Great! You’ve made it! In this very unsteady economy and job market, you have successfully got your resume looked at, went through the interview process, and now you got the call back and have the job. So, what now? The most important thing to do now is be sure you don’t mess things up and have people second guessing you on your very first day at work. One surefire way to make an immediate bad impression is by what you wear. Quite often your clothes are the first thing by which people judge you, and you want to make certain you come off as confident, dependable, and even a bit stylish. Below is a summary of tips you can follow to ensure you are dressed for success.

Go shopping. Even if your new job is at an uber-casual start-up company, there will always be a borderline between proper workplace attire and dressing in your bottom of the drawer clothes like it’s laundry day. So before your first day, go out and invest some money in a few proper workplace outfits. Of course, you will first need to figure out what is the appropriate style of dress at your new workplace. One tip is to take a peek during your interview at what clothes some of the employees are wearing, and then as you’re shopping, base your purchases on what you saw. However, if you can’t remember what the employees were wearing, contact the company’s human resources department and ask what the dress code policy is. The last thing you want to do is to show up for your first day dressed much too casual or, conversely, much too conservative. For women, it’s often a safe bet not to wear revealing or sexually suggestive attire such as tight, high-cut skirts. In fact, research has shown that women who do dress in a sexually suggestive manner at work decrease their chance of receiving promotions and pay raises.