shirts and ties
Sports jackets with dress slacks, shirts and ties

For Women: Skirts, pants, dress tops and dresses with jackets
Business dresses with full shoulder coverage worn without a jacket

Conservative accessories: footwear, hosiery, belts, jewelry etc.

Business Formal: Blacktie Attire

For Men: Purchasing or renting a high-quality tuxedo is the way to go for men with this need

For Women: Women have expanded options today. Sometimes a long dress is the way to go, other times, a shorter cocktail style is appropriate.
Let's Test your Knowledge....
Identify what dress codes might apply to these outfits


When dressing for success..you put your socks on FIRST, then your pants and shoes. Finish off with shirt so you don't wrinkle it.

Skinny ties are fashionable.. Not professional. Socks need to match your pants and shoes need to match your belt.

For females, wear light natural looking makeup, nothing too distracting or flashy. Elegance is key.

Keep jewelry to a minimum because too many accessories can be distracting. Something like a simple watch is essential because
it is an embellishment and can enhance your presentation.

For men, a nice clip tie can accent a suit and it is such a small detail that can really tie a look together.

A wardrobe essential is a matching suit for business professional interviews. Mismatching pairs are noticeable when in a
professional environment, especially for females.

Invest in your professional pieces. Have pieces tailored to fit correctly.

Always dress to impress. Dress for the job you want.. Not the job you have.

Appearance is key. Understand what business function you are dressing for.
An Interview
A Networking event
A Luncheon
A Formal event
Happy Hour
The Interview
Dress Code: Business Professional or Business Casual

Be conservative: Wear neutral colors
Matching suit pieces are a must

The Networking Event
Attire: Business Professional/Casual (Depending on the occasion)

Don't Forget: Your business card

Be personable, have real conversations.

Build linkedin connections
The Luncheon
Attire: Business Professional/Casual or

Smart Casual (Depending on the employer)

Don't Forget: Your table manners!
The Formal Dinner
Attire: Business Formal

Don't Forget: This is an extensive network opportunity

Actively participate and be attentive
Remember your table manners!
The Happy Hour
It's time to loosen up the tie & roll up your sleeves.
Beware of who is in attendance. Never get too intoxicated.
Tips to Dress for Success
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