Proper Business Attire

Dress for Interview Success!

1. Business Formal: This is the standard dress code for an interview.

Women’s Business Formal:

 

  • Pant suit (preferably in a dark color), which includes tailored pants and jacket, and solid (or subtle patterned) blouse/top.
  • Skirt suit (preferably in a dark color), which includes knee-length skirt, tailored jacket, and solid (or subtle patterned) blouse/top. 
  • Closed toed shoes with no more than 1-2 inch heels.
  • Minimal jewelry such as rings, bracelets, or necklaces.
  • Small to medium size purse, along with portfolio, pen, and extra copies of your resume.
  • Subtle make-up.
  • Avoid perfumes.

 

Men’s Business Formal:
  • Two-piece, single-breasted, and dark (solid color or conservative pinstripes) suit.
  • White dress shirt and with a white undershirt underneath and conservative tie (no bowties, bright colors, or bold patterns).
  • Dark, polished shoes and matching socks.
  • Portfolio, pen, and extra copies of your resume.
  • Conservative, short haircut and trimmed or shaved facial hair.
  • Avoid cologne.

 

2. Business Casual: This is the typical attire used once hired. Be sure to discuss office policies with your internship or employment supervisor.

Women’s Business Casual:
  • Jacket, blouse, cardigan, or conservative top with pants or a knee-length skirt.
  • Simple, knee-length dress (nothing low-cut).
  • Closed or open toed shoes (no flip flops).
  • No jeans or casual sun dresses.
  • Spaghetti straps are not appropriate.

 

Men’s Business Casual:
  • Pants (dark or khaki).
  • Collared button up shirt with a white undershirt underneath or a collared knit polo shirt.
  • Leather shoes (no sneakers or flip flops).
  • No jeans.

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact:

Director of Career Success
Louise Downey
School of Business, Borick Building Room 216
970.949.3006
businesscareers@western.edu