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Dress Code

Dress code violations are a serious offense and create an unfair environment for students who have followed the dress code.  Conference participants not following the official dress code may be disqualified from competitive events, not allowed on stage, or banned from the conference until accepted attire is secured.  It is the responsibility of the chapter advisor to see that students comply with the rules established for proper dress.  For State Career Development Conference, the Oklahoma State Action team adopted the dress code for ICDC.  The only exception is that a student may wear a blazer, sport coat, or business jacket instead of the official DECA blazer. 

Please have conversations with your students about appropriate professional dress and screen their students before the sessions begin.  The best way to prevent dress code issues is to know the dress code policy, have conversations about the dress code, and possibly have a dress code check prior to the 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 males and females.

Oklahoma DECA’s State Action Team has developed the following official dress standards for the State Career Development Conference. Students, advisors and chaperones must follow the dress code.

 Competitors must wear a blazer, sport coat, OR the official DECA blazer during interaction with the judges.  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.

 A business suit, blazer, sport coat, OR official DECA blazer is required to receive recognition/an award on stage.

WHEN APPEARING BEFORE JUDGES, LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, GENERAL SESSIONS, AND GRAND AWARDS SESSION

FEMALES:

Business suit or official DECA blazer with dress skirt or dress slacks and a dress blouse or official blazer with a dress; dress shoes (no sandals, canvas, or “boat shoes”)

MALES:

Blazer, sport coat, OR official DECA blazer with dress slacks, collared dress shirt and necktie; dress shoes and dress socks (no sandals, canvas, or “boat shoes”)

SPECIAL EVENT & OUTSIDE OFFICIAL DECA EVENTS

DECA CASUAL

  • Casual slacks (e.g., Dockers), blouse or shirt, socks and casual shoes.
  • Jeans, t-shirts and athletic shoes.

UNACCEPTABLE DURING DECA ACTIVITIES

  • Skin-tight or revealing clothing
  • Midriff-baring clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Leggings or graphic designed hosiery/tights
  • Athletic clothing
  • Clothing with printing that is suggestive, obscene or promotes illegal substances

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.

Dress Code Handout

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