How do you decide what is professional? I used to struggle trying to dress in a way that I thought was expected of me. I would wear black dress pants everyday, uncomfortable but "dressy" flats, and a stiff button down shirt. I NEVER wore my piercings except for the occasional earring. I was miserable. Every day I hated going to work. I even would only carry a black quilted tote bag because it was nice but unassuming. I did this for 4 years - all through medical school clinicals and the first 2 years of residency. I was so afraid to be accused of unprofessionalism that I lost a sense of who I was. Now I'm not saying I wear jeans every day to work (maybe the occasional Sunday), but I do believe that your outfit is an extension of your personality. You should look put together, but you don't have to create a uniform for yourself. As long as you follow the rules of your program and take patient perception into consideration, you should be free to express yourself through your wardrobe. Be fierce. Be proud. Be you.