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Personal Apparel Checklist

Whether going to an interview, visiting a recruiting booth at your school, or networking with alumni, the way you appear when you show up is important. The first impression you make will stick in the minds of those whose support you need. When another person recommends you for an opportunity, they are lending you some of their credibility. Honor their investment by being as polished and professional as possible. To do this, you have to be prepared!

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The checklist below includes the wardrobe staples that you should consider having in your closet. An opportunity to meet with important people can happen unexpectedly and you should be prepared to dress the part. Remember to think quality over quantity when making your wardrobe choices. 

Men’s Clothing

Women's Clothing

Professional:
- Suit
- Sport coat
- Slacks
- Tie
- Dress shirts
- Quality belt
- Leather shoes
- Socks that match shoes

Business Casual:
-Slacks
-Sport shirt/sweater
-Leather loafer or lace up

Casual:
-Ask your host for specific guidance

Professional:
- Skirt/pant/dress suit
- Blazer
- Dress
- Slacks/belt
- Low to medium heeled plain pump, boot or flat
- Hose
- Socks that match shoes

Business Casual:
- Slacks or skirt
- Blouse/shell/sweater set
- Closed-toed, non-sandal shoe

Casual:
- Ask your host for specific guidance

Accessories 

What you carry with you is as important as what you wear, so consider having these accessories on hand:

  • A nice briefcase, computer bag, or purse
  • Good quality pens (at least 2)
  • Professional laptop, tablet, and cell phone case
  • Good quality bond paper and envelopes in a neutral color
  • Quality notecards and stationery
  • Clean, crisp copy of printed resume and reference letters