The Wardrobe Essentials Every Career Girl Needs

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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

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  1. I LOVE these wardrobe pieces, especially the dresses! I really need to revamp my wardrobe, since I had a baby five weeks ago. I feel like I am still transitioning from maternity clothes to some of my old clothes, and I might just buy a few pieces in my size right now to make myself feel better!

  2. I am currently trying to build up my professional wardrobe for my career as well as for networking events. I work in a pretty conservative industry which really goes against my natural sense of style and I sort of hate business clothes but I am TRYING to get into it. You have picked so many gorgeous pieces, you’re inspiring me <3

  3. Yes to all of this. I need to get a big tote though so I can carry my laptop whenever I need to carry it. I love wearing blazers with jeans. Looks so chic and classy.

  4. I agree about how a blazer makes you feel like a total boss babe instantly! I don’t like to feel overly formal in a business casual atmosphere, so I like to do similar to what you did and pair a blazer with a cute pair of jeans on Fridays.

  5. I couldn’t agree more! I have all of these besides for a blazer because I’m petite and I’m super picky about how I want my blazer to be. I need to just buy one and get it tailored.

  6. I am still working on my career wardrobe….haha. I think because I work in a library I don’t necessarily need to be super “businessy” plus I can continue wearing my typical librarian attire (cardigans and loafers.) A neutral watch is definitely something I want. Minimal + simple! The thing is, I hate things around my wrist, especially all day at work hahah. But I like being able to tell the time without needing my phone!

  7. Thankfully I don’t have to dress up often however I have my go to’s for those particular days. I actually dress myself based on the capsule wardrobe and I didn’t even realize it until I saw info on Pinterest lol I have the basic dress pant, skinny dress pants, cardigans, a good comfy dress shoe. Can’t go wrong with the basics.

  8. I definitely agree with these essentials! I also say every career girl needs one very good, basic pair of pants – they can be slacks or skinny dress pants or quality black leggings, but I always reach for my basic pants (mine are black ponte pants from J. Crew!) when I don’t know exactly what the dress code is.

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