What to Wear to a Career Fair

Whether you’re looking for a job or a company, it’s always best to start with a clean slate. A career fair is one of those opportunities to meet potential employers and network with other professionals in your field. And while you want to look good, you also don’t want to overdo it or come off as being too serious (or not serious enough). So here are some guidelines on what clothes are appropriate for this type of interview-like setting.

What to Wear to a Career Fair?

You want to make a great first impression, so dress as if you’ve already got the job. When in doubt, dress one level above what you think the company is looking for; it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.

What to Wear to a Career Fair

Consider the weather and location of the career fair when deciding what to wear: If it’s cold outside and/or raining, wearing a coat will keep you warm and dry! If it’s hot outside (or even inside), bring some water with you so that you aren’t tempted to overheat during your interview(s).

Know the company before you go

When you know the company, it’s easier to decide what to wear. Figure out what the company does, who they do it for and what their values are, then choose your attire accordingly. Find out what the dress code is and if there are any special rules or regulations (e.g., no jeans). Knowing these things will give you an idea of how formal or relaxed your outfit should be.

If possible, try to meet with someone at the company before going onsite so that they can give specific tips regarding what they expect from candidates during interviews or other events like career fairs.

Keep it simple, classy and stylish

If the company is hosting the career fair at their office, it’s usually best to wear something business casual. If you are interviewing with a potential employer or have already been offered an interview (if not just walking in), dress nice and dress up!

It’s always a good idea to ask someone beforehand what type of event it is and what their expectations are. Just as there are no rules about how much jewelry, accessories and makeup women should wear during job interviews (or any other time!) there are also no rules about how men should dress for them either—except one: If your outfit screams “I’m trying too hard,” then your odds of success go down significantly.

Don’t overdress

There are a lot of things to consider when dressing for a career fair, but one thing you should always keep in mind is that you don’t want to overdo it. The goal is not to look like you’re trying too hard; the goal is just enough effort so that your attire doesn’t detract from the content of your resume and portfolio.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Don’t wear too much makeup or other beauty products. You want people looking at your ideas, not wondering whether or not you’re wearing fake eyelashes (or if they’ll fall off during the interview).
  • Don’t wear a hat, scarf or sunglasses indoors unless absolutely necessary for medical reasons (and then make sure it’s discreet). There are exceptions—for example, if there’s an outdoor job fair with harsh sun—but otherwise this can be interpreted as unprofessionalism in appearance or judgment (which could lead employers to question whether or not their workers would take care of themselves at work).
  • You’ll be on your feet for hours. If you wear heels, make sure they aren’t too high. And if you have to walk a lot, wear shoes that are comfortable and can be worn for long periods of time.

Make sure your clothes are clean

Wear clothes that are clean and wrinkle-free. They should be freshly laundered, ironed, and pressed if necessary. Make sure your shoes are polished and clean as well; no one wants to see your lunch on their way to the interview!

You should also avoid wearing strong colognes or perfumes at career fairs. The last thing you want is for someone to have a headache because they’ve been breathing in too much of your fragrance all day long. Dark colors tend to be more professional than light ones; however, if you feel like wearing something bright like a tie or dress shirt, go for it!

Career fairs are typically held during business hours (9am-5pm), so wear something that doesn’t make it look like you just rolled out of bed after partying all night long—even though most people do!

Accessorize (a little)

It’s not necessary to put on a full-blown suit and tie, but don’t forget your accessories. You want to be professional without coming off as stuffy or boring. A watch is always a good choice for men, as it can make them look more mature and responsible. Women should wear jewelry that is conservative without looking like they’re trying too hard—after all, you’ll still be wearing your name tag when you meet with a company representative! If you’re worried about being cold at the career fair (or if it’s just chilly where you live), consider bringing along a scarf or tie in case it gets too cool outside.

If there’s one accessory that everyone should own—men and women alike—it would be belts; some people even think belts are more versatile than shoes because they can be worn with everything from jeans to business suits! And although hats are optional when dressing up for this particular occasion, they’re sometimes required in certain industries (such as construction). Also remember: Your hair needs good hygiene skills because everyone will get close enough to smell it!

The key to dressing for a career fair is to dress for success and look professional

As you prepare for your career fair, remember that the most important thing is to dress for success. The key is to look professional, but also comfortable and relaxed. Make sure you’re wearing clothes that fit well and make you feel confident, because an interviewer will be able to tell if you don’t!

The first thing people notice when they meet someone is how they’re dressed. Your clothes can make a huge impact on how other people perceive your professionalism and abilities—so it’s important to put some thought into what you wear when going out on these interviews. If possible, choose outfits that are both stylish and modest (no short skirts or low-cut tops). You shouldn’t show too much skin when attending interviews!

It’s also good practice not overdoing it with jewelry or accessories such as scarves or hats; otherwise this could distract from what matters most: showing off your talents through conversation rather than flashy accessories like big earrings or necklaces with big pendants hanging down far enough so everyone knows what kind of car keys might be attached inside one day if everything works out right.


We hope this article has given you some ideas on how to dress for a career fair. Remember, it’s about being professional and looking the part – so don’t get too creative with your outfit!