Saint Louis University

First impressions can greatly influence a hiring decision. The manner in which you present yourself can be a critical factor in your success.

When in doubt, a suit may be best; but here are some guidelines to help you dress accordingly for situations requiring Business or Business Casual attire.

Men's Business Dress Attire

A two piece suit; black, charcoal, or navy are traditionally accepted colors, however other dark colors like olive green are fine, a tie (solid color or a simple pattern); a white or conservatively colored dress shirt (button all buttons). Dark shoes are preferred; black or brown depending on the color of the suit. Minimize or avoid the use of cologne.


 

Men's Business Casual Attire
Note: a tie is NOT necessary for business casual.

Shirt - A shirt with collar; a sweater over a shirt with a collar; a dress shirt without a collar; a turtleneck; a sweater over a shirt without a collar. (No t-shirts or sweatshirts)

Slacks - A pair of slacks/trousers: black, navy, charcoal, gray, khaki. (No jeans)

Shoes/Belt - Be sure to wear a belt and shoes that are in good condition. Athletic shoes, slide-ons, and flip-flops are not acceptable.


Women's Business Dress Attire
Note: A two-piece pant suit or skirt suit is appropriate.

A two piece suit: black, charcoal, or navy are the traditionally accepted colors, however most dark colors are fine. A blouse with collar (not low cut or sheer); dark shoes are preferred, closed-toe. Jewelry and makeup should be conservative and worn in moderation. Minimize or avoid the use of perfume.


 

Women's Business Casual Attire (skirt or pant)

Shirt - A dress shirt with a collar; a dress shirt without a collar; a dress sweater; a turtleneck; a sweater over a shirt with a collar. (No t-shirts or sweatshirts)

Slacks - A pair of dress slacks/trousers or skirt: black, charcoal, gray, khaki. (No jeans)

Shoes - Shoes should be in good condition. Athletic shoes, sandals, and flip-flops are not acceptable.