Dress for Success: Western Business Attire

Dress Code
Some of our AMUN Secretariat showing off their best Western Business Attire

Dress for success. First impressions matter. Dress the part. Fake it ’till you make it. The clothes make the (wo)man.  

We’ve all heard these cliches and idioms a thousand times, but what do they have to do with Model UN?

Even in this 21st century world, Model UN, and diplomacy more broadly, is often a face-to-face endeavor, and this means appearances matter. And the world of international diplomacy is still a pretty conservative place, dominated by men and women in traditional business suits. As for Model UN, we think that dressing the part transports everyone into a different world, even if just for formal session. This post will help you plan ahead as you think about packing for Conference. You may need to purchase a few new pieces or visit the tailor, so a little lead time never hurts. Conference is just around the corner!

The AMUN Dress Code

In order to cultivate an atmosphere appropriate to the international diplomatic corps, AMUN has instituted a dress code for all participants.AMUN requires conservative Western business attire for all representatives and Secretariat during all formal sessions, including the final sessions on Tuesday. The AMUN Dress Code is published, in full, in the Rules and Procedures handbook.

Western business attire is a business jacket or suit, dress slacks or skirt, dress shirt (with a tie for men), and dress shoes. Attire should follow the rule of being appropriate for visiting an embassy. Revealing dress shirts that expose excessive bare skin are not appropriate. Sweaters or leggings are generally considered too casual for Western business attire. Clothing that reveals undergarments in any way, including being too tight, is not appropriate. AMUN will not consider any manner of dress appropriate which includes T-shirts, jeans, shorts, hats, athletic shoes or any form of commercial advertising. Participants shall not wear the traditional or religious garb of any State or organization. The only exception to this is required traditional or religious garb from a student’s personal religion or culture. Additionally, participants should not affect the mannerisms, linguistic characteristics or any other perceived traits of a State or culture that they are representing.

The Bottom Line

As you pack, pay close attention to the “yeas” and “nays” of the dress code.

For men:

  • YES to jackets, collared shirts, ties, dress socks and shoes, suits, and slacks.
  • NO to jeans, hats, tennis shoes, t-shirts, advertising, exposed undergarments.

For women:

  • YES to jackets, blouses or collared shirts, hosiery and dress shoes, accessories, suits, dresses, skirts, and slacks.
  • NO to jeans, hats, tennis shoes, t-shirts, advertising, exposed undergarments.

 What About After Hours?

After the formal Model UN day is done, you’re on your own: dress for style, comfort, going out, or whatever floats your boat. Just be sure you’re dressed for success in the morning!

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