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First-day-of-work style, in the bag

By Maybelle Morgan, 18 September 2016

So you’ve snagged your dream gig and now it’s time to make a stellar first impression. Avoid night-before panic sweats and take notes from these New York Fashion Week style winners, proving that whether you’re heading to a classroom or fashion cupboard, first-day-at-work threads can be a total breeze… 

workwear suit

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Just cos your new office is all Wolf of Wall Street, doesn’t mean you have to slack on style. Choose a chic pinstripe suit (with a PJ twist if there’s any dress-code wiggle room). Add a structured leather cross body, plus don’t forget the skyscraper platforms for a new-season nod – note: closed-toe styles look just as good. 

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No, it won't be like The Devil Wears Prada, but you do want to smash the style game. Ignore the temptation to do a head-to-toe trend and instead add subtle touches. Swap out your tailored trousers for a cropped number with ruffled hems. Add a choker here, patchwork bag there and finish with statement sunnies. 


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Working in a creative field means you can afford to go more casj. Show off your style credentials by mashing up all the textures: a sheer-sleeve tee + a metallic pleated midi + sneaks = perfect for you. Add a hint of fun with a faux-fur cross-body bag and geek-chic up the whole thing with some chunky pastel specs. 

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With unpredictable days and potentially gruelling tasks, try this all-black-everything get-up, which is all about the comfy ‘hire me’ vibes. Pair skinnies with a high-neck tee and add a tailored blazer to bring the chic. Opt for low-heeled sandals (for stamina) and finish with a sleek shoulder bag (for errand-running storage).

work dress

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It's scary that small humans are being left in your care, but hide the internal panic with an 'I-got-this' outfit that ticks all the capable, approachable and appropes boxes. Go for a playful, check-print midi dress and add practi-cool accessories (chunky flat sandals and a satchel) to up the profesh vibe. A+.