Dress Code

DRESS CODE


The following are considered “examples” of what employees should and should not wear as Business Casual Dress in the workplace. These suggestions are submitted as a guide to Department Heads responsible for establishing appropriate dress for their employees.

Basic Guidelines:

MEN

  • Hair: Should be clean, neat, and recently trimmed. Shave off beards or trim other facial hair; this includes nose and ear. Pull back longer hair or dreadlocks.
  • Jewelry: Probably only one pierced ear is acceptable, depending on the job and the field. Piercings other than the ears are not recommended for the interview. If you are going to wear a watch, wear a dress watch.
  • Tattoos: Should be covered.
  • Smells: Go light on aftershave/ cologne/ aromatic oils. You want them to listen to your words, not think about how you smell. Be freshly showered and use deodorant.

WOMEN

  • Hair: Clean, neat, and recently trimmed. If you fiddle with your hair or it gets in your way, pull it back off your face. Natural looking colors are more widely accepted. If you have dreadlocks, pull them back.
  • Jewelry: In most cases, wear small, unobtrusive jewelry. One set of earrings, a necklace, watch, etc. is recommended, unless you are going to a “creative” job. No noisy bracelets, bangles, etc. Piercings other than ears are not recommended for the interview.
  • Tattoos: Should be covered.
  • Smells: Go light on perfume/ cologne/ aromatic oils, or do not wear any at all. Be freshly showered and use deodorant.

 


Business Casual

 

MEN

What you should wear:

  • Slacks, khakis, chinos, or gabardine trousers
  • Shirts with collars (polo-style or button down)
  • Sport coats, when required
  • Dark dress shoes with appropriate matching socks

What you should not wear:

  •  T-shirts
  • Sport team jackets, shirts or any other “logo” clothing (except the University’s logo)
  • Athletic or gym wear
  • Shorts and sandals

WOMEN

What you should wear:

  • Slacks, pant suits, or moderate length skirts (with appropriate hosiery)
  • Shirts must be at least short-sleeve
  • Closed-toe shoes

What you should not wear:

  • T-shirts or sleeveless shirts
  • Sport team jackets, shirts or any other “logo” clothing (except the University’s logo)
  • Athletic, shorts or gym wear
  • Clubbing attire
  • Opened-toe shoes and sandals

Subtle colors are recommended (i.e. black, gray, khaki, or dark colors).


Business Professional

 

MEN

What you should wear:

  • Suits with matching jacket and tie (no clip-ons).
  • Shirts with collar (button down).
  • Dark dress shoes with appropriate matching socks.

WOMEN

What you should wear:

  • Pants or moderate length skirt suits (skirt suits are recommended).
  • Shirts with collar (button down).
  • Closed-toe shoes

Dark colored suits are recommended.

Feel free to approach any of the officers regarding your concerns to the business attire.


Here are examples of what to wear for interview: