dress code for industries

Different job industries quite obviously have different cultures in the workplace and are looking for particular attributes in a person. These attributes and a person’s suitability to both a role and the entire industry is largely evident through their dress. We all know that what you wear and how you present yourself in an interview is key to an employer’s first impression of you. However, what many people don’t think about more deeply is the dress code diferences between various industries. Showing you will fit in to an industry can largely be determined by your clothing and thus needs to be carefully considered prior to an interview and before starting your first industry job. Obviously not all of these are hard and fast rules specific to every workplace in a particular industry, however, they are good guidelines to go by when it comes to dressing for your industry.


A retail person’s attire is obviously vital as it demonstrates your interest in the particular merchandise of the store. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the style of the company and wear clothing that is tailored towards that.


Appearance must be impeccable in the hospitality industry and therefore a clean-cut look is a must for interviews. A suit will probably only be necessary in higher up positions, but regardless, you must be able to proudly represent the company so make sure you have ironed shirts, pants or skirts and have polished your shoes.

Accounting and Finance

Financiers, bankers and accountants practice the precise and exact art of managing money. And you need to present yourself accordingly. Although dress codes have somewhat slackened in recent times, you should still ensure you present an image of power and monetary success by wearing skirt, stockings and heels or pant suits.


The creative media has much more leniency when it comes to dress codes, so your attire should be something resembling corporate creative. Still look smart, however, feel free to play with the latest trends, such as leather jackets, and also enjoy more freedom with jewellery.


Medicine jobs are known to look for employees that look both tasteful and professional. Because you’ll often have to wear white coats over the top of your clothes make sure your suits, pants or dress is tight-fitting and well ironed.


By the same token as finance, lawyers are expected to look corporate and responsible at all times. Depending on the law firm, stockings, enclosed shoes and suits are generally commonplace.


Don’t be too flashy for a government position interview. This is your chance to demonstrate how trustworthy and honest you ara. A bit of vibrancy is acceptable but generally stick to simple colours and be conservative with jewellery, hairstyle and makeup.


Almost all roles in academia follow the business casual dress code. Think tailored, presentable outfits that make you look authoritative but approachable at the same time.


Media generally abides by a business with an edge rule. So try to follow current fashion trends but make sure you still look sharp. Many modern online media and magazine companies have a much more casual dress code, however, it’s better to be safe than sorry so play up the corporate aspect in the interview and then gauge the culture of the firm for everyday attire. Also note that video media jobs don’t allow striped, patterned or blue or green clothes for camera.

Sales, Marketing

Attire for sales and marketing roles should often adjust according to the clientele. Professional clothing is always recommended to begin with and you can then change it later to suit the clients.


Business casual is also the best way to go for trade interviews. Buttoned, collared shirts are a good base. Suits would be overkill for this industry, but make sure shoes are in good condition and you still look presentable.

Real Estate

Real estate is all about relating to your client. Dress codes differ between different areas, so the safest option is to go corporate without appearing too unapproachable.

Internet and Technology

Collared shirts and blouses are always good options here. Feel free to show individuality and wear the latest fashion but stick to classic business such as pumps for ladies.

Design and Architecture

Try being casual without t-shirt or jeans. Similar to advertising, in design and architecture try stick to a creative business dress code.

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