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Research Fair success: Dress and Appearance

Tips and tricks for making the most of your Research Fair presentation

What Should I Wear?

There's no official dress code for the Research Fair, but you should consider these suggestions when deciding what to wear:

  • Choose clothing that is one or two levels dressier or more formal than what you'd regularly wear to class.
  • Choose shoes that are comfortable.  We'll have a chair at each presenter table, but you'll be standing for a majority of the fair time.
  • Whatever wardrobe you choose, pick something that will boost your confidence!  Avoid clothes that will distract you with constant adjusting or shifting.
  • You can think professional - this is a great opportunity to test an "interview outfit."  Pantsuits, skirted suits, or jacket-and-tie are all acceptable options... but are certainly not required.
  • You can also think casual professional -  trousers or khaki pants, button-up shirt, polo shirt, blouse, cardigan, sweater, knee-length skirt or dress, heels, dress flats, dress shoes.
  • Probably not appropriate:  ripped or distressed jeans, shorts, short skirts, workout clothes, flip-flops

If you have a wardrobe idea, but you're not sure about it, please check in with Research Fair coordinator Carrie Phillips, and she can advise.

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