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Dress Code

State Leadership Conference Dress Code PDF (combined with Delegate Code of Conduct)
State Leadership Workshop Dress Code PDF (combined with Delegate Code of Conduct)

SLC Dress Code with Illustrations:

Pennsylvania FBLA supports a dress code for its official functions that exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism.

PA FBLA 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 PA FBLA Event Attire

  • Business suite or sport coat or blazer (blazer optional) with
  • Dress slacks or dress skirt or business dress with
  • Collared dress shirt and appropriate neckwear (necktie, bowtie, scarf) or dress blouse.
  • Dress shoes/dress boots.
  • For a more polished, professional appearance, it is recommended that participants wear appropriate hosiery/socks.
  • The length of dresses, skirts, etc., shall be no shorter than 1 inch above the top of the knees.

Not Permitted for Conference Participants During Official Functions

  • Midriff revealing clothing.
  • Skin-tight or revealing clothing, including tank tops, spaghetti straps, and mini/short skirts or dresses.
  • Visible undergarments
  • Athletic clothing.
  • Leggings or graphic-designed/patterned hosiery/tights.
  • Clothing with printing that is suggestive, obscene, or promotes illegal substances.
  • Jewelry in visible body piercing, other than ears.
  • Denim or flannel clothing of any kind.
  • Hats.
  • Unacceptable types of footwear include boat shoes, canvas or fabric shoes, flip flops or casual sandals, vinyl or plastic shoes, UGG style shoes, athletic shoes, industrial work shoes, and hiking boots.

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.

Casual attire is acceptable for specific functions as listed in the program or the conference app or during times when not attending specific conference functions.  Casual attire may be worn to all social events.

New fashion trends may be in style, but not necessarily appropriate.  The best way to operate is to avoid walking the line.  If there is doubt, select something else to wear.  Be a professional.

No dress code can cover all contingencies, so FBLA members, advisers, and guests must use a certain amount of judgment in their choice of clothing to wear.  Members who experience uncertainty about unacceptable attire should ask their local adviser for guidance.  Advisers should seek the guidance of the PA FBLA Executive Director or other members of the PA FBLA Management Team, if uncertain.

PA FBLA does not support or condone the touching of students or their clothing as a means of determining whether a student is following the dress code guidelines.

Any medical exemptions to this dress code must be documented with the PA FBLA Executive Director and maintained in conference headquarters prior to the beginning of the event.  This is the responsibility of the local adviser.


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