5 professional pieces you must have in your wardrobe

Entering the professional world can be a daunting experience. I’m graduating this semester, so I really understand. But one way that you can prepare for it (instead of scrambling to look like an adult before your first interview) is getting your wardrobe “She-E-O” ready now.

Here are a handful of fashionable staples:


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Nothing says “take me seriously” like a good jumpsuit. They can be sexy and sophisticated and are available in several styles for all personalities. If you’re not sure if you want to work in a formal or casual office, they can easily be dressed up or down. This also makes them ideal for either a coffee or traditional interview.

Nude Heels

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Every woman should own a nude heel. They go with everything and come in almost every style you can think of — even comfortable ones. You can pair them with boyfriend jeans for a casual Friday or dress up your jumpsuit for a boost of confidence.

Pro tip: If you’re breaking heels in, store a pair of flats in your car or bag in case your feet start to hurt or you get blisters.


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Gone are the days of briefcases. But that doesn’t mean you can shove your laptop, planner, phone or any other essentials into your weekend bag. With so many brands accommodating the versatile lives of bosses, you’ll be able to find one that suits your style.


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Depending on where you work, you most likely don’t have to wear a jacket everyday. However, you never know when your boss might surprise you with a meeting or event that requires one.

Whether it be for your initial interview and never gets used until your next one, it’s a must backup piece that you never know when you’ll use.


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Being on time is essential for building a solid career relationship with peers and management. And yes, you do have a clock on your phone that can you can set reminders, but other people don’t know if you’re checking the time or your texts.

This accessory can also be a way to show a little personality in a professional setting. Make a statement, keep up with the trends or stay classy.

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