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Office of Career Development & Experiential Learning Services 


Tips for Building a Professional Wardrobe 

As a parent or family member, you want your student to be successful. One key to making this happen is to build a professional wardrobe before he/she will need it.  By planning ahead, you are able to minimize the anxiety that usually accompanies interviewing, take advantage of discounts and sales, and be prepared for when he does get an interview by knowing that his suit fits, his shoes are shined and his tie is free of spots.  Uncertain about what you will need to buy? Following is a list of core pieces that will allow your student versatility and variety to make it through a multi-step interview process.

Men - 7 pieces total

·         2 Matching Suits

·         1 Blazer/Sport Coat

·         1 Pair Dress Slacks

·         3 Shirts

Women - 8 pieces total

·         2 Skirted Suits

·         2 Blouses - Coordinate with suits

·         1 Pair of Dress Slacks

·         1 White/Cream Business Blouse  

Purchasing the “Core” Wardrobe

·         Buy the best quality you can afford.

·         Buy classic styles. Use accessories to express individuality.

·         Buy only solid colors for core clothing. Prints should be saved for accessories such as ties and scarves.

·         Buy core pieces in neutral colors such as gray, black, navy, khaki.

·         Ideally, your goal when purchasing the core wardrobe is to lower the “cost per outfit.”

 

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