Congratulations! You're on track to nab the job of your dreams, and while you're confident that your work experience and references speak for themselves, you're a little shaky on whether your first-day outfit makes the right statement. Don't cower before your closet; just follow our tips for nailing the office dress code.
Take Copious Interview Notes
Even before you walk through the door on your first day, think back to your interview. Hopefully you took note of what your interviewers were wearing! Were jeans prevalent, or did you see a predominant mix of khakis and pencil skirts? Focus particularly on your new team members, since your clothing should more or less reflect your team's vibe, but it doesn't hurt to pay attention to other people you met with, like HR contacts, or even the general dress code around the office.
Follow the Leader
Pay close attention to what your manager (and her manager) wears. Your wardrobe should reflect your team and department but also state your desire to advance and eventually lead. While you don't have to copy your hirer's power pantsuit motif verbatim, your choice in attire should be aspirational and point you toward the next level. And on casual Fridays, it helps to keep it classy until you see for yourself whether she's laid back in ripped cutoffs or snappy in pressed bermudas. For more tips, just keep reading.