Starting a new job can be exciting, but it can also be stressful when you have to figure out what to wear. You don’t want to underdress, as it might make your colleagues think you don’t take the job seriously. But you also don’t want to overdress and make yourself stick out like a sore thumb. The solution is to upgrade your current work wardrobe with some key pieces that will allow you to dress for success in your chosen professional environment. So, keeping that in mind, follow these great tips.
Dress appropriately for the job.
Dress is part of your overall presentation, and, even though you might not think about it much during a typical day at work, clothing does have an impact on others’ perceptions of you. For example, if you recently got your ECE associates degree, your future job will probably be working with children. Teachers in early childhood education jobs with small children want to look approachable and fun. You don’t have to wear khakis every day to pull that off, but please don’t dress like you’re at a trendy club or headed out on a Friday night. Not only that, but as an early education teacher, you’ll be on your feet and moving around a lot. Your job will involve a lot of hands-on activities with preschoolers. Therefore, it’s important to wear clothes you’re comfortable in and not afraid to get dirty.
Buy the perfect pair of jeans.
If you can splurge on only one item, make it a perfect pair of pull up jeans for women. They’ll become your new go-to pants when you need to look put together in a flash. And they’re just versatile enough that you’ll feel comfortable wearing them every day. While jeans weren’t always appropriate work attire, nowadays, almost everyone wears them. You can dress them up with a nice top and jacket or dress them down with a T-shirt and sneakers. Whatever look you’re going for in whatever profession you’re in, pull-up jeans are the perfect staple for your new wardrobe.
Show your personality.
While you may need to change things up to make your look more work-appropriate, there’s no need to be somebody you’re not. In order to show your personality at work, you don’t need to wear something completely outlandish, but it helps to include some unique elements in your wardrobe. For example, if you have an office job where only dark suits are permitted, consider wearing one with bold patterns and vibrant colors. There’s no harm in trying something different. Besides, even most prospective employers love people who stand out from the crowd. The key is not to come off as too strange or disruptive. Just pay attention to what makes sense and try it out. Additionally, you can add personality with accessories, even if you have a boring dress code. A fun necklace or quirky earrings can spice up an outfit without breaking any rules.
Know when to shop.
Don’t waste your money on something you may not wear much. It depends on whether you have some key pieces already, like a good pair of versatile pants, a pair of jeans, and some various accessories. If you don’t have a few good staple pieces, then it makes sense to splurge. But if you don’t need something right away and can get by with some basics, then look at buying good staples that will last and use good fabrics (instead of fashion fabrics) so they won’t fall apart easily. Also, consider shopping seasonally. Buying clothes when they’re on sale and off-season is one of the easiest ways to save money.
With these tips, you’re sure to dress to impress when you show up to start your new job.