Question: What should I wear for my first day of work?
Answer: First of all, congratulations: the big day has finally arrived! After sending out applications, prepping for interviews and sending thank you emails, you’ve landed a fabulous new job. Whether this is a summer internship, first position out of college or a new promotion—it’s important to dress to impress on your first day. We’ve got a few tips to inspire your new work look.
During your interview, you probably noticed what a few people in the office were wearing. Pay attention to the climate of your new workspace. Depending on the type of job, some outfits may or may not work. For example, if you’re interning at a financial company, you probably shouldn’t arrive in jeans and sneakers. Yet, if you’re working for a small family run company or outside, that may be more appropriate. Always remember that it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed on your first day. Dress for the job you aspire to have!
Most companies label their office attire as business casual, but what that means completely differs, and depends on the industry. If you’re working in fashion, there is way more leeway when it comes to what’s considered appropriate for the office. If you’re still concerned, it doesn’t hurt to email your HR Rep or whoever interviewed you. They can shed some light on what does and doesn’t work for your specific workspace.
Dress codes are enforced to maintain the office ambiance—not to stifle your personal style. Find appropriate pieces that speak to you. If you love to wear the color pink, incorporate it into your office wear via button down or a scarf. On your first day, you should feel confident and beautiful in whatever you choose to wear.
And, always prepare for the unexpected. Make sure to bring a light coat—you never know whether the office will be blasting the heat or freezing everyone with the AC. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. Your first day isn’t the time to break in that new pair of leather heels. If you live in heels, opt for a chunky heel or wedges on your first day.
To save you from a stressful morning, plan out your outfit the night prior. Make sure to try everything on (even accessories) and check yourself out in the mirror. Make sure your outfit is pressed and free of any lint or stains. Decide how you plan to wear your hair and go for subtle makeup.
Good luck! We would love to hear what you wore on your first day!