Official Dress Overview + Competitive Event Changes

FBLA Official Dress is needed in order to compete in all high school performance events at the Region Leadership Conference (RLC) and State Leadership Conference (SLC). Components of official dress include: navy blue blazer with FBLA patch, dress khaki skirt or slacks or a matching navy blue suit with the FBLA patch, white dress shirt, dress shoes (no boots, sandals, or tennis shoes), and the official blue FBLA necktie.

If a skirt is worn,  ensure it is no more than two inches above the knee. The FBLA patch should be sewn over the left chest pocket. We encourage your chapter to show their Georgia FBLA pride by adopting the official dress uniform of Georgia FBLA. 

Be sure to know your competitive event regulations and rubrics before competing. The following are important alterations to FBLA’s competitive events you’ll want to learn about:

  • The report length for Business Plan has been shortened to 15 pages.
  • Now, the top 20 from the RLC objective test for Future Business Leader will advance to SLC.
  • There has been a performance component added to Local Chapter Annual Business Report at SLC and NLC.
  • In Social Media Campaign, the RLC prejudged component has been replaced with a presentation to a panel of judges.
  • No more super teams are allowed in case study events (Banking & Financial Systems, Entrepreneurship, Global Business, Hospitality Management, Management Decision Making, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Network Design, Parliamentary Procedure, and Sports & Entertainment Management) at SLC or NLC. 

Official Dress Review and Competitive Event Updates

Importance of official dress

In the wake of competition, it is pertinent for members to not only know the dress code but to also know the Georgia FBLA Official Dress. It should be followed at the Regional Leadership Conference and State Leadership Conference during competitive event performances. Not understanding the specifics of official dress may cost you or your team points at either conference. Please make sure to review the details before. To make these official dress preparation easier, here is a simple checklist to follow:

Requirements for Males:

  • A standard solid navy blazer with either khakis or a corresponding navy pair of pants
  • The FBLA patch must be placed over the left chest pocket of the blazer
  • A white collared, button-up, long-sleeved dress shirt
  • Dress Shoes (eg. oxfords, cap toe, wingtip, dress loafers)
  • Official blue FBLA necktie

Requirements for Females:

  • A standard solid navy blazer
  • Khakis or a corresponding navy pair of pants or skirt
  • If a skirt is worn, it should extend to the knee or slightly below, hemmed evenly across the bottom. The skirt may not be higher than 2 inches above the knee.
  • The FBLA patch must be placed over the left chest pocket of the blazer.
  • A white collared, button-up, long-sleeved dress shirt, blouse or shell can be worn (no t-shirts, polo/golf shirts or camisoles).
  • Dress may be open toe or slingback, but not both
  • Official blue FBLA scarf

Boots, sandals and tennis shoes are not acceptable footwear. In addition, if you know a region or state officer, you may see them wearing a red scarf or tie; however, it is important to keep in mind that ALL members are expected to wear blue scarves or ties when competing.

If you’d like to know more on the dress code in general or want to see if official dress applies to your event, you can find more details on pages 24-25 in the Chapter Planning Guide.

Competitive event updates

If you or a friend is interested in politics, Political Science may be the event for you! This event is a new objective test that has been added to the list of competitive events this year.

For those competing in Digital Video Production, the length of the video has been reduced to two minutes in order to give competitors time to present their entire video during their presentation.

The 2018-2019 topics for competitive events such as 3-D Animation, Business Ethics, and Introduction to FBLA  can be viewed on pages 20-21 in the Chapter Planning Guide.




Professional Dress Code Overview

Looking professional is a must when it comes to making good impressions. Whether you’re dressing for an FBLA event or a social event, you should always dress appropriately according to the circumstances. FBLA has a certain dress code that all members should follow accordingly. The national website provides great detail on how to properly dress for every FBLA occasion. Here is a detailed list from the national website:

FBLA-PBL National Dress Code

FBLA-PBL members and advisers should develop an awareness of the image one’s appearance projects. The purpose of the dress code is to uphold the professional image of the association and its members and to prepare students for the business world. Appropriate attire is required for all attendees—advisers, members, and guests—at all general sessions, competitive events, regional meetings, workshops, and other activities unless otherwise stated in the conference program. Conference name badges are part of this dress code and must be worn for all conference functions. For safety reasons, do not wear name badges when touring. Professional attire acceptable for official FBLA-PBL activities include:


  • Business suit with collar dress shirt, and necktie or
  • Sport coat, dress slacks, collar shirt, and necktie or
  • Dress slacks, collar shirt, and necktie
  • Banded collar shirt may be worn only if sport coat or business suit is worn
  • Dress shoes and socks


  • Business suit with blouse or
  • Business pantsuit with blouse or
  • Skirt or dress slacks with blouse or sweater or
  • Business dress
  • Capris or gauchos with coordinating jacket/suit, worn below the knee
  • Dress shoes

Inappropriate attire

  • Jewelry in visible body piercing, other than ears
  • Denim or chambray fabric clothing of any kind, overalls, shorts, skorts, stretch or stirrup pants, exercise or bike shorts
  • Backless, see-through, tight-fitting, spaghetti straps, strapless, extremely short, or low-cut blouses/tops/dresses/skirts
  • T-shirts, Lycra™, spandex, midriff tops, tank tops, bathing suits
  • Sandals, athletic shoes, industrial work shoes, hiking boots, bare feet, or over-the-knee- boots
  • Athletic wear, including sneakers
  • Hats or flannel fabric clothing
  • Bolo ties

Remember, if you are competing in front of a panel of judges at RLC or SLC, you will need to be in Georgia FBLA Official Dress.  More information about this can be found on page 23 of the Chapter Planning Guide.