BUSINESS

What you should wear on the first day of a new job

Ashley Alt
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Ashley Alt

They say you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Unless you’re the CEO of Google, my guess is you’re still aiming for your dream job, and you need to dress accordingly.

You’ve made it through the emotional, nerve-wracking phase of landing a new job, and it’s time to get serious about your new and improved appearance. On the first day, you will want to stand out at the office in a good, non-showy way. The style standard for beginning a new professional endeavor used to be “play it safe.” Those boring days are thankfully over, and it is now encouraged to still embrace who you are, but tailor it to your industry.

Whether you’re vying for a more serious role, or want to be known as the fun and outgoing associate, it will take time to feel fully comfortable (in your skin and in your new cubicle). But for the first day on the job, it is crucial to set the standard for yourself, and your colleagues, to be perceived as confident and unique.

No matter your industry, I’ve got you covered for making an unforgettable first impression for your first day of work.

What you should wear on the first day of a new job

CORPORATE:  A fitted dress and an intimidating pair of pumps scream “business mogul.” Some style icons to embody are Sheryl Sandberg, Victoria Beckham and Lori Greiner. Throw on a fitted blazer to complete your sharp, sophisticated look. Start prepping for your days as the future Miranda Priestly with sleek and chic black everything.

What you should wear on the first day of a new job

ARTS:  Working in a creative field is a great opportunity to mix patterns and textiles. As a visually-minded person, this should be a cakewalk for you. Think printed, boxy tops and pinstripe trousers. Sporting bright colors and fun makeup is actually crucial to your work productivity, as it provides innovative ideas to further your creative successes.

What you should wear on the first day of a new job

EDUCATION:  A denim midi skirt and casual striped shirt are perfect for the classroom. Whether you’re giving a college lecture or chasing down little tykes on the playground, this casually cool ensemble deems you approachable. Add a pair of heightened mules and cat-eye glasses to prove your authority to the senior class, or stick to flats and a fresh face if you have a younger crowd to corral.

What you should wear on the first day of a new job

FASHION:  The fashion industry can be a bit tricky as you want to stand out and fit in at the same time. Sticking with neutral colors but playing up one or two features (think over-exaggerated flare trousers or voluminous bell sleeves) is the secret. Another simple, yet powerful, accessory to play with is a skinny neck scarf. Add bold arm bangles or statement block heels to break up your monochromatic blouse and skirt, pulling together a killer fashion ensemble.

What you should wear on the first day of a new job

MEDICINE:  A printed wrap dress will always look great under a crisp, white lab coat. Colored slingback pumps (pink or red are good options) pair nicely with a classic black and white dress, and allow you to examine patients during your double shift with ease.

What you should wear on the first day of a new job

TECH:  When you’re coding at your desk for hours, you need to stay comfortable. In a casual environment like the tech industry, a great pair of fitted jeans and a camel blazer are the perfect balance of relaxed and professional. Lock in ultimate comfort with a pair of sleek loafers.

So, with all of this is mind, put away that stiff pantsuit you wore to your interview and get style ready for your latest gig. Being known for a signature style will label you as an expert in your field, but it’s your job to discover what that is.