So you are starting out in the “real world.” You’ve got your own place and the countdown to your first day has begun.
There are a lot of things to think about when making the transition from college grad to career professional. Though you may have considered what to wear on your first day, you may not have thought about all that goes into building a career wardrobe. Before spending your entire first paycheck on trendy clothes that will only last you a season or two, take time to build a wardrobe that lasts.
There are a lot of resources to help you determine your style, your colors, your “look.” Use those resources (some listed below) to compliment the following wardrobe basics. Also, I am providing information for both genders; separating men and women only for simplicity’s sake.
- Only buy items that can be worn in at least three combinations (example: top with three different bottoms).
- Try to avoid “outfits” that only allow you to wear each piece with the other pieces purchased together.
- Don’t forget appropriate undergarments.
- Steer clear of fashion trends that only last one or two seasons.
|Basic Career Wardrobe : Level One||Basic Career Wardrobe for Women: Level Two
In addition to the items listed in LEVEL ONE,
gradually add the following
|Shirts/Tops||6 work appropriate|
|T-shirts||1 white | 1 black||T-shirts||1 striped|
|Sweaters||2 pullovers/cardigans||Sweaters||1 fitted pullovers | 1 cardigans | 1 dark turtleneck|
|Skirts||2 all season||Skirts||2 summer|
|Jeans||1 work appropriate|
|Pants||3-5 pairs all season||Pants||3 pairs winter | 3 pairs summer|
|Dresses||2 all season||Dresses||2 summer|
|Suits||1 classic suit||Suits||2 classic suits|
|Jackets||2 all season||Jackets||1 wool blazer | 1 winter jacket | 2 summer|
|Outerwear||1 classic trench||Outerwear||1 hip-length | 1 lightweight spring|
|Shoes||1 pair dark | 1 pair neutral|
|Bag||1 leather shoulder | 1 tote|
This post was inspired by the ebook, Wardrobe Magic, by Diana Pemberton-Sikes. It is my take on building a basic wardrobe. To learn more and purchase your own for $24 visit her website at http://www.wardrobemagic.com/.