How To Turn Your Wardrobe From Student To Professional
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How To Turn Your Wardrobe From Student To Professional

Zoe Kramer November 20, 2022

If you’re near the end of your degree, or if you’re taking on an internship before you graduate, you’ll want to start turning your wardrobe from student to professional. Even if you’re not actively looking for a job, it never hurts to be prepared for later on. But if you’ve never had to dress professionally before, it’s hard to know where to start. Plus, shopping for the office is not quite as fun as shopping for every-day outfits. But fear not, business casual doesn’t have to mean boring. Here are some essentials to start creating a more grown-up and sophisticated look.

Swap your backpack for a satchel

Backpacks are great for uni life, but bringing one into work is a telltale sign that you’re the intern, or the recent graduate. To make the best impression, choose a satchel instead. They have almost the same carrying capacity as a backpack, and can find laptops, binders, and anything else you might need to bring with you.

Invest in a blazer

Blazers are an item that can dress up almost any outfit. Wearing one over a regular dress or blouse is just the touch it needs to be office-ready. When you purchase a blazer, make sure it fits you well. The seam should be lined up with your shoulders, and should feel fitted but not tight. The hem should skim your hipbone, and the sleeves should leave room for 1/2 inch of cuff.

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Get some dress pants

Most university students rely on a combination of jeans, sweatpants and/or leggings. Unfortunately, these options aren’t the best for work. Don’t worry, though, dress pants don’t have to be uncomfortable. Opt for a soft and stretchy fabric to maximize comfort.

Opt for a button-down

Button-downs are a fail safe for work attire, so having at least one is a good idea. It’s worth noting, though, that not all button-downs are created equal. You’re best off with one made of a fabric that doesn’t wrinkle too much, so you don’t have to iron it. Look for a polyester or polyester blend material.

Don’t forget about shoes

Your wardrobe isn’t complete without shoes to complete the outfit. You won’t want to wear trainers, and you won’t want to wear those clubbing heels, either. Loafers, Mary Janes, clogs or even a simple flat will do. Choose a colour that complements the majority of your clothing, whether that’s brown, black, beige, or white.

With these simple changes, you can turn your wardrobe from student to professional in no time.

See also: How To Arrange A Part Time Job While Studying

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.