Dress Code

Guidelines for Business Casual and Professional Attire

Beta Alpha Psi is a professional organization. As such, members and candidates are expected to dress appropriately for meetings aimed at professional development. For technical presentations, dress code is business casual, though business professional is welcomed and encouraged. Meet the Firms is strictly business professional for all students.

Your attire should play a supporting role to your conduct, your interpersonal skills, and your ability to articulate intelligent and well thought out responses to questions. If in doubt, err on the side of dressing better than you might need to.




WOMEN'S ATTIRE

Business Casual

Pants

Pants should be similar to Dockers and other brands of cotton or synthetic material pants, wool pants, flannel pants, and nice looking dress synthetic pants are acceptable. Pants should break at the top of the foot or shoe.

Skirts and Dresses

Casual skirts (appropriate length) are also acceptable as are dresses. Dresses should not be something that is for church, a wedding or a party. They should be professional and avoid showing cleavage.If you choose to wear hose, avoid a high contrast between your outfit and hosiery color. Skirt should end at the knee when you are standing (or slightly above or below the knee).

Top

Button-up shirts, blouses, polo shirts, sweaters and sweater sets. Cotton, silk, and blends are appropriate. Velvets and shimmery fabrics suitable for parties are not appropriate.

Shoes

Flats, dressy sandals, loafers, and pumps are examples of acceptable footwear.

Unacceptable Items

Jeans, leather pants, leggings / yoga pants, sweatpants, shorts, skorts, short skirts, sundresses, beach dresses, spaghetti-strap dresses, tank tops, halter tops, cropped tops, tops with bare shoulders, t-shirts, low-cut tops, sheer tops, most sandals, flip-flops, sneakers, platforms, Hiking boots, Uggs, Stilettos.


Business Professional

Women's Business Professional

Suit

A two-piece matched skirt or pants suit is the best option. Suits should generally be dark in color – solid colors or very subtle weave patterns, pinstripes or plaids. However, women can also look professional in lighter colors than men (e.g. light gray or slate blue). Suits should be made of wool, wool blends, or very high quality blends with natural fiber.

Top

Wear a tailored blouse or button-down shirt in a color or small print that coordinates with your suit. Nothing sheer or see-through. A fine gauge, good quality knit shell is also appropriate underneath your suit jacket.

Shoes

Shoes should be leather or fabric / micro fiber. Closed-toe pumps are most appropriate for business professional attire. Regardless of what is in style, avoid extremes; no chunky platforms or stilletos.


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MEN'S ATTIRE

Business Casual

Men's Business Casual

Pants

Dress slacks, “Dockers” style slacks or Khakis, gabardine or cotton pants.

Shirt

A long or short-sleeved dress shirt (e.g. collared shirts such as button-down shirts, polo shirts or turtlenecks) and/or a sweater.

Shoes

Professional business shoes, oxfords or loafers are acceptable. Wear dark socks, mid-calf length so no skin is visible when you sit down.
Ties and sports jacket are generally not necessary for business casual. If you are in doubt, you can wear a tie and/or sport coat. (It never hurts to slightly overdress).

Unacceptable Items

Jeans, Sweatpants, shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, denim jackets, sneakers, sandals, flip-flops, hiking boots, work boots, hats


Business Professional

Men's Business Professional

Suit

A two piece suit is always the best and safest choice. Suits should generally be medium to dark in color – either solid color or a very subtle weave pattern, pinstripe or plaid. They should be made of wool, wool blends, or very high quality blends with natural fiber. Sports coats, if worn, should always coordinate with pants.

Shirt

A long-sleeved dress shirt is most appropriate (even in summer). Many people prefer white, light blue or conservative stripe shirts; however, other colors are certainly appropriate. You should avoid fluorescent colors, loud patterns, etc.

Tie

Silk or a good synthetic or blend (no cotton).

Shoes

Professional business shoes. Socks should be dark and mid-calf length so no skin is visible when you sit down.



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