How-To: Dress for Diplomatic Success

Dress Code Guidelines

IDIA has adopted Western Business Attire as the standard for all of its conference events. It is our experience that attendees who dress appropriately are more receptive to the experiences and opportunities that our programs provide. In principle, elected officials and diplomats seek to represent themselves as professional and organized. One cannot underestimate the importance of well-put together appearance. Casual attire can be worn during non-committee periods.

Men

Women

Not Acceptable

Shirts and Tops

Long-sleeved shirt

Tie

Optional: Jacket or Sweater

Long–sleeved shirts with collars

Jackets/blazers

Tie

Sweaters, vests and cardigans

Sweatshirts

T-shirts

Sleeveless shirts/tops

Untucked shirts/tops

Bare shoulders or midriff

Pants/Skirts

Dress slacks

Suit pants

Optional: Belt

Dress pants

Skirt (longer than knee-length)

Denim (any color)

Leather/vinyl

Sweatpants

Stretch pants/leggings

Shorts

Footwear

Loafers

Oxfords

Cap-toe shoes

Monk shoes

Dress shoes/pumps

Closed toe, sling-back shoes

Flats/casual shoes

Athletic/tennis shoes

Sandals

Hiking boots

 NOTE: Modest necklines, tucked-in shirts, socks, and appropriate accessories are important parts of Western Business attire.  Delegates not in accordance with this dress code will be asked to return to their rooms to change, at the discretion of Conference Managers and IDIA staff.