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Dress for Success: A Young Professional's Guide to Mastering Their Work Wardrobe

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From campus to corporate, learn ways to create a functional professional wardrobe.

 Whether you are preparing for your first job post grad or simply wanting a wardrobe update, here are some helpful tips to build the perfect professional wardrobe without breaking the bank.

  1. Start with the Basics

    It’s important to figure out your business attire dress code. If you work in an office with a business casual dress code, you might want to start with trousers, button down shirts, and sweaters. Business casual is the perfect route to go if you are unsure of what to buy, as it is not too casual and not too professional. If you need business professional attire, consider looking at dark colored suits, slacks, blazers, and longer dresses. Business professional attire for men and women features very tidy and tailored clothes.
  2. Invest in Quality

    Make sure the business attire you spend your money on lasts! Although it may seem easy to go with the cheapest option, consider spending a little more to receive better quality. Investing in quality professional dress can actually save you money in the long run.

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  3. Focus on the Fit

    You wouldn’t wear an uncomfortable pair of jeans to your friend’s birthday dinner, so why should you wear clothes that don’t fit you to work? You are more likely to wear properly fitting and comfortable clothes, so don’t waste your money on items that will only sit in your closet. Being comfortable means more confidence!
  4. Include Versatile Pieces

    When you have versatile pieces in your professional attire, it cuts down on time, effort, and cost. Versatile professional dress means that many items compliment each other. This makes for a seamless process when getting ready in the morning, leaving more time for sleep or breakfast! If you invest in versatile items you will spend less on items that only work with a few others. Basic and versatile pieces are also great additions to wear in your personal life. Having a wardrobe that suits all occasions helps save even more money.
  5. Embrace Neutral and Timeless Pieces

    Although it’s fun to participate in the newest fashion trend you see on TikTok, it’s more beneficial to buy clothes that you’ll love years from now. Choosing a neutral color palette for your professional wardrobe not only saves you money, but also ensures that your attire stays relevant and suitable for years to come. Neutral colors are universally accepted in the professional workplace, making them a safe and versatile option.

As you build your professional wardrobe, remember it’s not just about the clothes themselves. Instead focus on curating a collection of professional attire that lets your unique style and personality shine through!


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