Getting your first job is both exciting and nerve-racking. Here are some handy office style tips to take the stress out of what to wear so you have one less thing to worry about.
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Suss out the dress code
Before starting a new job, it's a good idea to find out what everyone else wears to work. Take note of your superior's attire during your interview process and also make a mental style note when you're being introduced to the people you'll be working with. If you're still not sure what the rules are, don't be afraid to ask your manager about the office dress code; that's far more professional than showing up on the first day in something inappropriate.
Buy classic staples
Jeans and T-shirts might have been your staple attire at uni but they won't cut it in the office. Forget fashion fads when starting up a work wardrobe, instead buy classic items that will last a few seasons. Look for classic tailoring such as pencil skirts, white button-down shirts, black pants, a classic-cut suit (women should think about buying a matching skirt and pants), black pumps and both sheer and opaque tights. These items will form a good base so you'll always have something to wear. Try to buy enough so that you can mix and match your items into five different outfits to get you through the working week.
Dig inside your wardrobe
Some of the items lurking inside your closet may be work-appropriate so have a fossick before you go shopping. Things like white shirts, cardigans, black pants, V-neck jumpers, skivvies and that tie you wore to your sister's wedding can all be worked back into your work wardrobe. Just make sure they're in good nick and spotlessly clean before wearing them to the office.
Guys, long dirty hair might have wooed the girls at the TAFE cafe but at work it could have you languishing at entry-level for eternity. Hair doesn't have to be short back and sides in the office but make sure you book in a trim before your first day and invest in some shampoo.
Nine to five shoes
If you're used to getting around in trainers, make sure you purchase some comfortable office-okay shoes. Girls who aren't used to wearing heels should opt for classic black pumps or wedges with around a 3cm heel to get them through an eight-hour day unscathed, while guys should look for minimal detail when buying their first pair of corporate shoes. Plain and black is a safe bet.
Fellas, if the last tie you wore was in high school, it's time to go shopping. Invest in at least three ties upfront and rotate them throughout the week; wearing the same tie every day is a dead giveaway that this is your first job. Choose ties that are around 8cm in width too wide and you could look like you're wearing your dad's. But be wary of buying very thin ties; skinny ties are much too streetwear for the office.
Dress above your title
Don't be afraid to look your best in the office. If you work hard and take pride in how you look, you'll be surprised how quickly you can move up the ranks.
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