|What to wear?
My suit has been dry-cleaned more times than my jeans have been washed this past few weeks, so I’ve decided it’s time to put my foot down and build a grown- up, mini-wardrobe that can get me through Student Government mixers, interviews and senate meetings. I’ve compiled a list of pieces for the girl that is constantly networking and attending events requiring business attire, or perhaps for the girl who holds an internship where business casual is expected.
The Building Blocks:
It all starts with a great-fitting pantsuit in black. Buy quality. You will undoubtedly be wearing this for a long time. If you find yourself trying to justify spending so much money for something that does not necessarily qualify as daywear, think of it like this: You will be wearing this when you most want to impress someone. Many will claim that looks don’t matter, but personal presentation speaks thousands about a person’s character. You cannot afford to look sloppy.
Great finds are always a constant at Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, J. Crew and department stores such as Macy’s.
Variety is the Spice of Life:
Great additions to mix and match your suit would include:
- A black pencil skirt that is preferably knee-length
- A grey or textured blazer that would go well with your black pieces
- A shift dress. Skip the spaghetti straps on this one, and make sure the straps are at least one inch wide. This dress can be worn alone where the occasion calls for business casual, but underneath a blazer for business professional attire
- A cotton or cashmere button-up sweater (you choose the color here) for business casual attire. I think J Crew or the Gap are definitely the way to go on this one.
The Foundation of the Foundation:
So what goes on underneath the power suit? In this area you can have more fun, but here are the bare basics:
– White, collared, button-up shirt.
– A blouse in a fun color and in a nice material such as silk. Have fun here with bows and frills, just make sure it’s not too distracting, or worse, revealing.
– A skinny black belt (if that’s your preference) to loop around your trousers when your shirt is tucked in. I find that exposed belt loops are distracting and look sloppy, so always opt for a belt if belt loops are exposed.
– Underwear with smooth lines. Visible panty lines = distracting.
– Black pumps. The experts say to keep them under two inches, but I say have a little fun. As long as you didn’t borrow them from a stripper, no one will think you are one.
– Strand of pearls. Fake, real, inherited, or borrowed, these are simply a classic that speaks polished and sophisticated.
– A white seamless cami to wear underneath a sweater, a slightly sheer shirt, or even underneath your suit when you’re in a bind.
Bottom line is, although these cannot be qualified as universal college wardrobe essentials, they certainly are useful and even necessary for some girls, so have some fun with it!
♥AUTHOR: MARIA GALINDO