College is the pivotal time where we make connections, become young professionals, and endure presentations and interviews galore. For me, college was the time I began to work in a professional environment and wanted my coworkers to take me seriously though I was still a student. A wardrobe is utterly important to looking professional and taking that next step into the “real world.” Like Gary always says: “dress for the job you want to have.” Here are a few staples I think every college girl needs in her wardrobe and what to wear to different activities.
Every college girl needs the following in her wardrobe:
01. Blazer(s) – Blazers are obviously an essential for class presentations and interviews. I recommend buying a black and a light, blush pink (almost cream colored) blazer. These two colors got me through my whole college career – I highly recommend them.
02. Blouses – I’m not a huge fan of the traditional work blouses, but there are some comfortable ones out there. H&M has a good selection of blouses to choose from that won’t break the bank. I recommend a few different colors like grey, white, striped, light pink, and patterned.
03. Suit pants – Another essential for class presentations and interviews. I recommend a long, black pair and some patterned ones as well. During college, I really loved wearing skinny chinos and suit pants from H&M. They have a really good selection – plus, they have some really cute patterns!
04. Comfortable flats – Comfortable flats were huge for me in college. I’m not comfortable in heels, so I always opted for flats. You will get tons of use out of a black pair of flats! I recommend these.
What to wear to class
For class, I think it’s important to dress in a way that exudes professionalism but is comfortable since you’re in class for long hours. Jeans can be styled to look more dressed up than they actually are. I loved wearing jeans with a sweater or cardigan for a dressier feel. Styled with flats or with your shirt tucked in, they’re so cute!
For the internship or part-time job
For an internship or part-time job, you’ll most likely have some sort of dress code. I worked in extremely casual work environments, so I was able to wear jeans all the time. However, if you’re work environment is a little less casual but you can still wear jeans, make them look a little more buttoned-up with a pair of heels or nice jacket.
For the interview
When interviewing, how you dress depends largely on what kind of job you’re interviewing for. I studied human resource management and entrepreneurship, so for my interviews, I tried to emulate what people who work in those careers dress like.
What are some other staples you think every college girl needs in her wardrobe?