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Starting new job, business professional dress code

Shaunm88

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Great work on getting the job. Remember this. You will be around people that have built their wardrobe over many years and will make the same mistakes you will.

I think you are doing great. My only feedback

Keep it simple.

Its amazing how two suits, one navy that you own and a darker grey can get you through everything. Keep your shirts simple. White and blue. The ties are cheaper to get and as long as they are simple you can swap out. I once worked with a guy in a similar situation to you. A year later he confessed the first four months he wore the same suit and only had two shirts one being white the other plain blue. He said he picked up plenty of ties and would interchange them and no one noticed. Someone who started the same time got check shirts and we all knew his blue one was his favourite and would wear it two or three times a week.

Keep it simple. Like shoes, one black pair one plain dark brown Chelsea.

Once comfortable then you can learn what the office is like and what your style is.
 

alv0064

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Great work on getting the job. Remember this. You will be around people that have built their wardrobe over many years and will make the same mistakes you will.

I think you are doing great. My only feedback

Keep it simple.

Its amazing how two suits, one navy that you own and a darker grey can get you through everything. Keep your shirts simple. White and blue. The ties are cheaper to get and as long as they are simple you can swap out. I once worked with a guy in a similar situation to you. A year later he confessed the first four months he wore the same suit and only had two shirts one being white the other plain blue. He said he picked up plenty of ties and would interchange them and no one noticed. Someone who started the same time got check shirts and we all knew his blue one was his favourite and would wear it two or three times a week.

Keep it simple. Like shoes, one black pair one plain dark brown Chelsea.

Once comfortable then you can learn what the office is like and what your style is.
Great. Thanks for the guidance, definitely plan keeping it simple.

I’m having to get use to wearing ties, I never particularily liked wearing them before. But now that I guess I’m going to be wearing it everyday, I am going to have to get use to it.

same with the hair, it is such a jarring change going from my typical rocker look to clean cut, professional haha. But like others have pointed out, it just needs to be done.
 

alv0064

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Well...as an update: I started on Monday.

Got a charcoal suit and so I’m alternating that and the navy. I have enough shirts and ties to vary it up throughout the week. Bit the bullet and got a haircut, told the barber the situation, so we cut it off the ears, and off the collar with a taper. It was kind of jarring but I’ll get use to it. Overall looks better with the suit.

i was nervous starting because I’ve always hated wearing ties, lol, but by the end of the first day I kinda forgot I had it on.

got put on a team with a bunch of other fresh out of college grads, so alls well that ends well.
 

johng70

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Thanks for the follow-up post. Glad to hear things have started off well. It's a nice situation to be with a group of contemporaries rather than just being thrust into working with people that are 20 years older! Best of luck.
 

johnnymiz

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excellent. once you get used to it, suit and tie every day is very very easy to wear. simple conservative dress means that generally, you dont have to think much about how you mix and match suit/shirt/tie/shoe because everything should generally work with everything else.. if that makes sense.
blues and greys for suits.
blues and whites for shirts
simple dot or striped ties
all play well with each other so its no hardship to figure an outfit for the day.

over the course of the year, ,see if you cant budget to get 4 more nice suits so you can rest one each week. they will last longer that way.
same with shoes.. you want to build up to at least 3 pairs of shoes for work to rotate so they have a chance to dry out between wearings. they wear slower that way.
and remember,, quality costs more up front, but is cheaper in the long run
 

Shaunm88

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We all those first times where we feel out of place. Glad it went well.
 

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