The first article gave you tips on how to dress to get the job. Here is another post giving you tips on how to keep the job and make your way up the company ladder.
Congratulations! Your professional appearance left a good impression and you have landed the job. Now we can look at the employee onboarding phase. This is an excellent time to learn more about the company dress code by observing your peers. You can relax a bit and dress to fit into the atmosphere of the office.
A little common sense goes a long way during this phase. If your position has you climbing ladders in a law library to retrieve reference books, either lengthen the skirt or switch to appropriate slacks. For a casual business look—keep the tailored style, but lose the jacket at the office. You may need a blazer or jacket for special introductions or meetings.
Armed with the company dress code and your mental notes, it’s time to go shopping. Use these five tips to keep you on target.
- Business attire usually requires collared shirts. Scooped necklines should be within two inches (about three fingers) of the collarbone.
- Avoid animal prints and loud colors.
- Fashionable does not mean expensive.
- Limit jewelry to one or two signature pieces.
- Avoid tight, form hugging styles.
Ask where co-workers shop if you like their style; however, be realistic. Your personal shape, height and size will dictate some fashion choices. Everyone looks and feels more confident wearing clothing that fits properly. Consider having your garments tailored for a professional appearance.
Danielle is a full-fledged, no apologies, into-the-trenches thrift store warrior. When she isn’t scouting out her next hot find; she blogs for Sears and other brands she uses. She’s found everything from jumpsuits to grass skirts to a wedding dress and gotten the old lady smell out of all of them. Read her fashionably thrifty musings on beltsandbangles.com.