When it comes to dressing professionally for men, it can be much easier to distinguish what is, and what is not, appropriate as compared to women’s wear (see Professional vs. Casual: Dress for Ladies). To make this easier, I’ll keep my words brief. Scroll down for a summary of menswear basics, a diagram, an infographic, and some pictures to help you find your professional style!
For the college student or recent graduate whose main concern is to look professional and land that job or internship, the most important things to know include the following two key points.
1. Invest in the basics of a professional wardrobe:
- 2-3 ties
- Lose the backpack
- A pair of slacks – that fit!
- Dress shoes
- 1 white spread-collar shirt and 1 solid white button-down
- 1 blue spread-collar shirt and 1 solid blue button-down
2. Present a well-groomed appearance:
- Iron your clothes
- Get a haircut – at least 1 week before a job fair or an interview
- Clean hands and nails
- Shave (even during November!)
Any Neal Caffrey fans? He is an excellent example of dressing professionally!
Some of the resources in this post, and many more, can be found on Career & Internship Services’ Pinterest board, Dress for Success. This board is a great resource for more knowledgeable sources on modern menswear!
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