YAS, it’s official! You’re starting your first week of work and make that cash money. If you’re freaking out about what to wear to your first week of work, chill. When it comes to looking flawless like Beyonce in the office, putting together an #ootd can take some time.
There are a few essentials when grabbing a Monday through Friday first week of work style. We want to look classy, show off personality, all while staying comfortable af. We also want dope outfits that represent our style. Every office’s dress policy is different, so be sure to get that down, first!
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Still struggling on what to wear your first week of work? Take some cues from the experts based on their career path.
Kyle Anderson, market and accessories director at Marie Claire:
Kyle Anderson recommends staying on the more conservative side even when temperatures go up. If you’re wearing something sleeveless, “look at the amount of fabric on the shoulder area and stick to a rule” (i.e. make sure you’re not wearing a spaghetti strap top or dress). For bottoms, culottes might be an appropriate and stylish option. “It looks more like a skirt, but it is pants so it’s a little bit more covering,” Anderson says. And as for shoes, he recommends close-toed pumps or pointy-toed flats.
“I think that the one time that you might have to put at least some of your personal style aside is the interview,” he says. As Anderson explains, you don’t want someone to “be turned off by something that they see as a trend that they don’t like.”
Sade Strehlke, digital features editor at Teen Vogue:
“The key is comfort,” says Sade Strehlke. “You should wear something that you’re comfortable in because leaving one job to interview at another will most likely make you sweat.” She suggests a sleeveless or short-sleeved dress, and a blazer folded neatly over the bag or arm to reduce crease. Alternatively, she recommends sleeveless silk blouses, which you can get at stores like Zara and H&M. And for shoes, Strehlke suggests an easy pump or even a little chunky-heel sandal. “Zara always has great chunky heel sandals in metallic colors, which are always on trend,” she says. Lastly, carry some powder or blotting paper to minimize shine.
Cindy Krupp, founder of Krupp Group:
“I think there’s an appropriateness to conservative, but I don’t want someone coming into my office in a black suit [or] skirt suit,” says Cindy Krupp. “When someone comes into my office and they look like they could be interviewing for a law firm, I’m so turned off.” For the summer, Krupp suggests a cute dress, or a great skirt with a stylish top and necklace. For boys, she recommends a polo or a button down, possibly paired with khaki shorts. (“I wouldn’t be offended by an appropriate pair of khaki shorts if the gentleman was wearing a button down and a cute tie.”)
Skintight, super short or floppy is never acceptable, and in terms of makeup, she suggests “fresh, light, clean.” Also, don’t wear a ton of perfume or cologne. “It makes me cringe,” she says. “It’s amazing to me that people come in and I’m like, I can’t even breathe in this interview.” Krupp also agrees that accessories are a great way to demonstrate personal style. “With fast fashion being so strong today, you can pull off a great look at a minimal cost, but you have to have an eye and a flare to do it.”
Roopal Patel, senior vice president, fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue:
According to Roopal Patel, it’s really “all about the detail” and the presentation. “When a candidate’s outfit is pressed and their shoes are polished, it says a lot about their approach to their professional work,” says Patel over email. “An outfit that is put together well translates into how the applicant will represent Saks.” Demonstrating personal style is encouraged (it’s “a great conversation piece”), but make sure that your attire is appropriate for a professional setting. “If you question whether or not the piece may be better suited for a garden or beach party, I suggest not wearing it to an interview,” she says.
Written by: Gemma Kim for Fashionista