Dress Code 2012


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a quick overview of business casual/business professional dress code

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Dress Code 2012

  1. 1. BUSINESS/BUSINESS CASUAL DRESS CODEClothes you wear communicate who you are and what you represent. Dressing inappropriately for an occasion can be misunderstood as afailure to understand social rules: a big disadvantage to have when you are being compared to other candidates.GENERAL:  Make sure your clothes are clean, well-pressed, and do not show wear. Carefully inspect new clothes for tags, and all clothes for loose threads or fading/dirt e.g. at the bottom of pants.  It’s almost always better to be OVERDRESSED. You can always take off a tie if you notice most people don’t wear ties at the event.  The more structure to clothes, the more professional you look  When wearing pants wear dark socks, mid-calf length so no skin is visible when you sit down (applies for both men and women)  When in doubt, stay away from patterns.Most images: Banana Republic 2012Business Attire for MenDOs:  Suit in solid darks: black, navy  Invest in quality you can count on during your time at Kellogg and the first year at a new job.DON’Ts:  Suits that don’t fit well  Suit that make you overheat  You don’t have to spend a fortune on clothes (in some cases very expensive clothes might send a wrong message esp. to upper management).
  2. 2. Business Casual Attire for MenDOs:  Dress slacks  Dockers® style slacks  Monochrome sweaters  Oxfords, loafers, rubber soled leather shoes or boots  Sports shirts or polo shirts in the summer; always tucked in.  Ties are generally not necessary  Long-sleeved shirts considered dressier than short-sleeved. Best colors: white, light blue.DON’Ts:  Jeans (even dark denim)  Shorts,  Novelty tee shirts (those with any printed writing - even ‘Kellogg: Think Bravely’)  Sweatshirts, sweatpants, tank tops, cropped tops, hats, and flip flops.  Anything you could wear to the beach, gym or for a hike.
  3. 3. Business Attire for WomenDOs:  Suit: skirt/pants suits are equally good. Charcoal, medium gray, steel gray, black, and navy blue are good colors and all look good with a white blouse.  Dresses should be simple in cut and monochromatic.  Skirt/dress Lengths: Avoid extremes; make sure you can sit comfortably without the need to pull the skirt down.  Make sure your jewelry is not distracting in size and color  Shoes: avoid extremes in heel height. Pumps are safest choiceDON’Ts:  Anything sleeveless – you can pair it with a long sleeve white/black shirt  Denim clothing of any kind  Spandex pants/leggings  Stay away from shorts of any kind or length  See through/clingy/reflective materials  Sandals, sneakers
  4. 4. Business Casual Attire for WomenDOs:  Skirts  Blouses, sweaters, polo-style shirts - always tucked in.  Khaki pants, which are neither too loose nor too tight, and which are not showing signs of wear.  Dresses  Flats  Riding shoes ok if under pants or with opaque tights or not too bulkyDON’Ts:  Novelty tee shirts (those with printed writing, slogans or numbers)  Bulky/snow boots; athletic shoes  Anything from Business Attire Don’t list.