Implementing a Dress Code: Part 3 – Business Professional Attire

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This article is written to describe a Business Professional dress code.

Business Professional attire is a step down from Business Formal. The attire is still neat, conservative, and traditional; however, you are able to inject some personality into your everyday appearance.

Dress Attire Consists of:

    • Tailored Suits:
        • Fine tailored, well-cut suit, pantsuit, or skirt suit
        • Fine tailored, well-cut one to three button-up suit jacket
        • Solid and neutral colour like black, brown, gray, or navy; have more leeway with pattern
        • Skirts never more than two finger-widths above the knees
        • Pressed, lighter-colour dress pants worn with a sports jacket
    • Ties or other accessories:
        • Must accentuate or complement the overall ensemble
        • Modest in colour and style, have more leeway with patterns
        • Solid, bold, or brighter colours
        • Conservative jewelry – for instance, diamond studs rather than chandelier earrings
        • Larger, more noticeable jewelry – as long as it’s not distracting
        • High-end accessories such as watches (preferred silver, gold, or white gold, rose gold) and cuff links
    • Tailored dress shirts:
        • Solid white collared button-up shirts or
        • Solid, bold, or muted colours in any colour
        • Must be tucked in, pressed, and clean at all times
    • Shoes and Footwear:
        • Closed-toe oxfords in colours like brown or black, polished loafers are acceptable
        • Closed-toe heels or pumps in neutral colours like taupe, black, grey, or brown
    • Leggings:
        • Tights, preferably in a dark colour
        • Under no circumstance should exercise leggings be worn (i.e. Lululemon)

Pro Tip: Attire are generally high-end quality.


    • Head Hair:
      • Must be well-groomed, clean, and natural in colour
      • Conservative hair cuts and styles are preferred
      • Males:
        • Short hair is most acceptable
        • Long hair is acceptable, as long as it is tied-back
      • Females:
        • Short Hair is acceptable
        • Long hair is acceptable and can be worn down or tied-back in a neat bun, braid, or ponytail
    • Facial Hair:
      • Must be well-groomed, cleaned, and natural in colour
    • Nails:
      • Must be well-groomed, well-kept and even in length, and buffed
      • Nail polish that is clear coated, neutral or muted in colour, bright solid colours (red) are acceptable

Now that you have a snapshot of what is typically considered Business Professional dress attire, please stay tuned for part 4 of this series when we outline what is considered Business Casual.

Pro Tip: Do not be shy about getting a regular professional manicure. This is quite common in the business world.

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