Young men who are entering the adult professional workforce for the first time sometimes have difficulty figuring out how to dress. In addition to dressing appropriately for the job at hand, a new employee has to choose clothing in accordance with his age and rank.
Overdressing for the job can actually reflect as poorly upon the young man as dressing sloppily does. It makes him look arrogant or as if he is above his peers. Respecting one's rank is an important part of corporate culture.
What to Avoid
T-shirts should never be worn to work. Jeans are unacceptable as well. Studies show that those who exude success are often rewarded with it. An employee who hopes to rise up through the company ranks should not appear to take his employment for granted.
How to Dress for a New Job
Hopefully the employee took a good look around the office during his interview. This is the best way to get a glimpse into the company's unique culture. He should do his best to approximate the best-dressed person of his age that is already employed there. If he was unable to sufficiently observe his future coworkers he should err on the side of simplicity by wearing a plain button-down shirt with a pair of black slacks.
A sweater vest may be worn over the shirt and can be removed if deemed inappropriate. A casual blazer can also add formality to a simple outfit. Ties are no longer strictly necessary for young employees but it never hurts to wear one.
Shopping on a Budget
Sticking with plain black slacks allows one to get by on two or three pairs of pants until more can be purchased. Each pair can be worn a few times in between washes as long as they have not gotten dirty.
A week's worth of button-down shirts in various pale colors will not make co-workers think that the new employee is always wearing the same clothes. Sweater vests and blazers can be added in rotations to further create the illusion of having a wardrobe full of work-friendly clothing.
Shoes cannot be overlooked. A recent study proves that people can make accurate judgments about others just by looking at their shoes. One high-quality pair of loafers made out of black or brown leather will convey the proper impression to employers and co-workers.
Written by Lisa – Lisa has many years’ experience as a freelance writer of fashion and trends and is currently representing APL Clothing a UK supplier of quality corporate clothing and work wear.