Michigan DECA Dress Code

The dress codes for Michigan and the International Conference have been updated for 2018-2019.

District Conferences, State Conference and Activities

 

The following Dress Code has been developed for all students, advisors, alumni, and​​ guests attending any​​ Michigan DECA​​ conference.

One of DECA’s primary goals is to develop its members’ social intelligence by administering helpful advice on how to dress properly in business situations. Delegates at every conference are always representing Michigan DECA, therefore it is necessary for delegates to be in appropriate attire at all times. It is important to remember that judges, sponsors, and vendors develop an impression of Michigan DECA based on its members’ appearance and conduct at these conferences.

 

When Appearing Before Judges (Competition) and During Sessions/Meetings:

  • Business suit or sport coat or blazer (blazer optional)​​ 

  • Dress slacks, dress skirt or business dress ​​ 

  • Collared dress shirt, dress blouse or dress sweater​​ 

  • DECA Blazer optional​​ 

  • Dress shoes​​ 

  • Necktie/scarf​​ is required if a collared shirt is worn

Note:​​ All dresses and skirts must be at or below the knee. ​​​​ All blouses and dresses must have covered shoulders. ​​ Sleeveless blouses and dresses are acceptable if covered by a jacket, sweater or blazer.​​ For a more​​ professional appearance, it is​​ recommended​​ that students wear appropriate plain hosiery/socks.

 

DECA Business Casual

  • Casual slacks (e.g., Dockers), blouse or shirt, socks and casual shoes.​​ 

  • Jeans, t-shirts and athletic shoes are not included in business casual attire.​​ 

The following are NOT acceptable during any DECA activity:

  • Skin-tight or revealing clothing, including skirts

  • Bare arms or shoulders

  • Athletic clothing     

  • Swimwear

  • Leggings or graphic design hosiery/tights  

  • Sleepwear

  • Midriff-baring clothing    

  • Hats

  • Clothing with holes

  • Clothing with printing that is suggestive, obscene or promotes illegal substances

  • Unacceptable types of shoes include boat shoes, canvas or fabric shoes, flip flops or casual sandals, athletic shoes, industrial work shoes and​​ hiking boots

 

ALL Clothing must be neat and in good repair

Students violating any of these points will NOT be allowed to participate in the activity or conference without correcting the violation or being penalized on their judged event.

International Career Development Conference

 

Professional appearance is an important aspect of the overall preparation of DECA members for the business world. To that end, DECA supports a dress code for its career-based functions that exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism while being non-discriminatory between genders.​​ 

DECA’s board of directors has developed the following official dress standards for the International Career Development Conference. Students, advisors and chaperones must follow the dress code.

Competitors must wear an official DECA blazer during interaction with the judges or when on stage. ​​ While official DECA blazers are not required during briefing and testing, professional business dress is required. Professional dress should also be worn to all conference sessions including workshops and special meal functions such as luncheons.​​ 

For a more polished, professional appearance, it is recommended that attendees wear appropriate hosiery/socks.

 

All skirts and dresses must be at or below the knee. ​​ 

When Appearing Before Judges (During Competition) and On Stage

  • Official DECA blazer​​ 

  • Dress slacks or dress skirt or business dress​​ 

  • Collared dress shirt and appropriate neckwear (necktie, ascot, scarf) or Dress blouse ​​ 

  • Dress shoes​​ 

 

During Sessions, Meal Functions, Event Briefing, Academies, Manual Registration, Event Orientation, and Testing

  • Business suit or sport coat or blazer (blazer optional)​​ 

  • Dress slacks, dress skirt or business dress ​​ 

  • Collared dress shirt, dress blouse or dress sweater​​ 

  • DECA Blazer optional​​ 

  • Dress shoes​​ 

  • Necktie/scarf (optional)​​ 

 

DECA Business Casual

  • Casual slacks (e.g., Dockers), blouse or shirt, socks and casual shoes.​​ 

  • Jeans, t-shirts and athletic shoes are not included in business casual attire.

 

When judging adherence to the dress code, DECA asks that advisors, teachers and chaperones use observation as the tool for assessing compliance. DECA does not support or condone the touching of students or their clothing as a means of determining whether or not a student is following the dress code guidelines.