Calling all baby girls, this one is for my new college grads! I’m soon to join y’all on the other side of the “best years of my life” and I find myself wondering how my I’m going to translate my carefully carefree wardrobe that I have spent my entire young adult career building, into a newer, more professional work environment.
I wouldn’t say I have no professional clothing whatsoever, having accumulated some over the years of college meetings, job fairs, and the occasional interview. However, my ratio of non business clothing to traditional business clothing is heavily unbalanced and with reason! So what do I do with all of these “spring break clothes” in my closet and the pressure of an empty professional closet but the hope of a professional career ahead of me? Should I buy a bunch of clothes that I don’t like just to fit in, and hope that I figure it all out as I go? No. I’d rather just make due with what I have, and explore with my options and I how to bring my previous style into my present situation.
Now, I wish I had a step-by-step guide for you guys, but really the biggest piece of advice that I have is to look at what clothes you already own and use general common sense to decipher what is acceptable for a workplace and what isn’t. Obviously you won’t be wearing that cute jean mini skirt that you bought last summer, but something like those pastel trouser pants that were so on trend last spring or even these flowing striped trousers that I have on in these pictures are something that can be paired with professional basics like a modest sweater or a loose fitting button down that can bring you fashionably into the work scene without breaking your bank OR turning you into a boring pants suit wearing dud.
Guys, I am by NO MEANS saying that professional clothing is boring and the people who wear them aren’t fashionable. There are so many divas who are KILLING the pants suit game. I am only saying that, if you’re like me and your personal style doesn’t not really fit a professional office setting, there are ways you can work around the stigmatized office attire and still be respectful to your employer and your career!
That’s all I got for ya! Thanks for reading!