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Professional Attire for Men

We hope you'll find the following guidelines helpful as you prepare for job interviews:


  • Blue, black or gray suit-generally solid or very light stripes
  • Wool or wool blend
  • Pressed and clean (hangs properly)
  • Jacket should not constrict normal movement
  • Sleeve length should extend to wrist
  • Double breasted perceived as more fashion-forward
  • Single breasted conservative (if in doubt, go with single-breasted)
  • For single-breasted jackets, avoid buttoning the bottom button 


  • Color-white or blue (avoid stripes)
  • Single breasted suit-any collar type
  • Double breasted suit-any collar except button-down
  • Shirt should be clean and pressed
  • Collar loose at neck but not hanging
  • Sleeve length should stick out 1/2 inch with suit jackets on
  • Make sure all buttons are buttoned


  • Depends on the pattern of the suit and shirt
  • Solid suit and shirt - all patterns
  • Knot should be clean and tie should be up to collar fully


  • Recommend black plain socks with gray/black suits
  • Blue suits - blue socks
  • Patterned socks with colors should match colors in tie


  • Black or Cordovan (burgundy)
  • Polish if scuffed
  • Simple lace-up wing tips are generally accepted or tassel loafers
  • Hard soles (rubber soles, considered more casual)
  • Recommend you buy good quality leather shoes that are comfortable


  • Simple belt buckle
  • Color should match shoes
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Last Updated: 12/4/11