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.

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