Sometime this past week I realized that my upcoming graduation (which is in less than a month, God willing) and transition from school to career will have an effect on my wardrobe.
I can't believe this didn't occur to me before, but it's a no-brainer that my typical college jeans-tee-sweater combination is not going to fly in the working world. Luckily, there is a very wise person in my life who had the common sense to purchase a suit and a couple of nice shirts for me for job fairs, interviews, etc. What would I do without her? Thank goodness I don't have to start a work wardrobe from scratch!
I bought several blouses this month (included in my upcoming budget post!) because my wardrobe was pretty weak in that department. I'm also toying with the idea of adding a new blazer and maybe a couple of new accessories, but my April budget won't cover those. Ah well, maybe next month. The goal is to keep things relatively simple and just add a few key pieces to mix and match with what I already own.
I'm also trying to decide how much casual clothing I actually need and what I want to keep. Basically, my work-to-casual ratio needs to be a bit more balanced. I know that I own more clothing than I actually need, which is fine, but at the same time I don't want to be excessive.
Anyone else in the same boat? I've compiled a short list of articles, all of which I've found to be helpful as I try to figure this out. Some of them describe wardrobes that are pretty formal, but I think the advice can be tailored to fit the needs of the reader:
- How to Put Together a Professional Wardrobe After College
- How to Transition Your Wardrobe from College to Career
- Building a Big-Girl Wardrobe: 3 Transitional Pieces that Bridge the Gap Between Campus and Career
- Young Professional Clothing Advice for College Graduates
If you've already been through this transition, do you have any tips?
Thank you for reading!