How to dress in the first weeks on the job

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    1. When to start buying work clothes for the new job
    2. Wear variations of your interview outfit
    3. Identify the key items of the office’s style
    4. Wrapping up


When to start buying work clothes for the new job

You successfully mastered the interview dress challenges for a job in a corporate or conservative, or creative job field. You made the cut and got the job – congratulations. Don’t buy a whole new wardrobe just yet – prior to completing your first two weeks on the new job! You may end up with a closet full of items you’ll never wear.

over 50 years old woman with a hat appropriate to wear to work

midlife stylist looking professional in a loden coat with hat
Burberry motorcycle coat with GNW tights, 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, booties and hat (all own)

Wear variations of your interview outfit

Instead wear your trusted classic items in outfits that are a little down dressed version of what you wore at the interview. That outfit passed their dress code once, i.e. it was a winner. Thus, you cannot be wrong with variations of it.

Identify the key items of the office’s style

In the first two weeks, watch what your most stylish and most successful colleagues are wearing as well as what your boss wears. Identify their key items by answering these questions.

  1. Is there a dress code, and how close is it followed?
  2. Is this a dress, pants, pants or skirt suit, or skirt place?
  3. Is there and if yes, what is the Casual Friday culture or dress code?
  4. What are the brands and fabrics that are “it” among colleagues at same rank or one rank up?
  5. What are the key items of what is worn that will work with your style?

Chinese professional woman in work appropriate shirt, skirt, pearl studs
Use the answers to these questions as a guide to start shopping for your new work wardrobe. Start with what is missing in your “interview suitable” wardrobe to transfer into a work wardrobe for the new job and work from there. You may also like to take some hints form this post on how to have non-boring corporate style.

fashion blogger featuring a professional winter office outfit with sheath dress
GNW Luxe sweater under GAP sheath dress with GNW tights, 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, pendant necklace and booties (all own)

Wrapping up

Good luck with your new job and congratulations once more. Dress for Success means also not to threaten you boss. Thus, wear for the job you want may be not the best advice, if you dress for your first day on the job. A downdressed version of the boss’ look (when she is female) is a safe approach. But
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so why not you? Also remember why it’s always better to be over- than underdressed.

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