Here are suggestions on how to dress in a number of occupations:
1. Advertising and Public Relations
Dynamic, client-oriented occupations call for clothing that projects energy, imagination and insight. This can be achieved by using bright colors, trendy styles, and accessories that display your uniqueness. If you're involved in the business end of these occupations, dress as if you're a banker or lawyer.
2. Banking, Accounting and Law
Conservative and traditional are the bywords for these industries. People want to be able to trust someone with their resources: black, navy, and gray spell reliability. Women or men should select conservative styles: suits in solid or pinstripe wool.
3. Retail and Sales
It is essential to be fashion conscious if you are entering the retail trade. It is important to know current trends of professional dress and to show it. Fashion magazines can give you some ideas. Keep in mind that in some cases, such as sales for major corporations, a more conservative dress is appropriate.
4. Science and High-Technology
If your daily activities include performing laboratory work or sitting in front of a computer terminal, you may not be wearing a suit on the job. These careers place a premium on intellectual creativity, and therefore, dress can be individual and casual. For the interview, however, a suit is still best for men, while women can choose a dress-and-blazer combination or separates.
5. Social Services and Education
Traditional interview attire is still appropriate in these settings. Men can choose a suit or sport coat/slacks/tie combination, while women can choose a dress-and-blazer combination or separates. For administrative positions, however, wear conservative business dress.