Working wardrobe

Working wardrobe

Working wardrobe

Our clothes are a critical aspect of getting and keeping a job, and at NOVA we take it seriously. From the start, we’re expected to follow the NOVA dress code – which is business casual – whether we’re in the training room or out and about.

Campbelltown and Springwood NOVA Transition trainees have been talking about workplace clothing and have some tips to share. What we wear at NOVA Transition is very important because it says a lot about us. The way we dress represents who we are, but it also represents NOVA.

We feel good about ourselves when we are well presented. We also need to be ready for a job interview at a moment’s notice. A potential employer will judge your character in the first few seconds from the way you look, so making a good first impression is important.

What’s appropriate work wear?

What we wear to work is likely to be different from what we’d wear at home or in our leisure time. For example, in most workplaces, it would not be appropriate to wear thongs, shorts, trackie dacks, or clothing with logos.

Different outfits are appropriate for different workplaces. You don’t see office workers in hi-vis vests and steel-capped boots. And clothing you would wear in an office is not generally suitable for manual work, such as gardening, building, or work in a warehouse. 

Why you would wear hi-visibility clothing?  

You wear hi-vis to stay safe – for example, when you’re working in a warehouse, or driving forklift or truck. It also identifies the sort of work you are employed in.

What would you wear as a gardener or builder?

  • long cargo shorts
  • collared shirt
  • broad brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • protective glasses, masks and hard hats.

What do you wear in an office?

  • professional looking trousers or skirt with a shirt or top
  • a dress
  • business suit with collared shirt, tie, trousers
  • shirts with collars
  • tops that cover your shoulders
  • skirts/dresses of appropriate length
  • business uniform that makes you look presentable and that you’re a part of the company.

These outfits look presentable and respectful.

Campbelltown trainees followed a discussion of appropriate work wear with an experiential learning project at the local shopping centre. Their task was to find appropriate work clothes that could be bought on a $100 budget.

Browsing the clothes at Kmart and Target with their hypothetical $100, the trainees found that they would need to spend more at one store than the other. Their advice: when you are shopping for interview clothes, know how much money you have to spend then visit your local clothing stores – like Kmart, opp shops, Target – and compare how much outfits will cost at different shops.

Campbelltown and Springwood NOVA Transition

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