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									Dress to
Meet the Firms
February 14, 2007
Why dress special for an
 looks can kill—opportunities
Because it shows
 you recognize this as an important occasion
Because it shows
 respect for your interviewer
Because it shows
 you can adapt to company expectations

   Clean
   Neat
   Professionally styled/cut
   No unusual hair colors
   No big barrettes or combs
   Nothing distracting
 Clean and fresh smelling
 Natural looking makeup (women only)
 No jewelry except:
    wedding ring
    functional conservative watch that doesn’t beep
     during the interview
 Clean and well manicured hands
 Natural colored, clear, or no nail polish
 No visible tattoos or body piercing
 Perfume—when in doubt don’t
 Be sure to brush and floss your teeth—carry small

 Women
  Skirted suit or pantsuit, conservatively
     Skirts usually knee-length
     Appropriate colors are navy, black or gray
     Cleaned and pressed
     Not flashy
Clothing—buying guide

   You should be able to button and/or
    zip and still allow you to move and sit
    comfortably—“pinch an inch”
   Clothing should be smooth, without
    pulls or wrinkles
   Sleeves should cover the bend in the
   Hem should be even and stitches well
No visible blouse would be worn under this jacket
A little trendy
Traditional blouse would be better
Sleeve length good
Needs blouse, no
 Good except for
  ruffle on skirt
 Notice the soft drape
  of the fabric.
 Blouse or shell could
  be worn under jacket
 Non traditional collar
Double breasted
Double Breasted Jackets

 Double breasted jackets add bulk
   Use only if you need bulk
 Double breasted jackets should
  remain buttoned
 Never wear a button down collar with
  a double breasted jacket
      Blouse or shirt
 White, ivory or light      Avoid tight fit
  colored blouse or shirt    Avoid sheer
 Long sleeved               Avoid low necklines
 Conservative lines         Avoid sleeveless and
 Neckline should             short sleeved
  compliment jacket lapel    If button up, make
 Quality-silk or cotton      sure buttons don’t
 Cleaned and pressed         gape at bust line
Blouse/shirt examples
Linen wrinkles
Wrap around--possible peek-a-boo problems
Mentioning the unmentionables

 Panties, no thongs—thong lines are
 Appropriately colored underwear--so
  it doesn’t show thru
 Always wear hose with a skirt—
      Color? Plain-style, non-patterned in a neutral
       color. Take an extra pair “in case”.
Shoes and accessories

 Wear low heeled pumps in a neutral
  color that matches your accessories
 Be sure they are clean and polished
 Avoid open toed shoes
 If you wear a belt or carry a purse or
  briefcase (one, not both) be sure they
  are the same color, polished and
Keep is simple
A little more risky for some
    Younger Women can wear a
    little higher heel to the office
                  But NOT these
Like these
1 color
2 texture
3 heal height
Good heal height
What to wear for men

  Suit
     Fit
  Shirt
  Accessories, socks, shoes

 Conservative—Two-piece two-
  buttoned, vented, single breasted
  business suit, 100% Worsted Wool,
  fully lined coat, half lined trousers in
  navy blue or charcoal gray (pinstripe,
  muted plaid, solid or herringbone)

   Semi-Conservative—Same as
    conservative plus three or four button
    suit in navy, charcoal, earth tones or
    possibly even black. Additional
    options are textured fabrics in lighter
    to medium tones, as well as non-
    vented jackets. The more creative
    your work environment the more
    creative you clothing options.
Jacket Fit
   Jacket should lie smoothly over your shoulders and across your

   Shoulders cut too wide diminish the head.
   Shoulders cut too narrow make the head appear larger than it is.
   The jacket's shoulders frame the head--A balanced presentation.

   Collar should follow neck silhouette closely—no gaping
   Jacket length should cover your entire seat and should be half the
    distance from the collar seam to the floor. Jacket hem should line
    up with the thumb knuckle.
   Sleeves should cover the break of the wrist, allowing ¼ to ½ inch of
    shirt cuff to show
Hollywood knows about
sleeves length

              You should too.
Trouser fit
 The waist of your trousers should be just at or slightly
  below your navel and should fit snugly without feeling
  tight. This puts the crotch of the pants at the crotch of
  the wearer, which allows for movement without
  stressing the pants.
 Trousers should fit smoothly across the top of the
  buttocks, then follow the curve about halfway down,
  then fall straight down. When pants follow the curve all
  the way down, we call them jeans!
 Hems may be either straight or cuffed—if cuffed, make
  sure they are proportional to the wearers height.
 White is best. When in doubt wear white.
 100 percent cotton is preferred
 Point, button tab, or spread collars best
     Point collar for fuller faces
     Spread collar for narrower faces
 Collar should show ½ inch above jacket collar at nape of
 Cuff should show ¼ to ½ inch below sleeve. Sleeve must
  have enough length for the arm to bend without pulling on
  the cuff. Cuff must fit snugly so additional sleeve length will
  not fall over the hand.
 Very clean and well pressed
 Shirt should fit well and have an index finger of breathing
  room at the collar.
Shirt samples—spread/point collar
Narrow face, spread collar
Wide face, pointed collar
 Ties
    Conservative pattern in silk or silk like fabric
    Must coordinate with suit, but contrast with shirt
 Shoes
    Lace-up, wing tip, cap toe or split toe styles
    Clean and polished in very good condition
    No tassels, loafers or cowboy boots
 Socks
    Should match your pants
    Wear over the calf socks that won’t slide down
 Belt, briefcase
    Leather matches leather—shoes, belt, briefcase
    Metal matches metal—belt buckle, watch metal, etc.
Tie samples
Subtle or simple patterns enhance credibility
Men’s Dress Shoes
The little things count

 Wear a tee shirt under your shirt
 Make sure your nails are well
  manicured and hands not rough
 Moisturize your face
 No beards or mustaches
 Line it up
           tie/belt buckle/zipper
 Unbutton your suit coat when sitting
   Never button just the bottom button of a suit coat

 Use a full length mirror
 Repeat what is good or compliments
 Do not repeat what is not good or
 Proportionalize your patterns
 Beware of texture
 Ladies—use proportion to your
   www.menswarehouse.com
   www.brooksbrothers.com
   www.thejobexchange.com/women_attire.html
   www.amdt.wsu.edu/research/dti/general_guidelines.ht
   www.seekingsuccess.com/articles/art166.php3
   http://www.mens-fashion-tips.com/index.html
   www.zappos.com
   Style and the Man by Alan Flusser
   MBA Style Magazine’s Color and Patterns to Wear for

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