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Dressing Appropriately With Your Business Clothes

by Jackson B

You will often hear the terms: business professional and business casual used interchangeably when it comes to job interview attire. However, the truth is that these words actually mean different things. The only difference is the wearability of a professional business suit. While business professionals may not dress as casually as college students, they do dress professionally enough to be considered a professional. When you know where you’re interviewing, try asking for guidance about what attire would be best for such business professional attire. Here are some options for what to wear:

Professional. This dress code means business attire should be well-tailored and professional-looking. Business suits, dress shirts, and jackets should never be worn in a casual or fun environment. Even if you’re interviewing on a work site, your professional attire should be in a business-like tone.

Formal. While you shouldn’t be expected to dress in an overly formal manner, business professional attire isn’t necessarily conservative. In fact, many businesses welcome business casual attire because it lets people know that the interviewers are serious about their careers.

Casual. When it comes to business casual attire, there’s no such thing as too much dress. If you’re pressed for time during an interview, go with a button-down shirt and slacks. If you’re pressed for time but want to show a little bit of your personality, you can wear a jacket. Dressy business suits are acceptable (even if you’re on the job board). Remember, though, always look professional with business casual shoes.

Business Professional. Your business professional wardrobe should always include the basics: a nice dress shirt, a necktie, a tie knot, and dress pants. You can add a blazer if you’re going for that added professional touch, but keep the rest of your clothing simple. Keep in mind that business professional wear is more informal than formal business attire, so you don’t have to worry about being perfectly put together.

Business Professional. Again, a business professional dress code is really about being professional with the way you choose to groom yourself. You can easily get away with wearing less-formal shirts and suits with a good pair of dress pants and a nice belt, or you can go all out and dress down with suits and leather dresses (remember to buy ties with your suits). Your business professional image should be about being polished, not sloppy.

Casual. When you dress down, you open yourself up to opportunities like dressing up for an interview (which is an opportunity you can take advantage of, if you can pull it off), wearing wrinkled or worn-out clothing to work, or just letting yourself go in general. Dress down and you’ll definitely show these people that you don’t take yourself too seriously; dress up and you’ll present yourself as a business professional with an attitude and a sharp business brain.

Navy. If you don’t already own a navy suit, you’re in luck, because this color is extremely popular for business professional attire today. Even though a solid navy suit isn’t a good choice for every business setting, there are plenty of different styles of suits available. The key is to find something that has a bit of character and style to it. A great option is a three-button suit that features a slightly distressed look on the front; it also pairs nicely with both blouses and suits.

Black. Black is the classic business professional wear color. It goes well with just about anything and works as well as any other color, really. One of the best things about this color is that even though you can get it in so many different styles and colors, black still manages to be classic. This means that if you do have a particular look in mind for your business professional attire, you should be able to find one that works with it easily.

Red. Of all of the colors we’ve talked about here, red is the most controversial, but that’s only because you can find red business attire for just about any occasion. However, the only time when you should really dress red is if you’re going to a funeral or on vacation. Red is dramatic, but can also be overwhelming, especially in the workplace, so keep that in mind. Also, don’t think that dressing appropriately with red will make you look masculine; women can look just as sexy in red as men can.

Flats or Low Heels. Many men want to look like the guy who answers all the phone calls at the office, but not everyone wants to wear shoes that are only good for the airport. If you have no problem wearing business attire with flip flops or low heels, then you should have no problem at an interview. Just make sure that you dress them right, and don’t forget about the dress code.


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