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Fanshawe Fashionista: Because you never get a second chance to make a first impression

Jennifer St. Denis | Interrobang | Opinion | April 3rd, 2006

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Semester after semester, term paper after term paper, keg party after keg party, the good times of collage will eventually come to an end. And when all is said and done, you're starting to get OSAP bills instead of cheques, will you be ready for the world ahead?

The recent strike has given you time to gather your thoughts, and hopefully you spent some time thinking about the most important thing about hitting the real world — what you are going to wear!

Coming straight out of college, it is tough to get into work mode. Going from sweatpants to pantyhose is never an easy transition, so finding a work style that suits you and the environment is key.

In the first couple of weeks at the new job, play it safe. It's usually okay to display a creative edge in the workforce, but too much too soon can have the boss focusing more on your outfit than your performance.

Classic suits tailored to fit your figure are always a good idea. Be sure to shop around and purchase one that fits you well and goes with different accent pieces. Too many people make the common mistake of getting a power suit with a terrible fit. Mix up the ‘safe' look once in a while with something that complements your personal style, but still fits in company dress code.

Both men and women can and should play with colour, especially in the warmer months. Classic black and white is never a bad idea, but flirting with the seasons hottest like teal, yellow and orange will be sure to get you noticed, while still maintaining a professional approach.

Shoes are another area that some companies can be strict with. Most organizations require you to wear a closed toe shoe, even in the summer. Rounded toes are making a comeback, and will be quite prevalent this fall, so you might as well get a head start now, and choose a shoe or boot that will work for the office and for the evenings out. If you stick to a straight work shoe and a straight party shoe, then chances are your shoes for the office are comfy and plain.

Throw into the mix a trendy heel and an outfit to match, and you'll feel better about yourself, and what you have on, that day.

Even accessories can be fun for work. Oversized bags are huge this season (no pun intended) and are perfect for the job. Again, don't be afraid to play with colour. I just got a Prada bag from NYC that is soft orange leather. It's bright and perfect for the season, and everyone in the office tells me they need to get one!

Dressing for success is one of the key ways to achieving it.

The first impression you make with a company is how they will remember you. So hang up your hoodie, and take the knowledge and power you have gained in the past years with you, and get the job of your dreams in style.

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