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What Not to Wear

Possibly the hardest part of the transition from the classroom to the field is the dress code. College life is full of sweatpants, tee shirts and UGG boots. Unfortunately none of these things are appropriate in the working world. Knowing what to wear and when to where it can be difficult.

As Lizzie Post notes on her Web site, wearing the wrong thing can often cause an interviewer to pay more attention to your clothing than to you. A suit is always the best choice when going on an interview.

Business casual is quickly becoming the norm for many offices. Business casual usually consists of dress slacks, skirts and collared shirts. Low cut or cleavage-bearing shirts are not appropriate. Open-toed shoes are usually inappropriate as well. Try to find a comfortable shoe that you can stand in all day long. Jeans and shorts are never dressy enough for the office. Be wary of wearing oversized or too much jewelry.

The Platform Editorial Team created this video to showcase some of the biggest business wardrobe mistakes that we have witnessed. So grab your popcorn and please, don’t ever be caught making any of these irrevocable mistakes.

For more information about dressing appropriate and general business etiquette, please visit Lizzie Post’s Web site via the Emily Post Institute.


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    Nice video! Unfortunately, all of these fashion faux pas are true. I interned for the U.S. Congress this summer and saw some of the worst decision-making is dress attire. “Business casual” has become very casual. College students are becoming less aware that the transition from a student to a professional involves upgrading their wardrobe.


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