Whether you’re a brand new graduate (like myself!), or someone who has been in the working world for a while, there are some classic fashion items that should always be staples in your wardrobe. You can find most of these for a bargain when you’re just starting out and then work on building your “essentials” wardrobe with higher-end items once you can afford it. There’s always plenty of room for personal style expression in fashion, but these standard items are a must-have!
1. A Classic Black Pump. This shoe goes with almost everything you own (trust me) and immediately gives off an air of sophistication and that “I’ve-got-myself-together” vibe that everyone wants. Look for a closed, pointed toe in the highest heel you can actually walk in. The walking part is pretty essential because no shoe or outfit can save you if you fall down the stairs (or worse, trip over yourself on flat ground).
2. A Button-up White Shirt. This one is as old as the hills and classic for a reason. It can be worn casually with jeans or tucked into a skirt to be more professional. Find one made of cotton or silk (if you’re feeling fancy!) over a polyester blend as it will last longer.
3. A Pencil Skirt. The most flattering fit is when it hits about an inch or two above the knee. The best colour to start with is black as it works with everything, but also keep an eye out if you can find one in white. White is a fantastic way to add some airiness and light to your professional outfits in the spring and summer.
4. A Sturdy Work Tote. As hard as it may be, work is not the time to show off that new little Valentino small lock bag you just splurged on. Get yourself a grown-up woman bag that can fit files and a clipboard so you’ll always be prepared. You can play around with colours a bit more here, but keep in mind that darker colours often stand up to wear better than their lighter counterparts.
5. A Blazer That Fits Well. A blazer can take almost any outfit from being too casual to being chic yet relaxed. Throw it over a summer dress or jeans and a tee to give off a pulled together look for any coffee date or meeting.
6. Perfect Jeans. Do not underestimate the power of blue jeans that perfectly fit your body. They’re the blank canvas for which you can rock those crazy shoes or that bright handbag without being too much. Although they aren’t necessarily a work staple, they’ll help you look put together even on your days off (when you inevitably run into someone from work). Look for a pair that’s tight enough to give you shape but not too tight to be inappropriate!
7. A Black Dress. This is one of the items that you can use to show off a bit of your own personal style while also keeping things classic. Go for some ruffles or a lace shoulder cut-out, a fit-and-flare or a bandage dress, the options are endless based on your personal style. As long as the hemline and neckline are appropriate, this dress will be your best friend in the office and out on the town.
8. A Neutral Coloured Coat. As with the black dress, feel free to play with this item until you find one that’s perfect for you. Neutral doesn’t need to mean black or beige- it could be a light brown, a grey, or even navy. If it fits you well, rock it!
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