Fresh off the heels of another successful career event, we feel it’s only appropriate to cover some basic information so you are fully aware and prepared for future events to come. After all, looking the part is half the battle, right? Which leads to the question of topic this week, the difference between dressing business professional and business casual. Do you know the difference?
Business professional is exactly how it sounds: professional. This means suits & ties for men, and suits or skirts with jackets and plain high heels for women. But it’s not just the clothing that makes you look the part. Jewelry should be kept to a minimum (avoid costume jewelry), tattoos may need to be hidden, and piercings removed (unless they are in your ear). Refer to the Career Event Prep Booklet for a guide to appropriate attire.
Business causal is a term that is used frequently within many organizational environments. Although you may seem to think you have a very clear explanation of what it means, it can often have an ambiguous understanding. Business casual in it’s simplest form can best be explained as a form of attire that is less formal than what we understand as professional business attire. It is intended to give the appearance of professional businesslike work wear, without the complete and overall feeling of a stuffy suit. Here are some basic guidelines to know if you are dressed professional, business casual or casual when preparing for an interview or going to a career event.
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Even the color you wear sends a signal and gives a brief description about the mood you may be in, the attitude, and confidence levels. Here’s a color chart to help you think about your selection:
Here are some fun facts:
- Only 6% of men wear a tie to work everyday (Read Article)
- 55% of first impressions are based on how you look (Find Out More)
- Millennialsare more likely to have some form or body art than their older colleagues (Related Article)
These are just a few things to consider when trying to determine if your workplace attire is appropriate. Making a good first impression could very well mean an opportunity to land that interview or the career of your dreams.
Think you’re ready for that job fair or interview? Think you have a handle on what business professional is? Take this quiz by ProProfs to find out!
Business casual attire is on the rise and you should be in the know: The Business Research Lab Study.
The next time you are informed about an event or land that next interview, you will be armed with good information to Dress Like a Success!