Levi’s Skinny Jeans // Sam Edelman® “Felicia” Flats // COACH Turnlock Tote // MICHAEL Michael Kors® Zipper Waist Dress // Bulova® Diamond Watch // MICHAEL Michael Kors® Trench Coat // Lauren Jeans Co.® Wide-Leg Jumpsuit
Post graduation is a tricky and emotional time for many. All of a sudden you are thrust from your college safety net and cast out into the “real world”–how do you deal? Where will you work? How will you survive? Who made adulthood required? There are countless unanswered questions that accompany being a post-grad, but how to dress the part will no longer be one of them. Being an adult requires you to look the part–gone are the days where you can show up to class in sweatpants and a t-shirt. Adulthood means laundered shirts, crisp lines, and flattering silhouettes.
Everyone has their own unique style, but there are certain core pieces that every modern postgraduate should have in her arsenal, such as a well-made bag and a killer pair of jeans. I rounded up 7 key investment pieces that will last for years and will never go out of style. Time to take your graduation money (thanks, grandma!) and hit the store. Bring this list with you:
1. Skinny Jeans
This denim style will never not be in style, and is universally flattering if you take care to find a brand and pair that works for your body shape. I love Levi’s for their quality and dependability.
2. Ballet Flats
I love rocking heels as much as the next girl, but no style maven can deny the importance of having a quality pair of ballet flats in her wardrobe. It’s a good idea to always have a pair in your bag or at your desk for emergencies, or if you want to dress down for post-work happy hour.
3. Leather Tote
This is one of the most crucial investments–it will last you for years. Be sure to pick a neutral leather (black, navy, or cognac) to pair seamlessly with the rest of your wardrobe.
4. An LBD
You’ve heard this time and time again: the little black dress is the cornerstone of a woman’s wardrobe, and for good reason. If chosen correctly, an LBD should work for the office, the weekend, and last-minute events. Look for one that can easily be dressed up and down.
Personally, I check the time on my phone or laptop, but there’s no denying the classy look of a sleek watch. This piece of wrist candy is notoriously known as a great investment, so not only is it a stylish buy, it’s a smart one too. If you’re going to make the splurge, go for pure gold or silver.
6. Trench Coat
The trench style has been around since the mid-1800s, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Throw on a trench to turn a dreary, rainy day into a fashion statement. Look for styles with modern finishes, like some sleek hardware.
7. Versatile Jumpsuit
This is probably the most contemporary investment piece from the list. Jumpsuits have been making their mark on the fashion world lately for their versatility, and I can’t say I’m complaining. Just throw on a jacket and some shoes for a complete outfit in no time. Look for quality materials to make the investment worth it.
Now you’re ready to get shopping and curate your very own investment wardrobe to last your for years to come. Rock on, postgrad!