Professional Business Dress for Women

Professional Look 1General Rule:  AVOID EXTREMES AND EXCESSIVENESS


  • Blue, black, gray, khaki, green, or patterned suit
  • Suit coat/shirt-more traditional
  • Skirt should be no shorter than 1 inch above knee cap
  • Avoid extreme split in skirts
  • Blouse should generally be of a solid color made of cotton or silk
  • Blouse should be generally of simple cut (not too frilly)
  • General colors:  white, beige, ecru, navy, blue, red (not black)
  • Neckline should be conservative and not too low


  • No neckties!
  • Scarves added to distinguish a suit (Ascot or Scout style)
  • Colors should include those being worn

Professional Look 2HOSIERY

  • Always wear hose!
  • Coordinate with ensemble
  • Skin colored hose are recommended
  • no textured (lace, snowflake)


  • Simple pumps usually of solid color coordinating with suit skirt
  • General rule is a color no lighter than hem line
  • Make sure they are comfortable!
  • Short heel and closed toe


  • Optional depending on the outfit
  • Color should either coordinate with shoes, outfit or both


  • All jewelry should coordinate in terms of metals (all gold, all silver)
  • 1-2 rings per hand - no more
  • Earrings should be small and unobtrusive