Starting your professional wardrobe

One of the most exciting parts of getting my first job was the fact that I basically now had an excuse to get a whole new wardrobe.  I was going to be decked out head to toe in J. Crew with my super cute new Longchamp tote I got for graduation. Little did I realize, you’re still incredibly broke.

Don’t expect to be dishing out 100+ on your first pair of slacks, it’s unreasonable and unnecessary until you have a more stable income. Places like MarshallsH&MTj Maxx, and Target all have amazing options at a much lower price point.

If you are, however, looking to buy bigger ticket items that’ll last you a little longer, remember a high price doesn’t always mean better quality. Inspect the garment starting with the material it’s made of. Clothing made of natural fibers (cotton, silk, linen, ect.) are all going to last a lot longer than other synthetic materials. Check the seams and buttons to make sure they’re all secure. The last thing you want is to spend 150 dollars on the perfect blazer that falls apart after 5 washes.

When it comes to basics, these are a few things you should look for.

  • Stick to black, gray, white, and navy. They’re the standard professional colors and can easily be mixed and matched to create different looks.
  • A skirt is always a good staple, but don’t make the mistake of thinking you need a pencil skirt. They are not flattering on everyone. Shop around and see what makes you feel most confident!
  • Your shoes absolutely need to be picked on comfort first, style second. One pair of black flats and black heels will be more than enough for your first few months. Heels can be tricky in the professional field so to keep it safe. The heel should be 4″ or less, aim for a hidden platform (if any), and stick to a closed toe shoe.

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe


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