Post # 1
Yesterday afternoon I was offered a new job which I quickly accepted – I’ve been unemployed for the past month due to a relocation becasue FI was promoted.
Anyway – what should I wear? It’s HR in the home office of a national retailer. They are pretty casual (during my interviews I saw women in tank maxi dresses and flip flops, people in jeans and sneakers, etc), but HR tends to be a little more businessy than other areas (in my experience). I interviewed with two women wearing sweater dresses and boots/heels, one woman wearing slacks and a blouse, and a guy wearing khakis and a casual button-up. I want to look like I understand office culture, but I also want to make a good first impression.
Post # 3
@StL.Ashley: Dress the way they did! Sweater dresses and boots sounds cute, slacks and a blouse is good too! When I get offered a job I usually go with an outfit similar to the interviewer until I get an idea of what’s appropriate. I usually go with a pencil skirt, blouse, heels.
Post # 4
I’m struggling with this, too. I start a new job on the 21st and I have no idea what to wear. I don’t want to go with a suit and be overdressed and uncomfortable (because I’d have to wear heels). Guess I’ll scope out what the HR department is wearing and ask them on Thursday.
Post # 6
It is better to be overdressed than under dressed. I would wear dress pants, button up shirt and maybe a cardigan (depending on how warm it is) and closed toed shoes. I would NOT wear a sweater dress/boots the first day of work your first day. Wait until you have a better feel for the office culture
(FYI on my comment in that regards- there is a woman in my dept that WAY underdresses and makes her look really unprofessional to everyone else. This might be the case of the women that were wearing sweater dress/boots…)
Post # 7
How about dress pants and a nice blouse; pencil skirt with cardigan and button up shirt or other blouse; sweater and skirt.
That’s basically a run down of what I wear everyday. Our office is business casual but tends to be a bit more on the casual side. For the first week or two it’s okay to be a bit overdressed and lean towards conservative choices just until you get a good feel fpr the place.
Post # 8
Dress pants and a cute shirt would be perfect I think!