17 Things Every Recent Graduate Needs in Her Closet

Now that you’ve graduated (or will be in the coming weeks), it’s time to take a look at your closet and start thinking about whether you have all your bases covered! Are you set on going-out dresses but need some more professional pieces? Or are you desperate for some accessories to tie everything together? To help you out, today we’re bringing you 17 things every recent graduate should have in her closet.

Scroll through to see (and shop) the pieces that made the cut! 

Trousers are great to have on hand for interviews and events but can be paired with sneakers on the weekend for a street style–inspired look. 

Zara Skinny Trousers ($70) in Black

Tattered high-top Converse are great, but you need at least one pair of clean sneakers for times when those won’t fly. 

Superga 2750 Cotu Classic ($65) in White

A tote bag that you can wear both to work and on the weekend will save you having to switch purses while running out the door and add a mature element to your look. 

Need Supply Hudson Tote ($70) in Blue

Everyone needs a blazer—enough said. 

Madewell Lycée Drapey Blazer ($148) in Black

A good pair of non-basic flats is great for looking polished when you want to skip the heels and give your feet a break.  

Jeffrey Campbell Hey Juliet Flat ($148) in Black

A crisp button-down can make any outfit look more put together. 

Everlane The Long Sleeve ($60) in White Poplin

Not the sunglasses they handed out at football games and not your favourite $4 pair! It’s time for real protective lenses—do your eyes a favour.

Crap Eyewear The Tuff Patrol ($64) in Polished Nickel/Tortoise/Silver

Now that you won’t be partying dorm adjacent anymore, you’ll need a sleek clutch to hold your nighttime essentials. Be sure to choose a neutral print and colour to go with everything.   

Oliveve Cobra Anastasia Clutch ($145) in Black/White

You don’t need to retire your miniskirts, but adding something a little more professional to your arsenal is a good idea post-graduation. 

Mango Vent Pencil Skirt ($50) in Black

An everyday watch is a great base piece around which to build your signature jewellery look. 

Daniel Wellington Classic Cardiff Watch, 36mm ($199) in Rose Gold

No wardrobe is complete without (at least) one nice and clean T-shirt for when you need to look polished but casual. 

COS Neat-fit Cotton T-Shirt ($39) in White

Be sure to have a nice pair of black pumps (that you haven’t destroyed after endless club nights) to wear on important occasions. If you’re on a budget, we recommend opting for suede

Topshop Gemini Suede Court Shoes ($75) in Black

A simple black dress can be accessorized differently and worn over and over again—making it a great staple.  

Stelen Lane Dress ($110) in Black

A pair of dainty studs will go with anything, so you can put on a pair and basically forget they’re there. Who doesn’t love easy accessorizing?

Shashi Mini Ballerina Stud Earrings ($22) in Rose Gold/Clear

For day-to-night dressing, you’ll want a printed dress. Wear it with sandals or booties in the day then swap in heels and add a moto jacket for a night out. 

ASOS A Line Skater Dress in Texture in Large Floral Print ($63) in Multi 

Chunky-heeled ankle boots are worth the investment because you can wear them from day to night and to all different kinds of events. 

Rag & Bone Harrow Suede Booties ($525) in Hazel

Whatever your signature look is, give it a personal touch with some kind of personalised jewellery. 

Bauble Bar Initial Bar Pendant ($36) in Gold

How many of these item do you already own? Tell us in the comments!