During four years of college, my everyday uniform consisted of pretty much the same thing: an oversized t-shirt from my sorority, Nike shorts, Adidas sneakers and a backpack. So when graduation rolled around, I quickly found myself with quite literally nothing to wear. Instead of buying a completely new wardrobe, I focused on investing in key pieces that would elevate what I already owned. This made it so much more manageable (on my budget and energy) while giving me the opportunity to try my hand at different styles. Fast forward seven months and I’m ready to pay it forward to the next group of graduates. Before you go shopping for your new job, read this!
Say goodbye to your beloved backpack and upgrade to a minimal tote bag like this one from Baggu.
Save your jean jacket for the weekend and switch to a leather jacket that will effortlessly take you from the office to weeknight happy hour.
Swap out the signature girly scent you’ve been using since middle school for something a little more sophistcated. I love anything from Jo Malone.
T-shirts may be a staple in your closet, but we promise this Everlane turtleneck is just as comfy and WAY more professional.
Adidas Superstars are classic, but not very professional. A great pair of booties are still casual, but look more put together.
Ripped jeans scream casual. (I’m looking at you Meghan Markle at the Invictus games!) Instead, opt for a dark wash or black jean.When it comes to jewelry, minimal designs are always a safe choice for the office. Madewell has a great selection, like these Pavé Circle Stud earrings!
There’s nothing more embarrassing than having your bra show through your shirt. Invest in a nude bra that you can wear with literally anything. ThirdLove has a great selection for different skin tones!
Up your ponytail game with a leather hair tie like this one from Banana Republic.
Ditch the pencil bag, and grab a swanky business card holder instead. Kate Spade makes great ones!
Caitlin Topham is ACPR’s Public Relations Assistant and royal wedding enthusiast. When Will and Kate were married in 2011, she woke up at 4:00am to watch the procession, and plans to do the same for Harry and Meghan. Her royal wedding watching essentials include champagne, scones, Union Jack socks and God Save The Queen blasting over the speakers.
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