So, you finished highschool and went on to study at a top university, where you learnt the ins and outs of how businesses run. You felt quite prepared for the working world by the time you landed your first job, right? But what do you wear to the office on your first day?
So, you finished highschool and went on to study at a top university, where you learnt the ins and outs of how businesses run. You felt quite prepared for the working world by the time you landed your first job, right? But what do you wear to the office on your first day? In fact, what do you wear to the office on anyday? The one thing that no amount of formal education can bring you, yet one of the most important aspects to consider once you enter the working world, is what constitutes acceptable office attire. Afterall, the first impression you make will be a lasting one. Fear not, because we’ve put together a few guidelines for those looking to distinguish between what is and what is not appropriate to wear to the office.
Consider the industry
The kind of office you work in is key to figuring out what you should and shouldn’t wear. For example, if you work in a more corporate setting such as public relations, accounting or law, you need to look as professional as possible. If this applies to you, invest in some crisp shirts, ties, pencil skirts or formal pants, as well as a suit for those days when you have big meetings or presentations. On the other hand, if you work in a more relaxed environment, like in a design or photography studio, you could probably get away with wearing something more casual.
One of the best ways to get an idea of what attire is acceptable in the workplace is to look at everyone else in the office. Try and remember to take note of what everyone is wearing around you before your first day on the job. A good time would be to take notice of what people are wearing when you go for your interview – that way, you can be more than prepared for when you start. For example, if the person interviewing you is wearing a pair of skinny jeans and a blazer, then you know that wearing smart/casual outfits is probably a safe option.
Your clothing will help form people’s perceptions of you, so use this to your advantage and be mindful of your choices. For example, don’t wear clothing that is too tight, too short or too revealing, and yes, this applies to both males and females. Afterall, regardless of what your job title may be, a sense of professionalism should always be maintained if you want your colleagues and clients to take you seriously and treat you with respect.
Of course, there are no set rules for what you should and shouldn’t wear in a work environment, but there are certainly guidelines to be observed. Consider the industry you work in, make sure your clothing choices fit in with that of those around you and be mindful of what your clothing says about you. At the same time though, don’t be afraid to add your own personal flair to whatever you wear wherever you can. Be yourself and wear your clothing with pride and confidence – it will shine through.
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