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You know the drill. You bring up the courage, patience and stamina to go jean shopping. You try on 50 pairs of jeans you can barely tell the difference between and finally, triumphantly (and 25 rear-view mirror glances later), declare a winner.
You go home and cannot wait to plot out the “first” outfit. The jeans debut is a hit and your friends are gushing over how fabulous your bum looks while you’re secretly glowing about how your thighs are being held in so tightly, they don’t live in the same zip code. You couldn’t be happier.
But then it happens. A few wears later, you notice they’re no longer the life sucking girdle you dreamed about. The jeans have decided to take a vacation and relaxed fit is not what you signed up for.
So what now? Well I’ve always wondered myself so I did some investigative research with our lovely designers over at DKNY Jeans. Naturally, they had some pearls of wisdom to give. So listen up and learn how to save your jeans from slacking off.
To help prevent some of the “bagging” out, wash jeans on “delicate cycle” and always air dry. That means you need to think ahead a little as to when you might need them dry by. Go figure that fibers are weakened when excessive heat is used in washing and drying, which results in stretching, shrinking, fading and making them more prone to rips and tears. Ouch. If you’re in a pinch and air-drying isn’t practical, dry them on the lowest setting in the dryer.
Hate to tell you this but poor recovery is inherent in spandex, so if you can stand it, try purchasing jeans a size smaller.
The resume is perfect. You nailed the interview. You get the offer and then the panic sets in. The office. The people. How will it be? How should you act? What should you wear? It’s the first week at a new school. You’re the new kid and you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
They will only see and know your “cover” so make it work for you. What does your style (or lack thereof), say about you? Think about, because they will. If you don’t have the wardrobe to nail a great look, keep it simple and try to think about how the others there might dress. Choose your outfits at night and leave the mornings stress free.
Professional and friendly, but not too friendly. People don’t want to admit it, but they like (and expect) the new kid to be just a teeny weeny bit intimidated. They are the seniors and you are the freshman. Respect the hierarchy, there are titles for a reason.
THE WORK ETHIC:
Come a little early and leave a little late. You are not Dolly Parton and there are rarely any 9-5 jobs. But, always “do as you mean to go”, meaning don’t be extreme and come in at 8am when you know that you won’t be able to maintain that schedule forever. Be a self-starter. Be resourceful. Don’t just wait around to be told. Ask. At the end of the day, if your boss is still there, ask if he or she needs anything else before you jet out.
THERE IS NO “I” IN TEAM:
Be collaborative and helpful. Don’t be the kid that always raises his hand with the answer. Chill. Your time will come. Get the lay of the land first before you try and bulldoze it.
Happy yet not overzealous. Don’t come in and start spilling your boyfriend problems with the team. Observe. Listen. This is the time for learning and research. You’ll get to know everyone and they will you, in time.
WATCH YOUR TMI:
Too much information is never a good thing when it comes to your personal life in the workplace, at least until you establish friendships. That goes for your social media accounts too. Watch your words and watch your posts. Those pictures, they speak volumes and they will not tell a good story. In addition, don’t friend your boss anywhere until you know it’s appropriate.
KNOW WHERE YOU WORK:
Do the homework and learn who the key players are. Know the names and titles so you can be sure your email tonality is appropriate if you need to contact them.
Watch the abbreviations. We’re all so socially media trained, but breaking news, u is actually not a word. Oh and don’t sign xo to people you don’t actually know REALLY well.
Last but not least, don’t steal red staplers. If you don’t get the joke, please watch Office Space.