Fashion Essentials for the Career Girl

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After having spent over 5 years in the career world one thing I have come to realize is, the way you carry yourself is just as important as getting the job done. As a young woman looking to move up the ladder, you’re going to have be the complete package, and the complete package not only has the skills but also the fashion essentials that commands the respect of her peers. Check out my suggestions for fashion essentials every career girl should have.

A Well Tailored Suit

Depending on where you work a suit may not be necessary for everyday work wear, but a situation may arise where you’ll need to look your professional best. When I worked for one of the top salon chains in the country, business casual wear was perfectly fine for everyday wear. When it was announced that the CEO would be stopping by, however, I knew my cardigan and camisole tops would not be appropriate. That is just one of the many situations where you are going to need a well tailored suit. Some of my favorite places to shop for suits are Macy’s, The Limited, and New York and Company.


Pumps are one of my favorite footwear. They are very versatile, and depending on how they are styled, they can be worn at both work and at happy hour. Black and nude pumps are perfect for the office because they are closed toe closed heel, and are very classy. Pumps also go with just about every other fashion essential from a pants suit to a work dress. They are the most essential footwear and every career girl should own a pair. One of my favorite places to shop for pumps is DSW, they offer a wide selection at very affordable prices.

A Satchel

I’m a huge lover of handbags. I buy one when I ace a class, on my birthday, or when I need a pick me up. Handbags are my guilty pleasure. My closet is full of handbags of all kinds, but when it comes to work nothing quite beats the satchel. Satchels are very functional, super roomy for all your career girl essentials, and can add a very modern, stylish feel to your work wear. Some of my favorite places to shop for satchels are Macy’s, T.J.Maxx and Ross.

Appropriate Accessories

Aside from you handbag and shoes, accessories are a great choice for adding a bit of flare to your work outfit. You have to be careful, however, not to over do it. Appropriate accessories for work include a simple yet stylish watch (of course), tennis bracelets, and knob earrings. Depending on how you style your piece you can also wear statement necklaces, though I would advise to keep other accessories to a minimum. You can find accessories for work just about anywhere, and they are often great sales on jewelry at department stores.

Do you have any suggestions for fashion essentials for the career girl? Feel free to comment below.


Fashion Essentials for the Career Girl