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 items you’ll never wear.
Wear variation 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.
- Is there a dress code, and how close is it followed?
- Is this a dress, pants, pants or skirt suit, or skirt place?
- Is there and if yes, what is the Casual Friday culture or dress code?
- What are the brands and fabrics that are “it” among colleagues at same rank or one rank up?
- What are the key items of what is worn that will work with your style?
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.
Good luck with your new job and congratulations once more. Dress for Success.
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