In some offices you'll look ridiculous without a collared shirt; in other places wrinkled T-shirts thrown on in haste are the norm. How can you choose what you wear on the first day in a new job?
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Requirements vary greatly depending on the culture of your workplace: in finance businesses, it's not unheard of for the IT staff to be expected to deploy the same suit-and-tie wear as the client-facing sales guys. In other offices, no-one cares how the IT team dresses as long as the servers stay up.
It's always a good idea to ask about the office dress code in advance if you're unsure. Smarter Admins suggests a basic smart casual dress code if there's any doubt: a shirt and pants for men (but no tie), and a similar blouse/pants or skirt combo for women, in neutral colours.
Sensible advice, but we're wondering: what would you recommend as first-day wear? Share your suggestions (and any personal horror stories) in the comments.