Author: Christina Puleo Published: August 2022

Workplace attire can be confusing when you start a new job. You may be asking yourself, “What’s allowed under our dress code?” or, “Is there even a dress code at all?” Whatever the case may be, here are some tips to navigate your wardrobe during those early days.

Neutrals & Pops of Color

Neutral shades aren’t the only ones you can wear to the office. Slowly incorporate color into your routine. You could start with black pants and a black shirt, followed by a colorful blazer or cardigan. Or you could reverse that and wear a patterned button-up with a neutral jacket.

You can also try switching it up with some fun flats or dress shoes. Whether it be different blazer lengths or a color you’ve never worn before, find what feels comfortable to you.

Accessories & Statement Pieces

There are tons of ways to add a personal touch to any outfit. Many people like to wear pins on their lapels, ranging from quirky designs to symbols that represent causes they care about. Don’t have a lapel? Try adding your favorite pins to a messenger bag or purse. Cross-body bags are a must-have for an employee on the go!

If you like to wear jewelry, statement necklaces give outfits a focal point. Earrings offer an even wider range of styles and sizes, making it easier to find what you like. Rings are also a subtle way to dress up. Watches can match most clothing, too, by simply changing the wrist strap.

Mix and match accessories until you feel ready to tackle the day with your new style.

Always Remember That…

You are allowed to express your gender identity and sexual orientation. Some companies may have strict dress codes, but there is a difference between following the rules and discriminating against an employee. You are protected by the law, so do not be afraid to advocate for yourself!

If you’re still unsure about the office dress code, a quick discussion with your supervisor should clear things up. Always ask questions and do what you think is right for you. But most importantly, have fun with your wardrobe. When you feel your best, you perform your best.