Formal Speech and Debate Attire When you are giving a formal presentation, you must also dress formally. The way you dress says a good deal about you, so it is better to learn this lesson now. For the presentation, the following are the requirements for dress: Males: Collared, button-down shirt and tie Khaki or dress pants Dress shoes Females: Dress pants or skirts of appropriate length (just above the knee is the shortest allowed) Dresses of appropriate length which meet dress code PRESENTATION DO’S AND DON’TS WITH CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES: DO Make sure your clothes are ironed. Make sure that your clothes match. Males: Tuck shirts into pants and wear a belt. Females: Make sure your hair is out of your face. Wear shoes that are broken in. DON’T Wear loud colors and patterns Wear flashy jewelry. Put anything into your pockets. Wear lots of cologne or perfume. Wear jeans, sandals, or slippers. Wear a tie with a polo shirt.