One of the hardest things as a student entering the professional workplace is transitioning into an appropriate work look without spending a fortune. The key is versatility. Instead of having separate clothes for work, classes, and going out; purchase a few pieces that can work for all occasions.
One item I believe everyone woman should own is a great blazer, such as Target’s Merona Women’s Ponte Blazer. Blazers are an easy way to add a professional vibe to any outfit. This specific blazer comes in basic neutrals, allowing it to match with most everything one might already own. Wear it to the office with suit pants, skirts and dresses; or throw it on with a silk blouse and jeans for a more casual appeal. It truly looks great with every outfit, plus it can double as a light jacket for late nights or cool mornings.
I also think every girl needs a dress that can become instant perfection for any occasion. Personally, I am a huge fan of H&M’s jersey dresses (I own about 5 in a variety of colors and styles). The short-sleeved jersey dress is a perfect option as the summer rolls in. Aside from it being super light and comfortable, it is also easily dressed both up and down. With a great heel, stockings and a statement necklace, it’s an ideal office piece. Going out after work or have a last-minute date? Put on some flats, lose the stockings and Viola!: you have a casual look for the bars or a movie.
Another closet-essential for the working student is a button- up shirt like the Convertible Sleeve Portofino Shirt from Express. With 18 playful colors, this shirt can add a pop of personality to an otherwise generic ensemble. Not only does it look great tucked into a pencil skirt or paired with a pantsuit, it is also a cute and casual option to be paired with fitted jeans and booties.