Putting Your Best Foot Forward Appropriate Attire and

Putting Your Best Foot Forward Appropriate Attire and

Putting Your Best Foot Forward Appropriate Attire and Decision Making for Middle and High School Students Melinda Miller, Kate Whiting, Allie Griner University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Presentation created by Megan Powell AmeriCorps VISTA Member - SW District 4-H Appropriate Attire

DONTs for all occasions Casual Business Casual Professional DONTs: Men & Women

Do Not Wear: Clothes that are: ripped or torn extremely tight or loose wrinkled too long or too short strapless or have spaghetti straps transparent

DONTs: Men & Women Do Not Wear: Anything that shows excessive amounts

of skin Athletic shorts Lounge pants Opened toe shoes Rubber sandals or slippers Casual for Women

Appropriate length sundress or skirt Khakis or nice jeans Shorts Depending on occasion and climate Plain T-shirt (no slogans), polo shirt, turtleneck

Casual button-down blouse Flats, sandals, appropriate sneakers Casual for Men Khakis or good jeans (clean, no holes) Cargo or Bermuda shorts Depending on occasion and climate

Plain T-shirt (no slogans), polo shirt, turtleneck Casual button-down shirt and/or sweater Loafers, sneakers (with or without socks), sandals

Business Casual for Women Skirt, khakis, or pants Open-collar shirt, knit shirt or sweater No spaghetti straps or revealing tops Dress

Business Casual for Men Not a suit Slacks or khakis

Dress shirt, casual button-down shirt, open-collar or polo shirt Optional tie Seasonal sport coat or blazer Loafers or loafer-style shoes Socks Professional Dress for Interviews

Dress for the job Ask questions and do research Better to overdress than underdress Professional for Women

Dark neutral colored blazer/suit jacket Slacks to coordinate with blazer color Skirts at or below the knee Shirt with appropriate neckline

Small prints or simple colors Closed toe and Closed heel dress shoes Flats 2 to 3 inch heel Plain hose Well groomed hair and nails Minimal jewelry and tasteful makeup Professional for Men

Wear dark neutral colors Pants and jackets should coordinate Simple button down collared shirts Pants that fit at the waist Ties Approximately at or right about belt buckle Choose appropriate patterns

Belt and shoes match Tall socks Brown or black leather shoes Now you try! As each picture appears, choose which category it is in:

Hold up the correct color card to show your answer! Light Blue- Casual Green- Business Casual Red- Professional 5

3 1 4 2 6 2

1 3 4 5 6 Decision Making

Use your decision making skills to: Compare products Purchase affordable clothes Figure out what you need for the occasion Be sure to:

Always understand the situation carefully Identify Choose Compare Analyze Examine

Identify Situation Analyze Situation Examine Alternatives Compare

Alternatives Choose Best Alternative Identify Situation Choose Best

Alternative Compare Alternatives Analyze Situation Examine Alternatives

Product Comparison Forms Example: Womens Blazers Cindy has an interview next week. She has a black skirt and a white blouse already in her closet. She needs to buy a new blazer for the interview. She likes simple buttons and needs the blazer to be under $50.

Womens Blazers Cindy has an interview next week. She has a black skirt and a white blouse already in her closet. She needs to buy a new blazer for the interview. She likes simple buttons and needs the blazer to be under $50. Womens Blazers

1 4 Professiona l for interview Black to match skirt Simple buttons

Under $50 2 3 Now lets practice our decision making skills!

Womens Shoes Class 1 Mens Ties Class 2 Womens Tops Class 3 Mens Pants Class 4 Team Time

Write a situation statement Include need for an apparel item State budget limitations Other things to consider

Occasion for wear Color, fabric or seasonal preferences Time constraints Anything else? Putting Your Best Foot Forward Appropriate Attire and Decision Making for Middle and High School Students Melinda Miller, Kate Whiting, Allie Griner University of Georgia Cooperative Extension

Presentation created by Megan Powell AmeriCorps VISTA Member - SW District 4H

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