Monday, October 1, 2012

What to wear on your first day at a new job

In the October issue of ELLE, the team reveal what they wore on their first day in the office in the feature The ELLE Style Stories. My story's included, too!

A first day anywhere can be stressful enough, but a first day on the world's biggest-selling fashion magazine? That makes dressing for work extremely tough.

To illustrate my story, I decided to root about in my wardrobe to find the skirt that I wore on my first day at ELLE a number of years ago. The skirt (above and below) was from London's Spitalfields Market by a designer called Susy Harper.

I'd chosen it because I wanted to champion new talent, and by doing so I hoped that it would show I was worthy of working in fashion. Plus, I wanted to wear something nobody else (hopefully) would be wearing.

I love the simplicity of Susy Harper's design. A single piece of wool, one seam, no hem, no waistband. The result is an asymmetrical silhouette that subtly curves into a longer length at the back. It's good to see it still looks current.

My original first-day outfit included a black Joseph top and Pied A Terre boots. But here I've teamed the skirt with my Sonia Rykiel for H&M jacket, a H&M camisole and clutch bag, a pair of Chie Mihara sandals (another summer sale buy) and my Michael Kors watch. It still works now, don't you think?

If you're starting a new job, here's my top five tips on what to wear on your first day:

1. Wear something you feel comfortable in

2. Make sure it's fuss-free. You don't want to spend the whole day constantly fiddling with your outfit

3. Think of decorum and leave the low-cut tops and thigh-high skirts at home. You don't want to reveal too much cleavage or leg in the workplace

4. Grooming is just as important as clothes. But remember less is more when it comes to make-up and hair styles

5. Lastly, don't forget to smile!

A fail-safe formula is a good-quality jacket worn with a blouse/shirt and skirt/trousers. Add a few well-chosen accessories – a watch and a necklace, say – and finish with a great pair of heels and a bag. The bottom line is to think classic rather than quirky, so consider what first impressions you want to create and go for it.

For more first-day tips, read this feature in the October issue of ELLE and learn from the rest of the team. It's only on sale for one more day, so hurry now! (Or get the digital edition at iTunes).


  1. I'm amazed you can still remember what you wore from a couple of years ago! I started my job 8 months ago and I can't for the life of me recall what I wore. For a first day I'm always a lot more formal than I should be as I'm normally worried about coming across badly, then I'm guilty of wearing comfy jeans and jumpers not long after that!

    Shopped and Dropped

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