Whether you’re fresh in your career or just transitioning into a new office space, building your perfect #GirlBoss wardrobe is no easy feat— no matter how many episodes of Sex and the City you’ve watched. But not to worry, we’re giving you the 6 closet essentials you definitely need to land the job of your dreams— and feel fantastic while doing it.
#1. A Polished and Professional Bag
No CEO is complete without a great bag to pack everything she needs to tackle all of work and life’s responsibilities. Look for a bag that has plenty of room to carry exactly what you need throughout the day— phone, wallet, keys, makeup essentials, and work necessities. The perfect bag should be functional and have space for your laptop and even a notebook, but you shouldn’t have to sacrifice style. A large leather tote bag gives you the real estate space you need to be ready for anything, while still looking refined and totally professional.
Bonus: If you find a bag that can transition from day to night, buy it now. No questions asked— this rare find is an invaluable asset to your wardrobe and your career.
#2. An Elegant Watch
When you’re a busy professional, there’s no greater resource than time— but time doesn’t hold much value if you can’t see it. A rose gold watch for women is a feminine, professional accessory that can add a little interest to your daily work look. What’s more? A watch is functional and shows your colleagues, potential interviewers, and your boss that you’re serious about meeting deadlines and moving up!
#3. Classic, Refined Separates
Every female professional needs a classic blazer and a professional pair of slacks or a skirt. We’re not saying you have to go full-on pantsuit here, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with that— we hear pant suits have made a recent comeback in the Girl Boss world. If pant suits aren’t your thing, opt for a clean black blazer and a neutral skirt or pair of pants that fit you perfectly. Keyword: perfectly. Nothing’s worse than showing up to an interview or professional meeting in an outfit that doesn’t fit you quite right. If you can’t find separates that fit you right, do yourself a favor and get them tailored— trust us, it’s worth the investment. When your clothes feel great, you’ll feel like the confident pro you really are.
#4. A Piece That Reflects Your Personality
Just because you’ve conformed to the realities of corporate America, doesn’t mean you have to give up your personal style. While it is important to dress professionally for your interview or day-to-day (if your office requires business attire), there are still plenty of ways you can let your uniqueness shine through! Try incorporating cool accessories like a handmade pair of earrings or pair your professional blazer with a funky blouse to show off your sense of style while still fitting into the company culture.
#5. A Pair of Trusty Dark Blue Jeans
Casual Friday, anyone? A lot of offices have adopted more casual office dress code guidelines, so this day off from pencil skirts and blouses may not be a thing for you— but either way, a fitted pair of dark jeans is a must-have for any wardrobe. Dark jeans tend to look more professional than light washes so if your workplace has a more casual environment, these could probably even pass for everyday wear!
#6. Shoes, Shoes, Shoes
Whether you opt for comfy flats or a polished pair of heels, we all know that shoes make a statement. A great pair of shoes can make you feel unstoppable from the moment you walk to your next meeting to the time you finally kick back and relax after a long day of “kicking tasks.” Whether you’re a heels or flats kind of gal, make sure your shoes are functional and comfortable above all.
Ultimately, your hard work and dedication to your craft is what’s really going to land you the job of your dreams. But confidence in your closet goes a long way when you’re stacked up against tough competition. Use these tips to help you pick out the wardrobe essentials you need to be the Girl Boss you really want to be!