Jockey Career Closet



Dress professionally to make a good first impression. Check out our Jockey Career Closet located in the Advising & Career Center, Wyllie D175 (right behind the welcome desk). You can try on and keep any clothing to wear for a job interview or the Internship & Career Fair.


MON-FRI  |  8 AM-4:30 PM



Where to start? There are multiple styles of business attire in corporate and business settings: casual, smart casual, business casual, business professional, and business formal.  Each company can be different and we recommend you do your research before you interview for a job. Generally, business professional is recommended for formal interviews and business casual for many of the career events on campus. 


Business casual is still considered "office professional" with an emphasis on professional. Wear something you would dress in if you are trying to make a great first impression. According to U.S.News, "Business casual is not about your 'comfort,'" explains Gottsman. "It is a toned-down version of a more formal suit or dress. For women, it would be wearing slacks, blazer and a dress shoe versus a more formal suit (skirt and jacket) – comparable to men's sport coat and button-down shirt without a tie."

Business Casual Do's for Women

Colors | Focus on neutral colors for introductions and first meetings and interviews

Pants and Skirts | knee-length pencil skirts, dress pants that are straight cut or have some ease like wide-leg trousers or kick flair. If meeting with a more conservative company, were leg coverings with skirts.

Shirts and Sweaters | cotton collard blouses and patterned shirts with various sleeve lengths (avoiding sleeveless).  

Blazers | Bazers coordinated with a nice blouse

Shoes | fully covered toes, flats, a small heeled pump

Modest Make-up

Pressed clothing | Take an iron or steamer to your outfit



Business Casual Don'ts for Women

Pants | yoga, athletic, leggings, jeggings, skinny jeans, (avoid any jeans including dark denim and black stretch)

Skirts | anything above the knee, avoid strong colors and trends, no bare leg 

Blouses and tops | sleeveless (unless paired with sweater or blazer) logos or text

Shoes to Avoid | athletic sneakers, flip-flops, anything that shows toes


  • Avoid distracting jewelry
  • Oversized or too loose clothing
  • Avoid wrinkled clothing
  • Brightly colored hair and tattoos can be discouraged by conservative companies. Cover the tattoos or do research on if you are a fit with that company. 


Business Casual Do's for Men

Pants | khakis, chinos, dress pants

Shirts | button-down shirt with collar, sometimes polo

Shoes  | loafers, dress boots, oxfords

Optional Blazer | cardigan, crew, v-neck sweaters, sport coats


Business Casual Don'ts for Men

Pants | joggers, denim (not for first impressions or interviews), athletic gear, 

Shirts | t-shirts, henleys, oversize shirts, wrinkled shirts

Shoes  | athletic sneakers or tennis shoes, unpolished or dirty dress shoes


  • Avoid distracting jewelry
  • Avoid wrinkled clothing
  • Brightly colored hair and tattoos can be discouraged by conservative companies. Cover the tattoos and/or do research on if you are a fit with that company. 



Business professional is recommended for interview opportunities and can be different depending on the company and profession where you are seeking employment. The right interview outfit can help you feel confident and professional. Generally speaking, a more conservative dress for both men and women is recommended when interviewing. Reference the Business Casual information above but take it up a notch with suits, matching jackets and pants, as well as shoes and belts for men, and ties. 

Research the Company Dress Code  |  There are many variables that can determine a company's dress code including industry, job roles, location, season, etc. If the dress code seems casual, lean toward a more professional dress. There are many resources available for researching companies including social media.


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