One of my biggest challenges when I first started working was trying to figure out what’s work appropriate versus just another college kid look. You want a look that’s classy and fits nicely. At the same time, you want to look nice and in style and not like you’re borrowing your mom’s work wear unless your mom has some terrific classic work clothes.
One of the biggest investments you can make at the beginning of your corporate career is getting 2-3 suits, some nice dress tops, and 2-3 pairs of heels or flats. Please make sure that your suits fit properly and appropriately. If it’s too tight that you’re starting to show panty lines, you might want to consider moving a size up or trying a different style of pants.
Your look reflects your personal brand and in corporate America, having that confident clean look will help aid in your future success.
Keep in mind that your look will vary depending on the geographic location and industry that you work in. If you’re on the West Coast, it might be ok to just go with dress pants and a nice dress top whereas if you’re on the East Coast, you might need to go with the full suit.
In terms of skirts and dresses, no plunging necklines and make sure that the hem of your skirt/dress falls below your hands otherwise, you might want to consider wearing a longer skirt/dress.
As a female auditor of tech companies, my usual look includes a pair of nice black dress pants, some cute flats, and a nice dress top. However, if I were to work at a tech company or a startup, I would probably be wearing jeans instead.
For some great ideas of how to dress for the workplace, I recommend looking at these blogs.
All of these bloggers have a great sense of style for the workplace and provide that much needed inspiration when I feel like I’m in a fashion rut and want to expand my work wardrobe.
Hope this helps!