Business Wardrobe Guideline for New Professionals

With trends and new styles, the lines can sometimes feel blurred between casual, business casual and business professional. For new professionals, navigating through these wardrobe differences can be tricky. Your new company is business casual with casual Fridays, but you need to dress business professional for conferences? What does that really mean? Check out our guideline below:

Business Professional

Men

  • Suit
  • Button-down shirt, tie required
  • Dark socks
  • Polished shoes
  • Minimal cologne
  • No jewelry other than conservative watches and rings
  • Neutral colors

Women

  • Suit
  • Silk or button-down shirt
  • Dark knee- or calf-length pencil skirt
  • Knee- or calf-length dress
  • Conservative neckline
  • Low-healed or flat close-toed shoes
  • Minimal perfume
  • Minimal jewelry
  • Clean makeup
  • Neutral colors

Business Casual

Men

  • Sweaters or polos
  • Button-down shirt, tie optional
  • Khaki, gabardine or cotton pants
  • Brown or black shoes

Women

  • Sweaters or cardigans
  • Khaki, corduroy, twill or cotton pants
  • Knee- or calf-length khaki, corduroy, twill or cotton skirt
  • Capri-length pants
  • Knit or polo shirts
  • Conservative neckline
  • Boots, heels or dress sandals

Casual

Men

  • Sweaters, knits or button-down shirts
  • Jeans with no holes or fraying
  • Brown or black shoes, no flip flops

Women

  • Sweaters or cardigans
  • Knit or polo shirts
  • Conservative neckline
  • Cotton skirts or jeans with no holes or fraying
  • Boots, heels or dress sandals, no flip flops

Every company is a little different, so if all else fails, just ask your supervisor about your wardrobe!

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