Starting a new job can be an exciting change in your life that may create new opportunities for you. Should you use this transition to change your look or stay true to the style you’ve developed? You might be tempted to stick with what you know, but a new job is the perfect time to reassess your appearance.

Before digging out your old office attire, consider what you might be missing out on by not updating your style. You could be heading toward a blunder, closing the door on possibilities, or costing yourself future opportunities. Consider these factors before you settle on what you’ll wear to that new job.

The Dress Code

When planning your attire for any new job, the first thing you should do is look over the dress code as it may not be the same as what you're accustomed to. Most companies have a published formal dress code but if there isn’t one, assume it’s the formal end of business casual. In most cases that means either a sheath dress or suit.

As the new addition to the company, your wardrobe choices should be in line with your most formally dressed peers. You don’t want to begin your new job by immediately giving the impression that you intend to test the boundaries of company rules and policies. It’s always better to show up overdressed than underdressed and office attire such as a suit can easily be dressed up or down as needed.

The New Position

If you’re climbing the corporate ladder there is a good chance that your new position will not be the same as you old one. As a general rule the higher up the corporate ladder you are, the more formal your attire is expected to be. Make sure that your style fits with your new role.

People in entry level positions might be able to come to the office in a blouse and skirt but professionals need to look the part. A suit is a must for anyone who has people report to them as well as any employee that meets with clients or other professionals. Additionally, if your position puts you in a position of trust, you must appear professional and trustworthy.

New Coworkers

Starting a new job is the perfect time to spice up your style and try something different because you will be working with people who are not familiar with your look. In the past you may have been hesitant to try a more professional look because of the comments a drastic change would surely elicit. Having new coworkers leaves you free to try that sheath dress, pencil skirt, or suit.

A new job is the opportunity to reassess your style and reinvent yourself. However you dress on your first day will be the look your new coworkers assume is your norm. This is your chance for a new you and the best chance at setting yourself up to make a good impression.

Your Future Ambitions

Maybe your new job is the last stop on your career path and you’re sure that it’s the position you will stick with for the remainder of your career. If that’s the case, all you need to do is dress for the role and try not to let your appearance slide. You may not need to impress, but when you look good, you feel good.

On the other hand, if you plan on one day moving on to bigger and better things, try to dress more formally. Your appearance should reflect where you wish your career to go, not just where it currently is.

How will you be updating your look for that new job?

Sierra E is a Los-Angeles based trial lawyer and entrepreneur. She became partner at her law firm in 2015 and has made numerous appearances as a guest legal correspondent on CNN. In 2018, Sierra launched SuitKits, an online shopping service that allows women to custom design suits and separates to fit their exact measurements, style, color and cut. Through her career, her writings, and her company, Sierra hopes to help women from all backgrounds achieve both personal and professional success for the benefit of themselves and their families. You can find her on Twitter/Facebook/IG @SuitKits

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