MBAs Dress for Success

December 22, 2011 Dress for Success

MBA Evening Program Brings Professional Dressing Expert to McDonough

As part of its professional development series, the MBA Evening Program sponsored a professional dress workshop at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on December 6, 2011.
 
“Your professional attire is an investment in your confidence portfolio,” said Patricia Buchek, assistant dean of MBA Career Curricula. “The sharper you are look, the sharper you feel, the more confident you will be in interacting with stakeholders,” she explained.
 
Internationally renowned etiquette expert Ann Marie Sabath provided attendees with wisdom in overcoming those moments of hesitation when dressing for job fairs, interviews, internships, the full-time job, and promotions. Sabath is the founder of At Ease Inc., a 24-year-old international protocol training firm, and author of eight books on business etiquette and professional dress.
 
“Your business clothes are your uniform,” said Sabath. “Even in business casual, you should always maintain a professional presence.” Sabath answered questions such as: What exactly is business casual? Does my collar go inside or outside of my jacket? Which side does my nametag go on?
 
Advice and Tips for Men and Women:
-Business casual is the same as smart casual, business ready, business appropriate
-A rule of thumb for business casual—dress one notch down from business attire
-Invest in black and grey suits
-The nametag always goes on the right side
-When traveling, always wear an outfit that can get you through the next business day
-Women should invest in pearls
-Men should always carry a good pen
-In the New Year, turn all of your hangers around. At the end of the year, you’ll identify clothing you should clean out of your closet
 
There were several tips and best practices provided by Sabath and Vishal Mirpuri (MBA ’10), but when in doubt “look at the highest level individual and mimic.” And if you have to ask yourself if part of your attire is appropriate, you should not wear it.
 
-- Lamar Dawson