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Monday, May 14th 2012

5 Smart Investments for the New Grad

Pomp and Circumstance has played, you have your diploma, and you’re almost ready for the real world. Life after graduation can be tumultuous, but there’s one thing you can control: your wardrobe. Ditch the hoodies, pack up the collegiate apparel, and check out our top five picks for a must-have post-grad wardrobe.

A Trench Coat
Timeless and practical, a great trench coat will be with you well past your five-year reunion. Look for a classic silhouette, like styles from Madewell and Club Monaco, and a tailored fit that doesn’t add bulk.
 
A Black Blazer
For work, cocktails, interviews, and beyond, a black blazer is indisputably the most versatile wardrobe must-have. Pick a style with clean lines to keep it dateless, like the latest from Smythe and Theory.

A Leather Bag
Say goodbye to that beat-up messenger bag and invest in a logo-free leather tote that is presentable and goes with everything. Madewell and 3.1 Phillip Lim both offer a wide variety.
 
A Black Pump
The go-to shoe of the working world! A slim wedge offers day-long support, and there is no better friend to the foot than a padded footbed. Select a style from Jean-Michel Cazabat or Loeffler Randall.

A Silver Watch
A silver timepiece makes a professional and mature statement. Polished links and an un-adorned dial keep it sleek. Turn to Nixon and Michael Kors watches for affordable yet luxurious selections.

--Libby S.

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