What to wear – different styles in the work place

How do I know what to wear for the interview, a summer job or in an office setting? Tips and tricks to help youth with dress codes.

If you are graduating from high school, college or trying to get a job for summer,  Michigan State University Extension has certain tips on what to wear an interview. The Michigan 4-H Youth Programs offer suggestions through the career exploration and work force preparation work group  to help youth understand  two types of dress codes.

Depending on the type of job you are going to apply for will impact how you should choose to dress.  It is suggested that you pick traditional business wear for interviews and then once you get the job, follow the employer’s dress code.

In tradtional times there was a standard uniform given to employees.  There was also the basic suit and tie for men and dress, skirt and suits for women.  Currently, you might see some work places offer perks such as dress-down days which makes the work environment a little more casual and relaxed.  Again, the dress code will be based on the individual business.

 The common two catagories  of clothing are traditional business and  business casual.  Traditional business wear includes suits and ties for men and for women, suits and dresses. The colors black, grey and sometimes navy blue are preferred.

Regarding business casual wear – what does “business” mean and what does “casual” mean? There are three catagories under business casual

  • Professional business: Consists of three pieces of clothing – the suit, tie, dress shirt or dress, material from the same skirt and jacket.
  • Business casual: At least two pieces of clothing – shirt and slacks or blouse and skirt or slacks.
  • Relaxed business casual: Possibley jeans, without holes and worn out material.

 Other details include not wearing revealing articles of clothing. Remember to be clean and have no wrinkles, proper fitting clothes, groomed well, minimum jewelry, shoes, belts and  appropriate makeup.  You may be asked to remove your facial piercings or cover up tattoos.

To dress for success, just follow these simple suggestions and good luck.

Resources and information for this article was taken from DVD Clothes at Work produced by www.learningseed.com. For more information on 4-H Youth Programs, please contact your local MSU Extension Office.

For more information on 4-H Youth Programs, please contact your local Michigan State University Extension Service.

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