Dress Code

Dressing professionally and appropriately is an important aspect of Model United Nations preparations.  Just like being polite and having proper manners, dressing appropriately is an important way to show respect for the nation you are representing, for your fellow delegates and for the United Nations. Delegates are required to dress in their  western business attire.

 

What is Western Business Attire?


Western business attire, or international standard business attire, serves as customary dress for workplaces.  It entails wearing a suit, which is made up of trousers, a matching jacket, a button-down dress shirt, and a tie.  Conservative dress shoes and socks are also important.  Skirts and dresses may also be worn as long as they fall to a decent length. The main thing to remember is to always insure that your appearance is tidy and put-together, and that you are well-covered.

 

Females Males
 Suits  A suit always looks professional.  Be sure to keep suits clean and wrinkle-free. A suit always looks professional.  Be sure to keep suits clean and wrinkle-free.

Tops
No t-shirts, tank tops or spaghetti straps.  A blouse, sweater, or button-down shirt is appropriate.  Dresses are also appropriate as long as they are tailored, not revealing and adequate in length.  Tops that display an open back or bare shoulders should not be worn. No t-shirts.  A collared/button-down shirt is appropriate.  Do not forget a tie!  A sport coat or sweater/vest is also a fine way to pull together a professional look.
  Bottoms No jeans nor shorts nor leggings.  Slacks and suit-pants are acceptable.  (Gauchos and Capri pants are casual wear, not professional business dress.) Hose/stockings offer a more polished look, but are not required.  Skirts should be tailored and provide adequate coverage; they should not fall more than two inches above the knee.  Bottoms should be in a solid color or have a subtle pattern; avoid loud designs and flimsy/sparkly fabrics. No jeans or shorts.  Slacks in khaki or dark colors are appropriate.  Socks should also be of a dark color.  Avoid wearing white athletic socks with professional business dress.
 Shoes No sneakers or sandals/flip flops.  Pumps and sling-backs are appropriate, but remember that you will be on your feet, so use your discretion when selecting a higher heel. No sneakers or open-toe sandals.  Loafers or other types of dress shoes are preferred.
 Hair  Keep hair clean and out of your face for a professional look. Keep hair clean and out of your face for a professional look.