Dress To Impress

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Dress To Impress

  1. 1. Dress to Impress Gregory Victory Director Center for Leadership & Student Involvement Colgate University
  2. 2. The Basics <ul><li>The traditional rules of interview dress are still the best rules: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple and Conservative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apparel should be clean and pressed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apparel should fit well and remain in place when sitting or walking. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your interviewing wardrobe should consist of the basics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A solid color. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservative suit with a coordinated shirt or blouse. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moderate shoes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A portfolio or briefcase. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Basics <ul><li>Hygiene </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean hair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fresh breathe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Men (clean shaved) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Controlled body odor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Body Decorations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No visible tattoos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No visible body piercing </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Guidelines for Women
  5. 5. Women’s Suits <ul><li>When interviewing for a professional position, a classic suit is a must have. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a solid color so you'll be properly attired, regardless of where you're interviewing. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Women’s Suits <ul><li>High End Suit Makers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ann Taylor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ann Taylor Loft </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jones New York </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Casual Corner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kasper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talbots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Banana Republic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worthington </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Women’s Suits <ul><li>Petite Sizes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ann Taylor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ann Taylor Loft </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Petite Sophisticate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talbots </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Women’s Suits <ul><li>Plus Sizes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worthington (JC Penny) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lane Bryant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talbots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just My Size (on-line) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Women’s Blouses <ul><li>Fitted or loose fit. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider a cotton or silk collared shirt or a blouse. </li></ul><ul><li>The color or pattern should coordinate with your suit. </li></ul><ul><li>Absolutely no cleavage. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Skirt and Hosiery <ul><li>Skirt is knee length. </li></ul><ul><li>Buy skin-matching panty hose. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No Prints </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider support hose if you're going to be on your feet all day. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Women’s Shoes <ul><li>Flats or shoes with a low/moderate heel will comfortably dress-up your interview attire. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your shoes match or coordinate with your suit. </li></ul><ul><li>No open-toed shoes. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Hygiene <ul><li>Hair </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t play with hair </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make-Up </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sparse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Light perfume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manicured nails </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservative and natural colors. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Accessories <ul><li>Small </li></ul><ul><li>“ Natural” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pearls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Silver/diamond </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gem stones </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No jingling bracelets </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone OFF </li></ul>
  14. 14. Carrying Cases <ul><li>Briefcase or purse, but not both. </li></ul><ul><li>Also consider a simple portfolio as an effective substitute. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Professional Over Trendy
  16. 16. Guidelines for Men
  17. 17. Men’s Suits <ul><li>The Suit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear a matching suit in navy, black or gray (pinstripe or solid). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear a navy blazer and gray dress slacks. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Shirt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear white or blue dress shirt that contrasts with the jacket and/or tie. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And iron them if they are new!! </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. The Tie <ul><li>A (silk or silk-like) tie should coordinate with the jacket and pant. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a tie that strongly contrasts with the color of your shirt. </li></ul><ul><li>Select subtle or simple patterns to enhance credibility. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Shoes <ul><li>Shoes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear conservative, clean, and polished shoes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select lace-up, not slip-on dress shoes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The color should be dark or blend with pant. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Belt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select a leather belt that visually blends or matches your shoes. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Socks <ul><li>Socks should be calf-length or above the calf. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose natural-fiber blends that allow a flow of air and do not hold in perspiration and heat. </li></ul><ul><li>NO WHITE SOCKS!!!! </li></ul>
  21. 21. Hygiene <ul><li>A short hair cut and no facial hair is expected </li></ul><ul><li>Cologne should never be strong. A fragrance can cause an allergic reaction or offend the interviewer. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Carrying Cases <ul><li>Your briefcase is part of visual effect. </li></ul><ul><li>Also consider a simple portfolio as an effective substitute. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No commercial logos. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. QUIZ
  24. 31. Dressing on Budget <ul><li>Plan ahead…and Don’t Pay Full Price!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Invest in impressive, classic, well-made separates that can be combined for a 'professional' or 'casual Friday' look </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase matching components. Having options such as wearing a skirt or pant with jacket or vest multiplies possible combinations. </li></ul><ul><li>Use shirts/blouses/sweaters to create variety of visual effects. </li></ul><ul><li>Select ties/scarves and jewelry that add to possible visual variety. </li></ul>
  25. 32. Do Your Research <ul><li>Ask about the dress code at the company </li></ul><ul><li>Some fields have stricter guidelines than others: finance/law/accounting </li></ul><ul><li>Dress for the position 2 levels higher than what you are interviewing for </li></ul><ul><li>When in doubt, dress conservatively! </li></ul>
  26. 33. Questions and Answers

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