Choosing the Right Look
What to Wear?
Choosing the right look for your first day at the workplace can be difficult and picking out what to wear may become your primary concern after chugging a morning coffee. Most workplaces have some kind of dress code. Some dress codes are in-depth, lengthy affairs, while others are very casual. The first thing you should do is find out what type of dress code your work uses. For the sake of this article, we will assume your boss wants you to wear business attire. Even if your boss doesn't and uses a casual dress code; you should still dress for success on the first day by wearing business attire.
Takeaway: Whether you are male or female you should dress for success on your first day at a new job. Study the workplace dress code and discover what type of clothing (fashion) is required of you on a daily basis. Once you have done so, buy a new wardrobe accordingly, but still wear something formal for the first day on the job.
Male Business Attire
Matching is important
Picking out the right style for a formal dress code shouldn't be that difficult for men, but it often is because sometimes we lack the right color coordination. When you go to a store that sells formal business attire like: Men's Warehouse, Kohl's, Macy's, Sear's, or Jcpenny's it is important to pick out outfits that match. For example, you may want to pick out a black blazer, black business pants and a white dress shirt; the classic man in black look. You will also need to pick out a pair of dress shoes and a matching tie. First examine the dress shirt, are there any lines or designs on it? Is it plain or stripped? You will want to fit a tie to your shirt that matches and colors are important. If your dress shirt has horizontal lines you will want a tie that doesn't clash with it. My recommendation if you lack coordination, go for a plain dress shirt and a standard red tie. Lastly, you will want to look for shoes, the best bet is to pick out a pair of standard black tie up dress shoes.
Your first outfit is done now all you need to do is make sure that you are well groomed for your first day. Some important tips to consider. Make sure you wash your hair, use conditioner, and then gel it. Nothing can beat good hair on the first day of the job and the last thing you want is your hair looking like a bird's nest. Make sure your nails are clipped and they aren't dirty this is especially important if you do a lot of outdoor housework and dirt may sometimes get under your nails. So clip them and clean them with soap. Finally pick out a type of deoderant to use on your pits and some kind of cologne. My personal favorite is a brand called Twilight and it will be sure to impress your co-workers.
Female Business Attire
Women often have a leg up on men when it comes to fashion and that is a good thing. Fashion sense for women is important and this section will help ladies pick out what to wear on the first day of work. It is crucial to remember, like with men, that dressing for success is important and providing a good image on the first day of work will go a long way to help your career at your work place. On your first day of work you will want to wear formal business attire and your attire needs to be appropriate for the job. The most important thing you can do is pick out an outfit that matches the dress code. Your business attire should be conservative on the first day of work and these colors include: black (like with my advice for men), navy blue, and grey.
Additionally, like my advice for men in the male section, wear a two piece suit. This is important, maybe more important for ladies, because with men it is expected that they will wear a suit to work with formal business attire regulations. Ladies have more choices when they pick out their work clothes, but for your first day you should wear a two piece suit with traditional or conservative colors. You do not want to come across as flashy or wearing something that is more important for a night out on the town. If you choose to wear a skirt, remember to measure the length of your skirt so that it isn't too far above your knee.
When picking out an outfit from a clothing store like: Macy's, Jcpenny's, Sear's, New York and Company or any other clothing store you go too, you should get a two piece business formal outfit. Choosing either a skirt or business pants is fine, but remember to measure if you choose a skirt.
Lastly, general hygene is just as important for females as it is for males. You should make sure to do your nails, paint and clip, and curl your hair for the first day at work. Use proper female deoderants and shampoo as well.
The tips that I have outlined above are general fashion, hygene, and style tips you should employ for your first day on the job. It is important that you always wear the appropriate clothing for your workplace. Do not confuse fun outfits or fashion with proper attire for the workplace as this can get you into trouble. Picking out a good outfit, style, or fashion is just as important as practicing the proper hygene. People will start to notice if you are not practicing it and the worst thing that can happen is that you get a reputation for having body odor. Finally, remember to check the regulations for your workplace and see what you can and can't wear. Some jobs, do not have a business formal clothing regulation and let you wear casual clothes. If this is the case then you should follow it, but try to start off on the right foot by dressing up for your first day. It will impress your boss and in business the best rule is to always impress your boss. They are the ones who pay you after all.
Good luck and have a great first day on the job!