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 professional attire is required in all conference areas for all attendees—advisers, members, and guests—at all SLW general sessions, exhibits, meetings, and workshops, and other activities unless otherwise stated in the conference program app.
Permitted for Gentlemen
Business suit with collared dress shirt, and necktie/bow tie or
Blazer, dress slacks, collared shirt, and necktie/bow tie or
Dress slacks, collared shirt, and necktie/bow tie.
Dress shoes/dress boots and socks.
Permitted for Ladies
Business suit with blouse or
Blazer with blouse or
Skirt or dress slacks with blouse or
Dress shoes/dress boots.
The length of ladies’ dresses, skirts, etc. shall be no shorter than 1 inch above the top of the ladies’ knees.
Not Permitted for Ladies and Gentlemen
Jewelry in visible body piercing, other than ears.
Denim or flannel clothing of any kind.
Leggings or graphic design hosiery/tights.
Skin tight or revealing clothing, including tank tops, spaghetti straps, and mini/short skirts or dresses.
Flip flops or casual sandals.
Industrial work shoes.
Any canvas or fabric shoes.
Clothing with printing that is suggestive, obscene, or promotes illegal substances.
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 during times when not attending specific conference functions. Casual attire is acceptable after 5:30 pm on Sunday (SLW). 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.
Modified Dress Code – State Leadership Workshop/Monday Sessions
All members and advisers are expected to follow the dress code as established by the PA FBLA Board of Directors. No one will be admitted into the workshop sessions on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning dress inappropriately.
All delegates are permitted to wear the “official” SLW American Heart Association t-shirt on MONDAY ONLY; if a member or adviser chooses to wear the “official” t-shirt, the member or adviser must still be in compliance with the PA FBLA dress code for all other elements of his or her business attire.
Anyone who does not participate in the “official” t-shirt campaign on Monday is required to abide by the PA FBLA professional dress code.
No dress code can cover all contingencies, so FBLA members 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 and state staff if uncertain.