What to Wear: Career Tips and Advice

Flier about the dress code event What to Wear: Career Tips and AdviceHave you ever wondered what to wear for a business casual event? Or what does “smart casual” mean anyway? Or, what should one wear for going from day to night as you want to be professional but also a little glam too?  Fortunately, on April 3 at Loyola Marymount  we are going to be providing answers also career tips and advice! Come and check our speaker, wardrobe stylist Eva Sippel (www.evasippel.com ) who works with celebrities and regular folks to help people be their best dressed selves.  I have included all of the information below. This will be a great chance for HR professionals to mix with each other, professors, and students while enjoying a glass of wine, some appetizers and watch a fashion show. If you have to miss it, we will have a live stream available on this website and you can check us out that way.


Hope to see you there!

About Ellen Ensher

Ellen A. Ensher, Ph.D. is a Professor of Management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, USA. Dr. Ensher has an established expertise in mentoring programs and career advice, and is a frequent key note speaker and workshop leader for conferences and public and private organizations around the world. Google +
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One Response to What to Wear: Career Tips and Advice

  1. Lawrence Lim says:

    What to wear and when to wear what is a dilemma especially when appearance is such an important factor when meeting people for the first time or trying to fit in to an occasion. People do have a typical idea of how one should dress to formal occasions, business meetings and job interviews. There is so much focus on what people wear to what occasion. But does attire and appearance really serve as the best first impression determinant of who some one really is? I understand that being professional looking, shows sincerity and effort but I feel like the weight on it may be too much. However, it is still such a big deal in the job world what people wear even though most people already seem like they understand what is required and expected of people. The most tricky one would probably be business casual. From my understanding, it is basically business formal without a tie. Some people say it could also be without the jacket. The difficulty is mainly in how to gauge and determine what kind of attire is required by the occasion. Especially certain events that could be borderline or the attire is unspecified but could be one way or another. Is there a way to alter the attire the business world has for so long so it is more comfortable and slightly less bland while still keep the main point of looking professional?

    Even color make a huge difference in an article from Business Insider called The Best and Worst Colors To Wear to a Job Interview by Vivan Giang. According to her article the typical
    black presents leadership as a main quality. Blue, represents that the person is a team player. While gray means that they are more logical and analytical. White gives the an impression that the person is organized, brown being dependable and red shows power. Green, yellow, orange, and purple show that the person is on the creative side. This information is actually quite helpful since people do wonder what suit should go with what shirt or what top should go with what bottom. Having this insight can actually help people make themselves more unique while still holding to the typical formal business attire. What happens when different colors are in the same outfit? Does that display both traits, or do they conflict with each other?

    It is sometimes conflicting and confusing though when seeing images of people from the technology world like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and Larry Page. Mark Zuckerberg even wore a hoodie and jeans to Facebook’s IPO. Steve Jobs wears a black turtle neck when giving important publicly aired presentations. Larry Page also speaks with a T-Shirt and jeans. What people think of the corporate world and business professionals is totally thrown off. These technology companies are considered corporations and large ones too that generate a lot of revenue. The leaders of these companies are also very respectable people for the innovation and trends that they have given to society. They are considered professionals, but then does that put them in a whole other category, where does that put them? Once one’s foot is in the door to one of those companies, dress code is out the door? Or is dress code not an issue in the first place to companies like this?

    The Best And Worst Colors To Wear To A Job Interview

    Here is a guide for dress code from University of Texas at Austin:

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