Chances are, you won’t have much to wear besides an interview outfit once you’ve landed your first full time corporate job. Fresh out of college and entering the working world, it’s time to retire your sweatpants and build a versatile wardrobe that functions for both work and play. The pieces you buy should compliment each other so you can mix and match your essentials to create multiple outfits. Since I’ve successfully built my own versatile work wardrobe, I wanted to pull together a few key investment pieces for anyone shopping for their own:
- Classic blazers: Invest in 2-3 blazers in neutral tones (black, grey and beige are all classic colors that will pair well with anything). A blazer adds instant class to any ensemble, and when worn with a sequin tank and skinny jeans it’s perfect for the weekend.
- Gold jewelry: Gold never goes out of style and it also goes with everything. This basic jewelry will go a long way.
- Utility blouses: They’re easy to outfit, versatile and look incredibly polished. Tucked into trousers, a pencil skirt or worn underneath a blazer, these blouses always result in a chic and professional look.
- Pencil skirts: Any good work wardrobe contains a skirt that fits and flatters. While the pencil skirt is an obvious choice, any knee length skirt will do.
- Ankle trousers: Unlike a full length trouser, ankle trousers can be easily dressed down for weekend wear. Try pairing them with a blazer and printed blouse for work, and flats + a basic tee for a put together weekend look.
- Ballet flats: You’ll be glad you invested in these after a full day of running around the office. Consider trying a chic pair of cap toe flats – your feet will be comfy and you’ll be right on-trend!
- Printed blouses: To avoid looking bland, you’ll want to break up your neutrals with pieces that add interest. Adding a fun printed top underneath a neutral blazer and pencil skirt will add both color and visual interest to an outfit.
- Cardigans: You can never have enough of these! Start with a mixture of neutrals and fun colors (try cream, mustard yellow, navy and green) to make your collection more versatile.
- Nude pumps: Every once in a while, dress things up with a pair of classic nude pumps. These pumps will take any outfit to the next level and the neutral shade will lengthen your legs. What’s not to love?
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