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What to Wear the First Week on the Job

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The first week on the job is the start of your corporate career. It is the perfect time to make impressions, to learn the subtle nuances behind office dress codes, and to ensure you fit in.

Dressing casually could lead some to regard you as one who doesn't take work seriously. Dressing formally could make others feel you are too stiff and regimented. Learn how to make perfect first impressions at work.

First Impressions Count

Most do not get a second chance to make a first impression – even more so, when it's your first week at a new job. Thus, heed the unstated dress code and adhere and adapt your outfits to it. Giving up your uniqueness and individuality is not the message we are trying to convey.


Rather, we recommend you be sensitive to the ensembles worn by others and to the reactions your own outfit will elicit. The interviews may be over, but the games and machinations of office politics and perceptions has just begun.

Dress Like the Boss

We recommend starting off with a slightly over- dressed look the first week. While this will not be possible in a law firm where everyone will be wearing a tailored suit and a necktie, this will work in a business casual environment.

Match the Corporate Climate

Wearing a sports jacket,business shirt and a tie in a business casual environment is better than merely wearing a shirt and tie.


When shaking hands for the first time, projecting a professional image is your topmost priority. Since most sensory inputs are visual and researches show appearances dominate words spoken in a first encounter, we recommend following the approach above. The reasoning is simple: when people form impressions about you in seconds, it makes business sense to start at the top rather than to start low and work yourself up.

If you want to be sure you nail the look your first week on a new job, invest some time in a personalised styling appointment with our expert staff. The men of Montagio are only too happy to help custom design almost any look or style to give you an edge over the competition at work.

Original idea for article from Antonio Centeno, author of the internet's most actionable men's style guide. We recommend a read!

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