Even though our 2021 Career Development Conference is virtual, we still expect and encourage participants to adhere to the typical conference dress code. Whether participating from home or school this helps set the tone for a professional conference both on and off screen.

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 if acceptable attire is not worn. It is the responsibility of the local chapter advisor to ensure that students comply with the rules established for proper dress.

For SCDC 2021, we will mirror the same dress code utilized for the International Career Development Conference. The only exception is that a student may choose to wear a blazer, sport coat, or business jacket in lieu of the official DECA blazer.

Please have conversations with your students about appropriate professional dress and screen students before the sessions begin and before any competitions are recorded. The best way to prevent dress code is to know the dress code policy, have conversations about the dress code, and possibly have a dress code check prior to any conference activities or recording sessions. 

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.

Dress Code Requirements



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").


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").

Inappropriate Attire During All Conference 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.