(Disclaimer: Your new job probably won’t involve you sitting on an old abandoned Volvo in the middle of a lost barn. But mine certainly does.)
Starting a new job is an exciting time, I should know because I’ve started two very recently and I’m interviewing for one starting January this week. The prospect of meeting new people, getting new training and venturing into different direction is a huge step. Sometimes its exciting and sometimes it’s daunting. One of the things that shouldn’t be stressing you out before you start a new job is the dress code. However, if it’s your first job/ internship/ your first job where there is a dress code then knowing what to wear can be a dilemma.
Here are some tips on what to buy and wear to make dressing for your new job less of a dilemma…
Invest in a few nice dresses
Dresses are my go-to for almost everything. If I don’t know what to wear for a date, brunch or work I’ll wear a dress. Why? They’re simple and only one item so you don’t have to worry about whether your trousers are going to give you a wedgie or whether your shirt matches your skirt. Dresses make you look polished and put together. I always feel like I look as if I’ve put more effort into deciding on your outfit than I have.
When buying dresses for work make sure you’re looking at office ready dresses, rather than something you can go for drinks in after work in. For example, some office-ready dresses from Quiz* offer a good mix of cute but office appropriate wear.
As the weather gets colder dresses aren’t necessarily the first things we go to grab in our wardrobes after leaving the confines of our toasty bed. I would advice stocking up on thick tights to keep your legs warm.
Buy a show stopping suit
I bought an emerald green velvet suit from Nasty Gal the other week and I honestly love it so much. It’s unique and stylish but also incredible smart so it ticks all the boxes for me for office wear. I think that women often stray from suits, rendering them a ‘male buy’ but they look so amazing on women. Despite what you may think, well tailored suits don’t have to be bespoke. You can find some really nice ones that are well tailored online for the same price as a couple of dresses.
I would advise trying your suit on a couple of times before wearing it to the office. Sometimes they don’t move as well as you would need them to in a working environment so it’s best to give them a thorough trial run before working a full shift in them!
Master ‘Casual Friday’
You’ll probably want to check on Thursday evening if your office does casual Friday. You don’t want to be the one person that shows up in a suit! One piece of advice I would give is that it’s casual Friday, not ‘own clothes day’. At my school people would wear as much Abercrombie and Fitch as they could get on their body and hoped it looked cool (myself included).
You may not be able to wear jeans to work on Monday but they’ll definitely be acceptable on Casual Friday. Take advantage of that and go comfy. It’s not an opportunity to show off, but to relax and get yourself in the mood for the weekend. Don’t waste the one opportunity you have to be comfy on an outfit risk that could leave you miserable.
Don’t Trial Your New Pair of Shoes on Shift
Do not, I repeat, do not wear new shoes to a shift at work. Even if they look like innocent Primark flats they could end up digging into your heels by the end of the day. I’d use the same advice I gave earlier in the post about trialling your suit and apply that to trialling your shoes. Comfy shoes can make a good day into a horrendous one. Make sure you’ve broken them in slightly before working a shift in them.
Typically in an office setting you have the choice of flats, heels or boots. I would say 9/10 women opt for heels, not necessarily stilettos but a smart heel. I’ve always been a fan of court heels and (dare I say it?), kitten heels are a good way to go if you’re on your feet a lot. It may be a requirement that you wear heels to work, so make sure you check before your first day! I’d advise wherever possible, wear what is comfy for you. I love wearing boots and would wear comfy flats everyday to work if I could.
Do you have an office dress code? Do you have any embarrassing stories of people not sticking to it? Let me know down below!
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