Dress for Success

Dress for success

What do you wear to a career fair? To a job interview?
First day on the job?

Row of people

Alfred State's Career Development Center offers the Professional Pioneers Place to assist students with clothes for job interviews.


Conservative, two-piece suit in solid colors such as black, grey navy. If choosing to wear a skirt, the length should fall above the knee. Shirt: Wear a long sleeve or short sleeve dress shirt under and pair with a tie OR wear a blouse.



Wear polished dress shoes, dark socks, and a belt to match your shoes.

Shoes and belt

What not to wear

Athletic wear, sweatpants, t-shirts, jeans, sandals/flip flops, see through clothing, low cut clothing, shorts, short skirts.

Flip Flops

Business Casual(Check with employer and/or interviewer if appropriate)

Khakis, polo shirt, dress shirt or blouse. Shoes should be dress boots, loafers, or flats.

Casual wear

Other Tips

Wear a minimum amount of jewelry and/or makeup, keep nails trimmed and clean. Stay away from strong smelling soaps, perfumes, colognes, body sprays etc. Hair should be brushed and pulled away from face if possible. If you have body piercings or tattoos check with the company policy on if they are appropriate. If you can't find any information, it might be better to not wear or cover until you can find information about their policy.

HairWell groomed hairstyle
Nails and makeup
Nails & MakeupNatural in style
Jewelry and fragrance
Jewelry & FragranceWear moderate jewelry with mild fragrance
Piercings and tattoos
Piercings & TattoosAlign to company culture or standards