Look the Part
The Appropriate Look
It’s probably fair to say that no one is trying to look inappropriate, yet in
today’s culture, where a myriad of clothing styles exists, how do we know
what is acceptable?
Here are some tips to help you decide.
Remember that you are dressing for work.
Make sure that your clothing is modest, not revealing.
Ask your director for guidance if you have questions.
Err on the side of more professional than less professional.
Choose simple clothing.
Go for more classic styles instead of the current fad.
Select clothing that allows you to move easily and comfortably.
Are jeans considered professional? Your professionalism is not determined solely by
your appearance; how you act has a greater long-range impact on whether you are
seen as professional or not. Many programs feel that jeans are inappropriate for pro-
fessionals to wear. If you take your cues from the business world, then jeans don’t
usually have a place in your work wardrobe. Consider jeans on Friday or once a month.
If jeans are considered professional at your program all the time, that’s okay too.
What about sweats? Personally, I don’t think anyone can make sweats look profes-
sional. Save them for the gym or lounging at home.
A professional look doesn’t include the following. Here are some early child-
hood fashion don’ts:
Don’t wear dirty or stained clothing.
Don’t wear torn or worn clothing, even if it’s supposed to look
Don’t let your undergarments show through your clothes or when you
bend down or bend over.
being a professional
Jeans and Sweats