Life Skills: Business dress codes
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    “You should totally teach me and everyone else how to dress for different things. Like what's business casual, business formal, etc. and when do I use each?” - Anonymous Freshman

    Northwestern students are often flooded with events that require dressing up (and not in the themed frat party way). From career fairs to mock interviews to student leadership events at Morty’s house, dressing for success is a requirement. Knowing how to dress for a professional event without a frantic Google search might be a true sign of being a grown up, and so today,we cross the threshold into adulthood together. Here’s my breakdown of what to wear and how to rock it.

    Business Casual:

    Collage by Allison Yelvington / North by Northwestern

    What it means: Looking professional but with a more relaxed clothing than a suit.

    What to Wear:

    Look #1:

    Khakis/Slacks

    Polo or open collar shirt

    Tie/Sports Jacket Optional

    Dress shoes

    Look #2:

    Slacks or a pencil skirt at knee length

    Dress Shirt or Blouse

    Heels/Flats

    Where to Wear it: An office job, events listing it as the dress code

    Business Professional:

    Collage by Allison Yelvington / North by Northwestern

    What it means: When you hear the word “professional” (or google it for that matter), the style you are thinking of his Business Professional.

    What to Wear:

    Look #1:

    Blazer or Suit Jacket

    Button Down Shirt

    Suit Pants

    Tie

    Dress Shoes

    Look #2:

    Skirt or pantsuit

    Heels/Flats

    Where to Wear it: Career Fairs, Interviews

    Business Formal:

    Collage by Allison Yelvington / North by Northwestern

    What it means: #DRESSTOIMPRESS (This is a step up from business professional, like a nicer suit)

    What to Wear:

    Look #1:

    Dark Colored Suit

    Dress Shirt

    Silk Tie

    Cufflinks

    Pocket Squares

    Look #2:

    Suit/Skirt

    Pantyhose

    Closed Toed Shoes

    Where to Wear it: Special Events

    Black Tie:

    Collage by Allison Yelvington / North by Northwestern

    What it means: Fancy Night!

    What to Wear:

    Look #1:

    A Tux

    Dress Shoes

    Look #2:

    Gown or nice dress

    Where to Wear It: Weddings, Galas, etc.

    Where to Shop:

    For shopping on a budget, some dressy items like blouses could be found at clothing resale shop Crossroads or occasionally in the "Northwestern Free & For Sale" Facebook page. Student Enrichment Services also offers a Career Development Fund for those who need assistance in funding to purcahse professional attire.

    Department stores like Macy’s are a short uber ride at the Old Orchard Mall in Skokie. And remember - even though these pieces complement each other, you can always mix and match how you see best fit for the occasion!

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