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Cracking the Office Dress Code: What to Wear?


Whether you're getting ready to make your first impression in a job interview, or ready to start your first day with offer in hand, it's important to understand the company culture, including its dress code. Depending on your industry, especially if you work in a customer-facing environment, suits and ties or dresses and heels might be the standard at your new office. If you work in tech or any creative industry, you're more likely to see hoodies and tee shirts on the regular.


The old adage "dress for the job you want, not the job you have" still holds true. But we do recommend checking out your new (or possible future) company's social channels. Many have snaps from office events on their Instagram account or Facebook page. When in doubt, for job interviews, it's always better to be overdressed. It makes a good first impression and shows that you care about your appearance, which also means you're more likely to care about your new job.


The experts at T.M. Lewin have created an infographic on how to crack the dress code of just about any office environment so that you can arrive at work both confident and fashionable from head to toe.  The infographic below explains the five business dress types and when it’s appropriate to wear them:


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Infographic courtesy of T.M. Lewin.

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Last Updated: January 10, 2017
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Kelly Love Johnson

Kelly Love Johnson is Content Strategist for Jobs2Careers. She's also a shower singer, TV watcher, pop culture junkie, and habitual smirker. She's passionate about helping people find their dream jobs and closing the wage gap. Her book, Skirt! Rules for the Workplace: An Irreverent Guide to Advancing Your Career, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2008.