Getting a new job is such an exciting time that is full of different emotions. Of course, you're pumped and looking forward to getting to know your new workplace and colleagues. Also, you're probably nervous and want to make a good first impression on your first day of work. In fact, according to recent studies, it takes only seven seconds for another person to make an initial impression of you. Making a great first impression is easier when you feel confident about what you're wearing. The rest is about how you sound. Needless to say, wearing the right clothing is going to count for much of the way you communicate who you are and what you stand for. Here are the top four outfits for your first day on the job.
You may have defaulted to a formal black dress or men's suit for your job interview, but now that you're in the company, you can blend in with your coworkers. When you're fitting into somewhere new, it can be tough to figure out the dress code. However, one way to learn how to dress is to look around you before or after the interview and see what the other employees are wearing. If you see a lot of jeans and casual tops, you can approach your wardrobe with a more relaxed mindset. You can even ask your future boss about the dress code to be absolutely sure what is expected. Once you know, it's time to check out your closet and see if you need to grab a few more work wardrobe staples.
In the fall and winter, your coat is the first thing people will see when you arrive to work in the morning. While your varsity college sports jacket may be fun, but it might not be a good fit for your current workplace. What you wear over your professional clothes matters just as much as what you'll wear indoors. Investing in a good winter coat will do you endless favors, especially when it's built to last a lifetime. When you wear a good quality coat, people will take notice, and you can enjoy top quality weather protection. Enjoy season after season of faithful wear when you select a classic style like a double-breasted peacoat or single-breasted wool coat.
If you have a job that calls for business casual, you have many options. On the days when you want to take it up a notch without having to match a top and bottom, a wear-to-work dress fits the occasion. Wear a dress that hits slightly above the knee or below to look professional. Tailored A-line dresses and loose dresses that tie at the waist look good on many people and offer an easy one-piece outfit— great for those mornings when assembling an entire outfit is difficult. Finish off this look with some hosiery and a pair of short-heeled shoes for a work-ready ensemble that's easy to put together.
If you work in an office, you can benefit from a few pairs of dependable dress pants in your work wardrobe. Skip the tedious ironing with a pair of no-iron pants for those mornings when you need to head out the door—and quickly! Selecting different colors, patterns, and materials will also diversify your wardrobe and expand your styling options. For example, a pair of mauve bloom wide-leg chinos can look so fun with a black belt and printed top. Black dress pants also pair well with a classic white button-up shirt. When you buy a good pair of dress pants, it will be tailored to fit smoothly and help you look your best.
If your job allows jeans every day or at least occasionally, then you'll love all the ways you can style these pants professionally. Tuck in a button-down shirt into a pair of straight-leg jeans and put on a pair of loafers for a relaxed and tidy look. Pick a few solid color jeans in black and grey for a little twist on the traditional dress pant. This is also a look that will take you from the office to your night off in a snap.
With these outfit ideas in mind, you can arrive at work on the first day wearing the perfect outfit to make a great impression.