How to Dress up for First Day of Job for Women [Step-By-Step Guide]

What to wear on first day of work for woman

Congratulations! You’ve just got your dream job! But do you know what should you wear on your first day of work?

“As a young career woman working at a new startup, should you be wearing smart casual? Or business formal?”

Your first day at a new job is the best time to make a good impression. Knowing how to dress for your new job is just as important as knowing what to wear on your first date.

Although, the right clothes for new job can vary a lot, and it really depends on your company’s dress code.

We’ve asked our top experts at HQHire to share their thoughts on styling tips for women starting a new job.

“Starting your career on the right foot can help you propel your career to even more possibility.”

– Ricky Thomas, Headhunter.

what should a woman wear on the first day of work?

1. Business Formal Wear

Looking presentable may leave a good impression, but looking professional will give a lasting great impression.

The trick is to understand that your professional appearance goes beyond what you wear. Make sure that your nails are trimmed, your hair is done and never overdo your makeup.

Of the five senses of human, smell plays an important role when giving others a good first impression.

“Take a nice bath before the start of the day. This is the best way to start your first day at work.”

Woman Formal Business Attire includes the following:

Business Formal Suit Blazer
Suit Sets


Business Formal suits is perfect for almost every lady working in the financial sector. A suit dress, pants suit or skirt suit, it includes a matching suit made of matching material and color that is intended to be worn together. Perfectly tailored, a business formal suit is the perfect way to introduce extra refinement into your wardrobe. 

Recommends: Dark color suit, as it give off the vibe of confidence and maturity.

Woman Button up Shirt


Tops should include neat button-down shirts or blouses with a blazer. With a conservatives cut, it should not be too tight or too loose. Make sure you’re physically comfortable and confident in whatever you choose. If you are still unsure, it is the type of cloths you will wear when you are seeing your mother-in-law.

Recommends: Keep your day one outfit relatively simple. Go for light color such as white.

Dress Shoes

Dress Shoes

Dress shoes include formal flats, heels, oxfords or loafers. Wear closed-toe shoes or peep-toe shoes and heels that is less than 3-inches. Choose something that is comfortable and professional.

“A woman can carry a bag, but it is the shoe that carries the woman.”

Recommendations: Go for dark colored shoes that fits your feet. Flats or heels that is 2-inches of less is the best, because you will never know how much you will need to walk at your new job.

Brown Woman Belt for Formal Attire
Belts and Accessories


Accessories is optional, but when choosing one, remember to accessorize with something simple. A simple jewelry and belts can make you look great in most occasion.

Recommendations: A simple earring or necklace can help to make you look fresh and warm. But if you wear something too extravagance, or expensive, this can sometimes hurt your career.

Profession: Bankers, Insurance Agent, House Agents, Sales, People Managers, Executives etc. 

2. Smart Casual Business Wear

Smart casual business wear allows you to put in more personality into your style of cloths. Although it is much more relax than business formal, but how to dress for your new job is actually beyond the work outfit that you wear.

It is true that wearing smart casual allows you to feel more like home, but our experts says,

“It is just as important to be aware of how you present yourself beyond what our naked eyes can see.”

Are you wearing too much perfume? Or does your breath smell like coffee?

Woman Smart Casual Business Attire includes the following:

Woman Yellow Blouse


Blouses and button-down shirts are perfect for woman who wants to wear something causal while looking semi-professional. No matter what tops you choose, conservative cut is a must.

Recommends: Solid color is the best when you are choosing something to wear for work. You can choose a light color blouse such as white, or give a slightly more matured vibe when wearing black. Whichever color you choose, wearing something cute does not fair well with your first day of work.



Denim is a strong cotton fabric that is stylishly rugged, twill weave woven, which creates a subtle diagonal ribbing pattern. Strong and durable these fabric are used to make many other things, including jeans worn by your favorite artist.

Recommends: Light/Dark colored navy blue denim give a vibe of creativity mixed with professionalism. Never wear any tattered jeans, though fashionable, an employee wearing worn out pants don’t look good on the company.



Twill or cotton skirts, pants, or dresses that fall below the fingertips are some of the top favorites for woman wearing smart casual attire. When worn right, it is the perfect harmony style and professionalism. But remember, never wear a skirt that is too short, or rigged and torn.

Recommendations: Go for plain color. Dark color is perfect for financial institution and bright colors are best for creative industry.

Belts and Accessories


Accessories is optional in most workplace, but when choose to wear one, remember accessorize with something simple. A simple jewelry and belts can make you look great in most occasion.

Recommendations: A simple earring or necklace can help to make you look fresh and warm. But if you wear something too extravagance, or expensive, this can sometimes hurt your career. 

Dress Shoes

Dress Shoe

Shoes can include flats, loafers, mules, boots or heels. Rejoice! You will have a huge range of options to choose from when choosing the right shoe to wear.

But the key is,

“Wear closed-toe shoes or peep-toe shoes.”

Never wear a flip flops, sandals, or sneakers to work. Choose something that is comfortable but professional.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a pair of fabulous shoes.”

Start your journey on the right foot always.

Recommendations: Shoe of any color are mostly acceptable, but avoid any shoe that have sparkles or attract too much attention.

Profession: Designers, Artist, Engineers, Computer Engineers, IT Personnel, Telemarketing, Virtual Assistant, Social Media Experts, Start-up etc. 

Infographic on what to wear for your first day of work for woman. The difference between Business formal and Smart Casual.

Making Good first impression in a new job

Go Beyond Looks

When you see something, your brain will start to process, you think and then you react. Our sense of smell plays an important role when forming the first impression of others. There is no thinking, no reasoning, you just react.

So how smell affect us?

You meet someone who smell pleasant, you will immediately find this person more attractive and warm.

But when someone with a bad breath talks to you, your immediate reaction is to move away to a ‘safe distance’.

It’s not that you are being rude, it’s just that the smell just overpowers you. 

Our experts says,

“When you have a split second to make that first impression, your scent matters.”

A great personal hygiene, is the first step to a great scent that is both welcoming and appealing.

“First impressions are everything.”

Wear Cloths That Brings Confidence

Wearing the right attire “business formal or smart casual” is important for the right occasion. But wearing an outfit that’s comfortable, neat, and well-tailored will give you the confidence you’ll need on your first day of work.

It can be a simple blouses, or even a suit dress, if you want to look good and  presentable, wear cloths that fit well and look fresh. Sometimes buying that new blouse or shoe can be the best investment you can make for your first day of work.

“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” By Hubert de Givenchy

Learn to Iron

What you wear don’t need to be expensive, but it have to be neat and clean. Winkled and messy cloths scares even kids away. Although, ironing sounds like a foreign language to some. Learning to iron your cloths so you will look fresh and professional can be the best skill you’ll learn today.

Recent survey shows,

“43% of all hiring managers will not consider promoting an employee who wear winkled cloths.”


You shouldn’t because our experts says,

“Being well-dressed is a beautiful form of politeness.”

Although, ironing is becoming a lost art, but learning how to iron from the master (YouTube) can be as simple as clicking the play button below.

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