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What to Wear

Professional Business Attire

More information about professional attire will be provided from our Career Services team as part of your pre-arrival communication throughout the spring and summer.  Photos and more detailed information about proper dress will be provided at that time.  In the interim, please feel free to refer to this information for guidance.


  • 2 Two-piece matched business suits:
    • Solid navy and dark gray
    • Wool or wool blend
    • Tailored trousers long enough to cover socks with a slight break over the shoes
    • Suit coats tailored with sleeve length showing 1/8" - 1/4" shirt sleeve
  • 3-4 Long sleeve dress shirts
    • Good quality, white cotton or cotton/polyester blends
    • Sleeve length should be long enough to show 1/8-1/4" past coats sleeve
    • Straight collar is more formal; button down collar less formal
    • Shirts should be professionally laundered
  • 3-4 Conservative stripe, print, or pattern neckties
    • Good quality silk; paired to match suits
  • 1 Black or cordovan leather dress belt
    • Should match dress shoes
  • Black, navy, or dark gray dress socks
    • Preferably knee socks
  • Black, cordovan, or dark brown leather lace-up dress shoes
    • Should be clean and well-polished
  • Jewelry kept conservative and at a minimum
    • Business appropriate or formal watch (leather, stainless steel, etc.), wedding, or class ring acceptable
  • Conservative work bag, briefcase, or portfolio and pen (alternative to casual/sporty backpack)


  • 2 Two-piece matched business suits:
    • Can be pant or skirt suits
    • Solid navy and dark gray
    • Wool or wool blend
    • Pants should be creased
    • Skirt should come to the top of the knee, knee, or just below the knee
    • Avoid high slits
  • 3-4 Tailored dress blouses, cotton, or cotton blends
    • White, light blue, cream, or pastel colors
    • Blouses should be professionally laundered
  • Leather dress shoes
    • Closed toe pumps
    • Heels should be one to three inches; no platforms or stiletto heels
    • Color should complement suits
  • Hosiery
    • Sheer is most conservative; nude or taupe are also acceptable
  • Accessories
    • The more subtle the better
    • Formal and matching jewelry kept at a minimum
  • Conservative work bag or portfolio (alternative to casual/sporty backpack or duffel)

Business Casual Attire


  • 1 Conservative sport jacket or navy blazer
  • 2-3 Long or short sleeve button down collar dress or sport shirts
    • Conservative stripes            
    • Cream, yellow, or blue oxford
  • Collared polo-type shirts for more casual, warm weather events
  • Crew-neck, v-neck, cardigan sweater or vest
  • 2-3 Dress or creased khaki slacks
  • Leather casual shoes
    • Slip-on or laced
    • Cordovan, brown, or black
    • No boat shoes or tennis shoes
  • Leather belt
    • Should match casual shoes


  • 2 Casual slacks, skirts, or dresses
    • Slacks should be tailored and creased
    • Skirts should be knee length
    • Cotton or wool; no denim
  • 2-3 Casual blouses or sweaters
    • Not too tight, see through, or low cut
  • Sleeveless dresses or tops should be accompanied by a cardigan or blazer for colder seasons or more conservative environments
    • Any top with a strap should be covered
  • Boots, loafers, low-heeled pumps
    • No flip-flops
  • Hosiery with skirts or dresses
    • Can go without in warm weather
    • Trouser socks or knee-high's with slacks
    • No fishnets

Both Men and Women

  • Down filled parka or wool outer coat
  • Wool sweaters or polyester fleece pullovers or zip-up jackets
  • Waterproof boots

Professional Clothing Stores in the State College Area


Harper's Shop for Men
114 West College Avenue
State College, PA 16801
Phone: 814-238-4767


1341 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801
Phone: 814-234-2227

Ann Taylor
19 Colonndate Way Space #125
State College, PA 16803
Phone: 814-861-3296

Men & Women

State College, Pa 16803
Website: https://www.kohls.com/

Dry Cleaners in the Area

Balfurd Cleaners

  • 215 S. Atherton St.
  • 1223 N. Atherton St.

Marrara's Cleaners

  • 1794 N. Atherton St.
  • 2042 E. College Ave