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What to wear on your first day of work

Dress to impress on your first day at work – discover clothing tips and laundry advice for making your work clothes perfectly clean & bright.

Choosing the right outfit for your first day at work can provide a much-need confidence boost. Not only will dressing well help you make a good impression with new colleagues, but it can also make you feel more self-assured during a daunting time.

Once you have learned the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of the workplace dress code, you’re bound to feel much more comfortable – but until then, here are a few helpful tips on how to dress for work when you’re starting a new role.

What to Wear on Your First Day of Work: Preparation Tips 

Think back to the interview. Can you remember what people were wearing when you visited for an interview? If employees were wearing particularly smart clothes, this is a good indication that it is the expected style of dress, and is something you should mirror.

Consider the field. If it is a corporate or customer-facing company, the appropriate clothing is likely to be neat, elegant, and modest. If it is a creative workplace, it is possible that a casual or relaxed style of dressing is more suited to the environment.

Don’t go overboard. If you’re unsure about how to dress for work, it is a good idea to make a conservative choice – however, don’t try too hard or wear something you feel uncomfortable in, as this might distract you and even make you look out of place.

Washing Work Clothes

Washing work clothes inside out helps maintain their shape and colour without sacrificing cleanliness. It also protects the dye from washing away as quickly!

  1. Use a quality washing powder

Work clothes tend to be more expensive than the casual clothes we wear day-to-day, so it makes sense to treat them accordingly. By using a high performance washing powder like Surf Superbright, your smart clothes will last for longer and stay bright, no matter their colour.

  1. Avoid tumble drying

We know it’s tempting to toss your clean clothes into a dryer, saving you time and effort, but trust us – your work clothes will last for so much longer and stay much sharper looking with a little extra care. When your clothes come out of the wash, air dry them on a hanger or clothesline, or lay flat in the case of woollen fabrics.

If you’re in need of more specific tips when it comes to washing work clothes, check out some of our other articles.

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Wash white clothes with Surf Superbright washing powder – it’s designed to leave clothes dazzlingly bright, helping you to shine on your very first day!

Key Steps:

  • Choose your outfit in advance.
  • Dress conservatively, but in something you feel comfortable.
  • Wash clothes inside-out to keep them in good condition for longer.

Don't Forget


Check the care labels of your clothes to find out how to clean them – and remember to read the dosing advice on the detergent label, too!