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Dress to Impress! Kendra Harders, State Secretary Richard Chen, State Parliamentarian What does a real pro look like? What is appropriate dress for State.

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1 Dress to Impress! Kendra Harders, State Secretary Richard Chen, State Parliamentarian What does a real pro look like? What is appropriate dress for State Leadership Conference or business interviews?

2 The Importance of Dress First impressions are critical First impressions are critical Start with a positive impression rather than a negative one Start with a positive impression rather than a negative one Dress is the first thing an employer or your peers see when greeting you Dress is the first thing an employer or your peers see when greeting you Dressing properly gives you the competitive edge Dressing properly gives you the competitive edge Dressing properly provides a positive first impression Dressing properly provides a positive first impression

3 Grooming Hair: Hair: Clean, neatly trimmed, well groomed Clean, neatly trimmed, well groomed Doesnt need to be a fashion statement Doesnt need to be a fashion statement Fingernails: clean and trimmed Fingernails: clean and trimmed Perfume/cologne: wear minimal to none Perfume/cologne: wear minimal to none

4 Accessories Jewelry: keep to a minimum; no flashy jewelry Jewelry: keep to a minimum; no flashy jewelry No more than one pair or earrings No more than one pair or earrings No more than two finger rings No more than two finger rings One watch or bracelet to avoid looking over-dressed One watch or bracelet to avoid looking over-dressed Wear stockings that match the suit you are wearing Wear stockings that match the suit you are wearing Absolutely no visible piercing for men Absolutely no visible piercing for men

5 Dress Shirts Long sleeved dress shirts make a better impression than short sleeved Long sleeved dress shirts make a better impression than short sleeved Conservative colors Conservative colors Solid white or light blue work best Solid white or light blue work best No flashy colors No flashy colors

6 Ties Silk ties project the best look Silk ties project the best look Conservative patterns Conservative patterns Stripes, solid Stripes, solid The color of the tie needs to complement the color of the shirt The color of the tie needs to complement the color of the shirt

7 Shoes and Belts Dress shoes should be worn for all business occasions Dress shoes should be worn for all business occasions Shoes need to match the color of Shoes need to match the color of your pants Cordovan shoes match with all Cordovan shoes match with allkhakis Belt needs to match the color of the shoes Belt needs to match the color of the shoes Medium quality belt, but it needs to look nice Medium quality belt, but it needs to look nice

8 Business Attire Performance Event Attire for Women Matching suit jacket and knee length (or longer) skirt or pants Matching suit jacket and knee length (or longer) skirt or pants Conservative colors: navy, black, gray, brown, etc. Conservative colors: navy, black, gray, brown, etc. No open-toed shoes No open-toed shoes 1 – 1 ½ heels are standard 1 – 1 ½ heels are standard Always wear hose Always wear hose

9 Business Attire Performance Event Attire for Men Dark-colored suit Dark-colored suit Charcoal, black, dark brown, or navy Charcoal, black, dark brown, or navy Suits should have 2 to 3 front buttons Suits should have 2 to 3 front buttons Leave the bottom button unbuttoned Leave the bottom button unbuttoned Suit should fit Suit should fit Sleeves and pant legs should not be too long or too short Sleeves and pant legs should not be too long or too short Nice collared, long sleeve, buttoned down dress shirt Nice collared, long sleeve, buttoned down dress shirt About one inch of the shirt sleeve should show below the jacket sleeve when arms are extended About one inch of the shirt sleeve should show below the jacket sleeve when arms are extended

10 Casual Business SLC Test Taking Attire Women Dress shirt/blouse Dress shirt/blouse Dress slacks, khakis or trousers Dress slacks, khakis or trousers Non-athletic socks and shoes Non-athletic socks and shoes Knee-length or longer dresses/skirts Knee-length or longer dresses/skirts Suit jacket (optional) Suit jacket (optional)Men Long sleeved, buttoned down, and collared dress shirt Long sleeved, buttoned down, and collared dress shirt Ties Ties Dress slacks, khakis or trousers Dress slacks, khakis or trousers Non-athletic socks and shoes Non-athletic socks and shoes Suit jacket (optional) Suit jacket (optional)

11 Casual/SLC Dance Attire Dont wear anything you want; trying out the new fashion trend is risky Dont wear anything you want; trying out the new fashion trend is risky Conservative dress Conservative dress You may wear jeans if you donate to the FBLA Special Fund; otherwise khakis or khaki shorts are acceptable You may wear jeans if you donate to the FBLA Special Fund; otherwise khakis or khaki shorts are acceptable Jeans should not have holes or rips Jeans should not have holes or rips Nice T-shirt or a polo-style shirt Nice T-shirt or a polo-style shirt Athletic shoes and socks Athletic shoes and socks or sandals are appropriate

12 General Tips for Dress Success Conservative is always the safest route Conservative is always the safest route Investigate the employer or group where you are presenting Investigate the employer or group where you are presenting Wear an attire that would allow you to fit in with the group Wear an attire that would allow you to fit in with the group Call the human resources office of the business where you are interviewing and ask about the dress attire Call the human resources office of the business where you are interviewing and ask about the dress attire


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