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.