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Dressing for Success at Beauty School

BlogHow To's | May 2, 2013


Beauty School Dress codeDress code is one of the subjects I get a lot of questions about during a student’s first visit. The parade of black and white outfits across the salon floor would be a very large coincidence otherwise and most will identify it as a dress code quickly. What is always surprising to me is when a student calls it a “uniform”. It brings to light the transition to a professional attitude and outlook that may be quite new to some individuals.

Wearing black and white to school is not a uniform; uniforms depersonalize and that is the exact opposite of what we want for our students. Your time in school is not just about learning how to cut, color, style, etc., but also to create and define your professional self. Empire calls their students Future Professionals for a reason. We want to give you the tools to become successful and that includes how to present yourself in a way that will be attractive to future employers. The industry standard dress in cosmetology is a black and white pallet. Even more so, you can never go wrong with a wardrobe of black and white dress clothes. Remember, every day that you’re here is a day to figure out what you want your walking and talking billboard that is you and your physical presentation to say. The way you dress will begin to reflect more and more the type of work that you do. Make sure yours says something positive.

While we may all love our t-shirts and comfy pants on weekends I cannot begin to stress enough that school is not the place for them. Yes, you may be able to wear that plain black t-shirt to school but is it really giving the right impression to your clients? While comfortable, that shirt will not display professionalism. As you progress through your time here you may start to see a change in the way you shop. When you see something that looks really great in red, check and see if they have it in black or white. Nice clothes are multi-functional; you wear a shirt with dress pants to school and before you meet some friends for dinner that evening you change into jeans. While just a small change in tone, the outfit goes from dressed up to casual. I want every student to feel comfortable in their own skin and the way we dress is a comprehensive outward reflection of how we feel about ourselves. Dress the way you feel most confident and it will radiate to every client you meet. Luckily, everyone looks good in black and white and both colors are at least part of every salon’s dress code. So kick back and feel fabulous, you’re a professional now.


Alexandra Luce

CPS at Empire Beauty School in Rochester

Alexandra Luce

Written by Alexandra Luce

I have been with Empire since September of 2012 and every day my students teach me something new. I love having the opportunity to meet people excited about the industry. It's always amazing to see a student's transformation from their first meeting with me through their graduation day. Blogging with Empire gives me a chance to share my experiences and utilize my background in English. Working in the Rochester area has been amazing and I look forward to meeting some of you here in the future.


  • Laura D says:

    This should be required reading for new students- so many complain about the dress code but there’s a good reason for it :)

  • Geneva says:

    Our school is now telling us that we can’t wear spandex pants. I understand no leggings because some people won’t cover their bottoms with shirts. I have pants that are stretchy and have a “skinny” fit. They have belt loops, pockets and a zipper. They aren’t see through. People are getting sent home if they wear them. We basically are not allowed to wear anything tight or form fitting… but we are allowed to wear scrubs or dickies? How is this not depersonalized.

  • Bridget says:

    The dress code for stylists makes perfect sense, but I am wondering what is the dress like for estheticians during the school day? The ones I have seen during working hours are usually in scrubs, I don’t see a problem with this because they are constantly mixing, applying, wiping on and off. Just wanted your input.

  • Jen says:

    Hi. I was wondering what you are allowed to wear for the dress code? Thanks

  • Alyssa says:

    I don’t have a problem with the black and white..Just was wondering if we can also wear grey? I see a lot of shirts that bare business apparel that are in grey…but wasn’t sure if we could wear them,therefore I didn’t buy them. Grey..yes or no?

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