The Youth & Government program represents an opportunity for high school students across the state to raise civic awareness and participate first-hand in the legislative process. The conference takes place in the historic New Jersey State House, where Senators, Representatives, and Governors have sat and deliberated issues facing the state. As such, delegates should dress appropriately, not only to respect the institution that they are in, but also to show respect to the other high school students and adults that take the time to make sure your weekend in Trenton is eventful.  Essentially, you are surrounded by co-workers, so you want to make a good impression! There is a very strict business formal dress code that will be upheld rigorously, and those found to be violating the dress code will be subject to the loss of speaking privileges.

As an easy rule of thumb, dress as if you’re going to the most important interview of your life!

Young Men

Men’s business formal attire is fairly straight-forward.  All men are to wear a suit, complete with a shirt and tie. 

  • A suit always includes a coat, blazer, or sports jacket, which will be worn at all times.  Cardigans do not count as men’s business formal.
  • Men’s business formal requires a tie.
  • Pants cannot be made of denim.
  • Dress socks should be worn.
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
  • No hats.
  • No sandals, moccasins, uggs, boat shoes, Converses, slippers, etc.

Places to go for affordable men’s dress clothes include Target, Express, GAP, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and most major department stores.

Young Women

Women’s business formal dress is a bit more complicated, due to the variety of clothing options.  A women’s “suit” can be a dress or skirt/pants paired with a blazer/cardigan.  In a few instances, blouses may be worn without a blazer/cardigan.

  • Pants/skirts cannot be made of khaki/cargo material or denim.
  • Skirts must be longer than mid-thigh/finger-tip length (wearing stockings does not void this rule).  Any skirt that can have the word “mini” applied to it, does not qualify.
  • Jackets, blazers, cardigans are highly encouraged.  Blouses worn without any of these articles of clothing must be tasteful (i.e. not low cut, sheer, sleeveless, or midriff).
  • No open-toed shoes permitted.  High heeled shoes are permitted, but not encouraged due to the excessive amount of walking over the weekend.
  • No sandals, moccasins, uggs, boat shoes, Converses, slippers, etc.

Places to go for affordable women’s dress clothes include Target, The Limited, GAP, H&M, Express, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and most major department stores.