Unless you are a serial job-changer, the first day of work will always brings along with it a brand new set of “back-to-school” jitters. It’s a new environment and no matter what they say, no two offices are the same. Until you ease into your new habitat, you’ll always be second-guessing your sartorial choices for at least the first week. In order to rid you of this anxiety, we decided to enlist some expert help via Sandeep Gonsalves, one half of the duo that comprises SS Homme. Here’s his list of foolproof fallback options that pass most corporate dress codes.
The first day of work has a huge stake in building an image. We urge you stick to classics like a well-tailored suit in charcoal or navy.
Unless your dress code brinks on smart-casuals, you want to stick to a stiff-collared shirt in dependable colours like blue or grey. Add collar-stays to look professional. Women obviously have more liberty but I’d still recommend playing it safe on the first day.
It is always wise to pick a pair of classic sharply-cut trousers in black or navy. Added details like pinstripes work too. Make sure the trousers are tailored to perfection.
This make or break an outfit. Always stick to closed-toed court shoes in low heels to strike the right balance between looking professional and staying comfortable through the day.
Keep accessories and jewellery on the down-low on the first day. Stick to ties in solid hues and barely-there jewellery. Avoid pocket-squares unless you own the company.