What Exactly is Professional Business Attire?

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If you’re a recent graduate starting out in the workforce, a good start is to purchase two suits with three to five shirts that pair well with both suits. As you grow into your role, you can add to your wardrobe with more confidence.

Knowing what to wear for a job interview is half the battle of the interview itself. The old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” certainly holds true.


A properly fitting suit consists of a matching jacket and pants in black, gray or navy blue fabric with a pressed, collared shirt, tie and belt. Dark leather dress shoes should always be clean and polished, and worn with dark dress socks.

Pro tip: Ties should be conservatively styled, and the bottom of your tie should just barely cover the belt buckle.


A business suit is comprised of a properly fitting blazer and either a pair of trousers or a skirt in a matching fabric with a collared button-down shirt or a modest blouse with sleeves. Closed-toe, dress shoes with heels no higher than 3” should be free of scuffs and signs of wear.

Pro tip: Take extra care not to inadvertently select clothing that is too tight, sheer or revealing for a conservative, professional environment.

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