This week, I started a new role for work. New city and a new job all in 1 month, eh? Not too shabby. Your 1st day can always be a bit nerve-wracking. Of course, the hardest part being what to wear. :)
The last time I started at a tech company, I wore a suit jacket and slacks on my 1st day. Two hours in, I was told never to wear that again. So this time around, I knew better. ANDDD….since I wore jeans to my interview, I figured denim on my 1st day was the way to go.
But why not put on just some jeans, a t-shirt, and some sneakers? The stereotypical start-up uniform that so many companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon have adopted? Well, that doesn’t make an impression, kids.
And the 1st one is everything.
So with that, I wore my favorite short-sleeve button down (to keep it more casual), my go-to slim jeans, tied up a bow tie, and paired it with some Cole Haans to up the ante. I’ve always loved mixing polka-dots with stripes, so the juxtaposition that my bowtie had with my shirt was perfect. For complete outfit details, see below. [Style note - if you wear jeans often to work, make sure the color of your work bag is NOT blue. Go for another color like this green one that will contrast with your blues. The leather hardware is a great touch that will make the bag a little more versatile from work to weekend.]
On the afternoon of my 1st day, one of my new co-workers posted a company wide message commenting on my style.
Mission accomplished, if I say so myself. :)
Remember friends: Always make your FIRST impression one they’ll remember on your LAST day.
Stay fab, and stay conVINCEd.