Scoring that first job or internship is a huge accomplishment, so, first of all, congratulations! This is your first step towards a great career. However, before you become a high-powered executive, there are many miles to walk, and your first step starts with making a great first impression on your very first day.
We know that you’re experiencing first day jitters. You need to convince everyone you’re professional, motivated, quick, efficient and smart. To put it simply, you want to show you’re the best person for this position and that no one deserves it more than you. Every first impression begins with appearance, so not only do you have to prove that you are professional, you also have to look the part, and the proper office attire will help you achieve this. Getting ready for the first day can be nerve-wracking, but with a little help, you will pass this test with flying colors, so let’s start with the basics.
The 4 Fashion Rules of Your First Job or Internship
1. Do Your Homework
Before you dive into the corporate world, do some research and find out what the dress code of your future place of employment is. Some companies have a strict business dress code, while others allow business casual. This way you will avoid showing up to the office either under or overdressed. Your wish is to blend in, not stand out in a negative way.
2. Dress For The Job You Want
Investing in high-quality, high-fashion garments is one of the smartest things you can do. These types of items are far more than clothes. They are your gateway to a successful future, so this is no time to be overly frugal.
How you present yourself visually speaks volumes of who you are and who you strive to be. When you invest in timeless designer pieces, you are not simply wearing clothes. You are making a powerful statement and sending a message that will result in a fantastic lasting impression. Remember, dress for the job you want in five years, not the one you have now.
3. When in Doubt – Be Smart
Trends come and go, but smart attire is everlasting. If you’re feeling lost in your quest for the perfect outfit, you can never go wrong with a well-tailored pair of pants or a knee-length pencil skirt with a fitted blazer to match. Office attire doesn’t have to be dull. Spice up your outfit by choosing something in an interesting subtle checkered pattern or thin stripes.
As for shirts and blouses, the first lesson is to steer clear of synthetic fabrics. They aren’t breathable and don’t do you any favors in your attempts to look polished and sleek. Go for natural fabrics that allow you to move and enable your skin to breathe. This will not only result in a look that is stunning, but it will give you an additional confidence boost you definitely need.
As for the color palette, follow the style guidelines of minimalism and go monochromatic – choose from the fool-proof family of navy, white, beige and gray, and you will not go wrong.
4. Keep Your Personal Stamp
Even in a professional environment, there is still room for you to express your style personality, and this is where accessories come to play. When the rest of your outfit oozes elegance and moderation, a bold choice of color when it comes to your bag is welcome. You can rock a burnt-orange tote or a red handbag.
You should, however, avoid things like leopard print – all animal prints for that matter. Reserve these for your days and nights away from the office. Clutches should also stay out of the picture. They have no place in the workplace as they are not only unprofessional but also impractical for work purposes.
Finally, your choice of footwear should be a mixture of comfort and elegance. Sneakers are a definite no, as well as stilettos, which still leaves you with plenty of choices among which leather flats, loafers, and pumps with a block (or at least a thicker heel) are the best options.
The final pearls of wisdom are related to jewelry. Keep it minimal. For example, a golden locket or necklace is a refined and elegant choice, but seriously, steer clear of clunky “statement” pieces.
You are now ready for your first day (and, hopefully, each day thereafter!)! Step out the door armed with confidence. You are smart, ready, and now dressed to impress. Show them what you’re made of.
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