What to wear on your first big day at work

advice on interview clothes

Not sure what to wear for that important interview? Worried about making the wrong impression on your first day at work? Here are some pointers provided by men’s and women’s outfitter T.M.Lewin that should keep you on the right side of the tasteful/tacky divide when it comes to officewear.



Trouser suit or conservative-length skirt in a neutral, dark colour.

White-collared dress shirt.

Modest accessories.

Dark tights.

Neutral colour closed-toe heels

Always dress Business Formal for interviews. Use your best judgement for including subtle pops of personality.


Two or three-piece suit in neutral, dark colour.

White or plain formal shirts.

Solid coloured unflashy tie.

Cufflinks or a watch.

Black or brown Oxford shoes.


Conservative length skirt in modest colours.

Solid colour top or blouse.

Dark or nude tights.

Neutral colour closed-toe heels.

Modest statement accessories.

Avoid dressing more than one level up from your office dress code to avoid being overdressed.


Dark-coloured suits in subtle, conservative patterns.

Pressed suit trousers paired with a matching jacket.

Formal shirts in traditional patterns and conservative colours.

Brightly coloured or conservatively-patterned ties.


Skirt or suit trousers.

Shirts, jumpers or blouses in solid colours or subtle patterns.

More casual statement jewellery.

Closed-toe heels, flats or loafers in any colour.

Even if you work from home, dress as you would in the office to help shift your mind into work mode. Also, you never know when you might have to hop on a video call.


Formal shirts in any colour.

Jumpers or cardigans worn with collared ties.

Ties are optional; most colours.

Suit trousers or chinos.


Suit trousers or knee-length skirts in casual fabrics like cotton or dark denim.

Shirts, cardigans or blouses in a variety of colours and patterns.

Open-toed heels, flats sandals or wedges.

Most all jewellery

Only dress one level down on designated “casual” days.


Casual chinos or trousers – no jeans unless explicitly stated.

If denim is okay, stick to dark colours and straight-legged styles.

Collared polos, crew-neck jumpers in most colours and patterns.

Clean and well-kept trainers or loafers.


Clean, wrinkle-free t-shirts.

Pops of colour and unexpected patterns.

Stylish shoes or accessories that display personality.

Take note of the majority of employee outfits when getting an office tour or going in for an interview.


Specific niche dress codes will depend on established office environment.

Trendy fashion items and layers.

Tailored denim.

Posted on January 25, 2017 in Our News

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