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Finding Affordable Professional Attire

"Dress for Success". We have all heard this common adage before, and there is definitely meaning behind it! Over the years, there have been various studies showing that our clothes and overall style can affect how we feel and how others perceive us. With that being said, the topic of dressing for success often comes up in the world of work. When you are interviewing for a job or attending a networking event, first impressions are critical. You’re marketing yourself to a potential employer and the first thing they see is your clothing. Of course, just dressing properly won’t get you the job, but it will likely give you a boost of confidence and create a positive first impression.

Figuring out what to wear for interviews, employer networking events, work, etc. can be a source of anxiety for anyone. Factor in a college student budget -- and there’s likely an added layer of stress … 

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What Do I Wear to….?

You only have one chance to make a first impression and that first impression is partially based on your appearance and how you carry yourself. At any type of event, especially career related, your attire and appearance are non-verbal statements about who you are and what you do. In fact, your appearance not only shows you are taking the employer’s time seriously, but that you are eager to make a good impression and you are confident that you will fit into the company.

When deciding what to wear for different recruiting events, consider the following guidelines:

Feeling confident about your appearance is the first step to being confident in the interview! A good rule of thumb is to dress in business professional attire for interviews.


  • Wear a conservative dark-colored, two-piece matching business suit.
  • Choose a long-sleeved, light-colored, button-down shirt that falls ¼ to ½ inch below suit sleeve … 
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Don't Break the Bank: Interview Attire on a Budget

Time sure does fly, doesn’t it? Fall has arrived and it’s time to focus on how to put your best foot forward during this busy on-campus recruitment season!

Although appearance is not everything, it sure does play a role when participating in the interview process. You want to look your best when meeting with company representatives- and unfortunately, that tends to come with a price.

So, how do you look professional without spending a ton of money? Visit some of these local shops that can provide you with not only great attire, but great prices as well:

For both men and women:

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Men’s Professional Attire

You worked hard in classes, made it through your engineering projects, crafted a near-perfect resume, and now you’ve landed an interview. Congratulations! Now as the big day approaches, the last thing you want is for your appearance to stand in the way of securing the position you’re after. Be sure you are dressed for success by following these three rules of professional attire for men.

Rule #1 – Don’t stand out

I know it sounds contradictory to everything you have been told about interviewing, but your appearance is the one place you should not try to set yourself apart from the competition. The standard for interviews is a dark, business suit with a neatly-pressed white or blue long sleeve dress shirt. Don’t go pin-stripe, don’t wear one of those shiny glitter suits from prom, just a plain dark blue, grey, or black suit will do. Same rule goes for the … 

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Women’s Professional Attire

As a woman and a young professional, it can be tricky to decide how to dress on the day of a big interview. As you know, first impressions are extremely important.

First and foremost, let’s talk about the basics:

  • Make sure your hair is clean and nicely done
  • Avoid nail polish; if you choose to wear it, use light tones like tan or pale pink
  • Avoid excessive and gaudy jewelry; a simple necklace and earrings suffice
  • Don’t forget to use deodorant- no one wants a smelly interviewee!

Next, what do you wear? Below are some helpful tips for ladies in regards to what to wear in the most common professional settings:

What to wear to an information session or in an office environment (business casual):

  • A blazer or cardigan
  • Black, tan, or gray slacks
  • A pressed blouse (nothing low-cut, too tight, or shear)
  • Flats or low heels (closed toed)

What … 

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