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In most cases, business casual attire will be appropriate for your shadowing experience. If you will be shadowing someone in a more conservative environment, your sponsor may advise you to wear business dress. Below are guidelines. Feel free to call the Career Center if you have questions about what to wear.

Business Casual:

Dark or khaki pants, neatly pressed, and a pressed long-sleeved, buttoned shirt in a solid or conservatively striped fabric are safe for both men and women. Be sure to wear a leather belt and shoes – no athletic shoes, no flip-flops or sandals, and please leave the baseball caps at home!


when in doubt, wear a tie. A jacket is normally not necessary. Dark dress socks or socks that match the color of your pants are a must (no athletic socks).


if you choose to wear a skirt or dress, avoid extreme trends in hem lengths. Be sure the garment is not too short when you sit. Conservative undergarments are a must. Sweater sets are considered to be appropriate.

Business Dress:


a conservative suit with a tie is a must. Be sure to wear dark dress socks and polished shoes. Long-sleeved dress shirts (neutral colors) are good.


a conservative suit (or blazer with matching skirt or pants) is a must. Wear hose and shoes with a closed toe and modest heel. A small, conservative purse that coordinates with your shoes is appropriate.

For all occasions:

Everything should be clean, well pressed, and show no wear. Wear cologne sparingly or not at all. Hair should be clean and neatly styled. Keep make-up and jewelry conservative and minimal. Facial hair should be immaculately groomed or clean-shaven.

You may wish to bring a portfolio or legal pad for taking notes. Do not bring a back pack.