Dress For the Job You Want

Dress For the Job You Want

It’s a dated expression, dress for the job you want, but it still holds value today. If you’ve just landed your first professional position after having completed college, congratulations are in order! It’s time to ditch the sweatpants and flannel shirts and begin investing in a professional wardrobe. Follow these recommendations from professional stylists for building your professional wardrobe.

The most important things to wear to the office everyday are a genuine smile and quiet self-confidence. Presumably you interviewed with the hiring manager onsite and were able to get a feel for the company dress culture. If the dress code is business casual, be very careful not to underdress. Business casual is still a clean, polish and professional look.  Take a critical look at your hairstyle and makeup regime.  It might be necessary to pay a visit to your hair dresser for a more polished hairstyle and toned down make-up application.  Follow the suggestions from the experts.

Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupon and spend time at LOFT where there’s a terrific selection of value priced professional ensembles.  Invest in the basics first. A well-tailored jacket in a dark, solid color along with quality black trousers or a black skirt should be the anchors of your professional wardrobe. Don’t skimp on quality. Avoid loud colors and overly busy prints. After securing the basic wardrobe pieces, consider adding accessories to define your personal style. With accessories, less is always more. A nice scarf or necklaces can always be a way to express your personal style while still maintaining a polished, professional look.

Finally, invest in a briefcase of shoulder bag large enough to carry a laptop and file folders. While backpacks have become increasingly popular in the workplace, avoid the temptation to use your ratty backpack that has been schlepped around campus for years. Tone down your smartphone case and laptop sleeve if they are more reflective of your time in college than the position you’re now holding in the office. Following these simple steps will ensure that your coworkers take you seriously. Best of luck to you in your new position.

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