Dress to Impress


This is for all you Fashionista’s trying to get a job right now! Next Wednesday, at the Purdue Memorial Union, there will be a Career Fashion Show. The fashion show will demonstrate appropriate business professional and business casual clothing from stores such as JC Penny. Students who attend will be entered for the chance to win a one free men’s or women’s business suit! The event is sponsored by Liberal Arts Career Development and everyone is invited to attend.

Wednesday, February 29th

3pm-4pm PMU 118

I highly recommend attending this Career Fashion Show because it’s very important to dress for work success. College Fashion has great examples of How to Dress Professionally: Business Dress Code Basics.

Professional Dress: This is the most conservative type of business wear.  It’s what you’ll be expected to wear in the office if you work in accounting, finance, or other conservative industries (or if you just have a really conservative boss!)  For women, this means a business suit or pants suit, or dress and jacket.  For men, professional dress means a business suit or a blazer, dress pants and a tie. Where to shop for professional dress clothing: Brooks BrothersAnn Taylor (women only), Men’s Wearhouse(men only), and Nordstrom’s Women’s Suits (women only).

Business Casual: This is a more relaxed version of “Professional Dress”, but it doesn’t mean you’re actually going to be “casual”!  This is likely going to be your office dress code if you work in a semi-conservative workplace, but some interviews and events may also call for business casual.  Basically, business casual is a shirt with a collar and/or a sweater, khakis or dress pants and nice shoes for women.  Women can also sometimes wear a moderate length dress or skirt (read: knee-length or longer!).  For men, business casual is a polo shirt or shirt with a collar and/or sweater, khakis or dress pants and dress shoes.  No tie is required. Where to shop for business casual clothing: Banana Republic (look in the “Work” sections), Eddie Bauer (look in the “business casual” section).


About Courtney Cox

I am currently a senior studying Retail Management at Purdue University. Fashion has always been my main interest. My past experience in the fashion industry both domestic and abroad has given me the opportunity to stay updated in the lastest trends.

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