Each year more than 30,000 Marines transition back into the civilian world. With years of wearing the USMC uniform, the civilian workforce leads a different outfit. If you’re facing your EAS or retirement date, getting your work wardrobe ready for your next chapter is important. If you’re not sure where to begin, or you’ve forgotten how to dress for success, here are some do’s and don’ts to help you get started.


  • Wear dress shirt
  • Wear trousers/slacks with a belt
  • Wear appropriate footwear
  • Wear jacket when appropriate
  • Ensure hair and makeup are presentable


  • Wear clothing too tight or too revealing
  • Wear skirts that are too short
  • Wear inappropriate footwear (sandals, flip flops, tennis shoes)
  • Wear inappropriate jewelry

Here are some tips to help make space in your closet: 

  1. Get rid of anything that has holes or is severely faded.
  2. Make sure your clothes fit right and are not too baggy or too tight.
  3. Group clothing by color and article of clothing to easily create matching outfits. This trick will also help assess your “have and have not” colors.
  4. If you’re on a weight loss journey, don’t be tempted to fill your closet with your “goal weight” size. Purge and purchase according to the size you currently are. This will help your wardrobe and your wallet.
  5. Find a local charity or organization that you can donate your unwanted items to, and give your spring cleaning an even greater purpose.
  6. And, don’t forget to include a complementing mask into your fresh new looks.  

For more information on how to dress for success for your next phase of life, contact your local installation Transition Readiness Program.