Video: Business Formal vs Business Casual  (2:29 minutes)

So, for more formal interactions like career fairs and interviews, hopefully it’s clearer now why suits are usually your best option. But if you’re going to a fair as an information seeker instead of a job seeker, or if you’re attending an event like a conference, informational interview, job shadow, etc., a suit may make you overdressed.

For these kinds of interactions, you always want to dress professionally—no ripped jeans, flip-flops, or T-shirts with obscenities on them. Yes, we (probably) all have these items in our wardrobe, but save them for your friends, not a potential employer.

Follow the “dress essentials for everyone,” and consider the items below when you’re picking out what to wear . . .

  • Khakis
  • Sweater
  • Dress pants
  • Blazer
  • Dress shoes
  • Loafers
  • Button-down shirt

And remember, when in doubt, check with an insider (your employer contact or Career Advisor, for example) about what the appropriate dress in a particular situation might be!