Many companies don’t have a strict dress code for employees.
Having said that, it doesn’t mean that you can wear whatever you want to work, especially on your first day.
Whether you are an intern or ready to start your career with the company, how you dress to work makes an impression.
And you really don’t want to mess that up.
Stylist Andreas Rose says that in some cases, an inappropriate wardrobe choice can even call into question their commitment to work.
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“You’ll get an idea during the job interview what the company’s dress code is,” says Rose.
A glance at the company’s website may also help.
Colour or no colour?
“Dress yourself as simply and as un-colourful as possible,” says Rose, especially if it is your first day.
You may be viewed as a newbie in a new place and showing up overly colourful may not be helpful.
Rose recommends choosing a muted wardrobe as a sign that you are ready to integrate.
Grey, blue and brown are the colours of choice in this case, but not black.
Don’t show up in black
“For me, black symbolises power and dominance,” says Rose.
Therefore, black is not suitable for someone in the position of an apprentice.
But what if your coworkers dress stylishly? Should you follow?
Well, that depends on what the type of work is.
In the world of cosmetics and fashion, it’s possible that a business will provide a dress code or even a uniform.
Otherwise, Rose believes there are clear no-nos.
“Do not do anything to highlight the hips, bottom or cleavage.”
Skirts should be no shorter than the width of the palm of one hand above the knee, and shoulders should always be covered.
“Just how much I match my colleagues’ style depends on my own personality. Perhaps I’m aiming to achieve a very reserved look in the beginning,” says Rose.
“Definitely do not wear a belly top to work,” says the stylist.
Trendy cutouts or pants with holes should also not be worn in the workplace.
What about makeup?
Although it’s important to take care of your appearance at work, Rose advises against wearing too much makeup.
“It’s best to pick natural tones,” he says.
Rose also recommends highlighting the eyes rather than the lips.
A deep red lipstick will send the wrong signal.
And the fingernails?
An employer may ask for fingernails to be kept short for safety or hygiene reasons.
Rose recommends that women should have short nails and not use eye-catching varnish.
“Those types of fingernails always signal for me a desire not to work.”
Customers don’t like to be dealt with by cosmeticians with long fingernails.
And the hair?
When it comes to hair, an employer may ask for it to be tied back for reasons of hygiene.
A good outfit can quickly lead to success with customers.
Find a good set of attire and some well-chosen accessories.
“Definitely place emphasis on value. That’s a sign, for me, of professional competence,” says Rose.
You don’t need to have a big budget for clothing.
Rose recommends designing your wardrobe around the modular system of a certain brand.
For example, you may want to get a skirt that matches more than one blouse or shirt.
Another example would be a nice blazer that can be worn with either a skirt or pants.
The trick is, when one piece of clothing wears out, you can easily replace it without having to get a completely new outfit.