Dress Guidelines

“It takes 15 seconds to make a first impression, and the rest of your life to undo it if it was a negative one.”
     - Ann Marie Sabath, Business Etiquette in Brief

The UB School of Management MBA and MS programs are professional business programs and therefore students must present themselves at all times in a professional manner both in attitude and dress. The following guidelines will assist you in understanding the culture and feel for dress attire throughout your UB experience.

Classroom Attire

In class, workshops and while representing the School of Management and your program in the community.

Men 

  • Dress slacks, khakis, corduroys or wool slacks with a leather belt
  • Pressed long-sleeved or short-sleeved button-down shirt
  • Polo shirt
  • Crew-neck sweater or vest
  • Leather loafers, oxfords or boots
  • It is preferred that you do not wear jeans, unbuttoned or open shirts and white or ankle socks
  • Sweatpants, exercise pants, Bermuda shorts, shirts, tank tops and shirts with potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons or slogans are inappropriate
  • Wearing hats indoors is not appropriate. Head covers that are required for religious purposes or to honor cultural tradition are acceptable.

Women

  • Skirts and dresses (no shorter than one inch above your knees and hosiery should be worn). Dress and skirt length should be at a length at which you can sit comfortably in public. Short, tight skirts that ride halfway up the thigh or skirts made out of jean material are inappropriate. Mini skirts, skorts, beach dresses and spaghetti-strap dresses are inappropriate. 
  • Slacks
  • Dress shirts, blouses and sweaters (not too tight or low cut)
  • Loafers, pumps, slides or conservative sandals
  • It is preferred that you do not wear jeans, dangle earring or extreme styles of nail polish or jewelry
  • Sweatpants, exercise pants, Bermuda shorts, short shorts, any spandex, tank tops, spaghetti straps, midriff tops, halter-tops and shirts with potentially offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, cartoons or slogans are inappropriate
  • Hats are not appropriate. Head covers that are required for religious purposes or to honor cultural tradition are acceptable.

If you come from a warm climate, you may wish to bring a light jacket or sweater to wear in the classroom.

Business Casual

Men 

  • Button-down shirt or polo shirt with or without sweater, khaki pants with belt, dress socks and loafers. A sport coat can be added but is not necessary.

Women

  • Dress pants with a blazer or blouse, sweater or a pantsuit.

Business Professional

Business Professional is worn for class presentations, case competitions, interviews, job fairs and conferences.

Men

  • Suits

Woman

  • Pantsuits, skirt suits, or dresses with jackets/blazers

Visit the UB School of Management Career Resource Center “Dressing For Interview Success” page.