“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have“, we hear that saying all the time in the workplace, but not knowing what essentials are needed in your career can make shopping for a work wardrobe very difficult. It took me awhile to figure out what essentials I needed in my work wardrobe but after a few years of being in the real world, I feel like I finally have it figured out! Better late than never, am I right?!
So here are the wardrobe essentials that all career girls should have to help advance their careers and feel more confident!
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#1 A Blazer
If you had to ask me what my “power piece” is from my wardrobe, hands down the first thing I would say is my blazer! I have a few blazers, but there are two in particular that the second I put them on – I feel like a total #bossbabe. You may have seen them in some of my pictures here on the blog and over on my Insta, I love them both so much.
Wearing a blazer shows that you mean business and it is also a confidence booster, so if you have a big presentation or meeting coming up – break out the blazer! It’s also super easy to style, you can wear them with dress pants, jeans, a dress and more. I work in Advertising, so our dress code is usually pretty casual. I love to wear my blazer with a cute pair of jeans and heels or flats to complete the look.
#2 A Tote Bag for Your Laptop
I have finally found the tote bag of my dreams, at a reasonable price! I had been searching forever, mostly because I just didn’t want to fork up a lot of money for a tote bag but Francesca’s was running a sale on their tote bags for just $25 and I just could NOT pass that up! So I finally have a tote bag that is professional AND fits my work laptop! It’s also my favorite purse to carry around basically all the time now 🙂
Having a professional tote bag will help when you need to go to meetings in other offices or when you’re traveling for work. Working in Advertising, I have to go to client meetings sometimes so having a bag that’s functional and professional is so important.
#3 Go-To Heels or Flats
If you’ve been following me for awhile, then you’ve probably noticed I’m a huge fan of flats. I wear them almost every day to work because they instantly dress up an outfit and plus they’re super comfy! That’s a win-win in my book.
Having go-to flats or heels for you career wardrobe is super important. When shopping for work shoes, make sure that the heels or flats you end up getting are comfortable enough for you to wear all day (believe me I learned that the hard way)! I am personally more of a flats kind of girl but either of these are good to have when putting together your career wardrobe.
#4 A Dress
Finding a professional dress can be difficult sometimes, but having one of these in your career wardrobe is key! I have a few dresses that I can wear to client meetings and easily throw a blazer over to make the look even more professional.
The key is to make sure that it’s something that would look professional with or without a blazer, cardigan, etc. It should also be an appropriate length, if it’s too short then it won’t look very professional. Here are some of my favorite dresses I’ve found online!
#5 A Neutral Watch
Make sure to pair your outfits with a neutral watch, they are a great accessory to pair with your outfit. I personally love wearing watches with my outfits at work because they’re great to use when you don’t have access to the time. I suggest going for a neutral colored watch when you’re shopping for your career wardrobe, so you can wear it with almost any outfit! Here are some of my picks for neutral watches that will be a great addition to any career wardrobe.
So there you have it, my top 5 career wardrobe essentials for every #bossbabe out there! Now it’s your turn, what are some of your favorite career wardrobe essentials you have in your closet?
Looking for more essentials tips? Check out my post on the essentials every side hustler needs!