Dress to Impress

How you choose to visually present yourself makes a lasting impression. 

Business professional for women:

Suits: Wear a conservative pant or skirt suit in a neutral color; the skirt should be at least knee-length. Make sure clothing is not too tight or too loose. 

Blouses: Keep it simple. Avoid flashy colors and styles, low-cut necklines, strapless, halters, and tang tops.

Shoes: Flats or low heels up to 2 inches are appropriate. If you cannot walk normally in them, do not wear them. Avoid bright colors, sparkles, and prints. Pair with plain tights or stockings. Avoid bold patterns and lace.

Business professional for men:

Suits: Wear a dark colored, two-piece suit; jacket and slacks should not be contrasting colors. Dark blue, gray, brown, black, or muted pin-stripes are all acceptable.

Shirts: A white or light colored button-down shirt with a collar is appropriate. It should always be ironed. Wear a plain withe t-shirt underneath light colored dress shirts.

Ties: Ties are a non-negotiable. Always wear a tie. Keep it simple, conservative, and complimentary to your suit. The How to Tie a Tie website contains videos on how to tie four different types of knots, the appropriate length of the tie, and other job interview dress tips.

Shoes: Wear brown or black dress shoes; match your belt and shoes. Socks should cover your calf and match your suit color; no white athletic socks.

 General Tips:

  • Avoid excessive jewelry, make-up, cologne, or perfume.
  • Make sure you are clean and well-groomed: shoes are polished, fingernails trimmed, conservative nail polish, clean shaven, hair is styled appropriately.
  • Instead of a casual purse or backpack, carry a professional bag or portfolio.
  • Dress one step above the office culture.

Career Fair Attire:

Business casual attire is appropriate for K-State career fairs. Business casual for men means slacks or khakis with a dress shirt. A tie is recommended for a professional appearance. Business casual for women is widely defined but dress slacks or a simple skirt with a button-down shirt are good choices. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are advisable. For both men and women, accessories should be kept to a minimum. Business professional is also commonly worn to career events.