12 Wardrobe Essentials Every Fresh Grad Needs to Invest In After College

by Leika Golez   |  Dec 2, 2022
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If you’re graduating from college soon, it’s high time for a wardrobe revamp. No matter how much you love your go-to hoodie and beat-up kicks, those items won’t serve you well in the ~real world~. As you enter this new phase in your life, you might find your style shift into something more mature and less casual. Of course, different careers call for different kinds of clothes, but there are some closet basics that every fresh grad should always keep handy. Check them out below to narrow down your shopping list! 

12 Wardrobe Essentials Every Fresh Grad Needs to Invest In After College

1. Button-down Shirt

Button-down shirts are perfect for both office days and errand runs. The key is to find a fabric and color you like! 

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2. Plain Top

Basic tops that come in neutral hues will never do you wrong. 

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3. Blazer

This list wouldn’t be complete without blazers. They’re a corporate OOTD staple, but you can also dress them down with rugged pieces! 

4. Cardigan

We also suggest buying plain cardigans just in case your office has a tight dress code. Perfect for layering, too! 

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5. Midi Dress

Beyond looking elegant and timeless, midi dresses are so easy to style. 

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6. Little Black Dress 

Fresh grad or not, an LBD is a non-negotiable piece. Tip: Spice it up with some heels and fine jewelry. 

7. Trousers

A well-fitted pair of trousers will make you look *legit* in business meetings and quarterly reports. 

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8. Jeans 

Yes, you can keep your favorite jeans, but make sure they still fit you well! You’ll need them for casual Fridays and after-work dinners. 

9. Pencil Skirt

If you’re not a slacks kind of gal, a pencil skirt is a great alternative that looks just as stylish. Choose one that falls right below your knee for an ultra-flattering fit! 

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10. Pumps 

FYI, comfy heels do exist! Start with pumps that are two to three inches tall so you can practice your strut without unnecessary pain. 

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11. Sneakers

On tamad days, slip on your favorite sneakers for a fuss-free OOTD. Just give your go-to pair from college a refresh so they don’t look too shabby! 

12. Tote Bag 

It’s worth investing in a spacious tote bag where you can store all your work essentials. That way, you can finally part ways with your six-year-old backpack. 

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