The Dress Code

Professional Dress | Business Casual | Formal Attire
Unapproved Attire | Recommended Attire for Judged Events

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. Advisors much teach members about professional dress and should expect members to adhere to the following:

Business Professionals of America approved attire must be worn by all conference attendees-- advisors, members, and guests-- at all BPA sessions unless otherwise stated. Name badges are part of the dress code and must be worn at all times.

The following items constitute approved attire.
Professional Dress for the Assessment Events, Chapter Presidents Meeting, Opening Session and Parade of the Presidents, Voting Delegate Session, Mini-Sessions, Judges' Review, Campaign Rally, Dinner Session, Dance, and Awards Session. Professional Dress must also be worn for all events at the Regional Leadership Conferences.

Gentlemen are required to wear dress shoes and dress socks with the following:
  • suit, dress shirt, and tie
  • sport coat, coordinated dress slacks, dress shirt, and tie
  • dress slacks, dress shirt, and tie
  • shirt and/or sweater and slacks (tie preferred, but not required)
Ladies are required to wear dress shoes and dress socks or hose with the following:
  • business suit or business dress
  • skirt with coordinated blouse and/or sweater
  • dress slacks with coordinated blouse and/or sweater
  • coordinated slack outfit
  • open-toed shoes are allowed, but be cautious about wearing shoes that are too casual
Business Casual for the shopping, eating, and free time.

Ladies and Gentlemen may not wear items listed under Unapproved Attire at any time; however, they may choose to wear the following for shopping, eating, and free time:
  • business casual slacks including khakis or chinos
  • business casual shirts including golf shirts or polo shirts
  • business casual shoes (with socks) including loafers and oxfords
Formal Attire for the dinner session and dance (optional):
  • Gentlemen may choose to wear tuxedos.
  • Ladies may choose to wear formal gowns with formal dress shoes.
The following items are unapproved attire will result in a 10% deduction in your competition:
  • athletic shoes
  • athletic wear
  • bare feet
  • blue jeans
  • cargo pants
  • coats
  • colored jeans
  • corduroys
  • cutoffs
  • halter tops
  • hats / caps
  • hiking boots
  • lycra
  • midriff tops
  • ragged clothes
  • sandals
  • shorts / skorts
  • slippers
  • spandex
  • overalls
  • tank tops
  • tattoos that show
  • thong shoes
  • t-shirts
  • tube tops
  • clothing with words
  • visible body piercings other than ears
Recommended Attire for Judged Events
The following attire is recommended for judged events. Students may choose to follow these recommendations or they may choose to wear Professional Dress. Students must not be penalized if they choose to wear Professional Dress for judged events.

Gentlemen
  • dress shoes with coordinated dress socks
  • suit, dress shirt, and tie
  • dress slacks, dress shirt, and tie
  • sport coat, coordinated dress slacks, dress shirt, and tie
  • reasonable, conservative jewelry and earings (no more than two earrings per ear)
  • no piercings of the eyebrows, lips, tongue, nose, chin, etc.
  • no tattoes that show
Ladies
  • dress shoes with coordinated dress socks or hose
  • sling backs, boots, clogs, and open-toed shoes are not recommended
  • colored hose that coordinates with the outfit can be worn
  • business suit or dress (no side slits or shorts)
  • skirts (w/o side slits) with coordinated blouse or sweater
  • skirts and drresses should be no shorter than one inch above the knee
  • reasonable, conservative jewelry and earings (no more than one earring per ear)
  • no piercings of the eyebrows, lips, tongue, nose, chin, etc.
  • no tattoes that show
The key is conservative dress for ladies and gentlemen!
   
Contact Information:
Diane Stocker-Bendersky - BPA Advisor
E-mail: stockerb@aaps.k12.mi.us
Phone: (734) 994-2092
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