Stop wearing white socks!!!

October 5, 2010

You don't want to be "that guy"

I know I have talked about it before, and please know I am not perfect with regard to a professional image, but there are some easily identifiable faux pas to stay away from.  Your image communicates who you are professionally.  Job seekers need to be aware of a few details that can have a huge impact on their career search as well as potential advancement opportunities.

For Men:

  • Stay away from the white socks!  Match the socks to your suit so that if you are sitting down, there is no distinction between your pants and ankles.
  • Check for dandruff (always noticeable with a dark suit)
  • Have your clothes dry cleaned (You cannot iron it better than them, so don’t waste your time…pay someone to do a better job)
  • Have your suits tailored.  Buy your suit to fit the largest part of your body and have the rest professionally tailored. 

For Women:

  • Hosiery:  This is a tricky one.  In some regards you will need to wear nylons when interviewing but with our hiring managers being younger and younger, there is less of a need to wear what could possibly be the most uncomfortable piece of apparel known to mankind.
  • Have a hairstyle.  It doesn’t matter if you have long or short hair, just make sure it is well kept and up to date. If you have frizzy hair and don’t have a lot of control over it, pull it back neatly for the interview.
  • Don’t go too trendy but don’t wear your grandmother’s suit.  Think class and tasteful. Learn the difference between fashionable and trendy when it comes to business suits.  Stylish business dress is taken seriously; trendy business dress is not.  Think class and tasteful.
  • Have your suits tailored.  Buy your suit as separates or but your suit to fit the largest part of you and have the rest professionally tailored.

Following these tips will help you show your prospective employer that you pay attention to details.  The idea is to eliminate the risk of not being considered due to your professional appearance and image.


2 Responses to “Stop wearing white socks!!!”

  1. Kirk Baumann Says:


    Good advice for students and job seekers. Want to hear something funny? I’m wearing white socks with black dress shoes today. I couldn’t find any black socks this morning, so I went with longer pants! 🙂

    Keep up the great work!

    Kirk Baumann
    Campus To Career

    • staceycole Says:

      Well hopefully Kirk we don’t classify you in the “job seeker” category. I am officially shaking my finger at you. 🙂

      Thanks for the comments!


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