DEAR CLOSET: IT’S TIME TO GROW UP

2 Alas, weekends – especially holiday weekends – always seem to fly by, and before we know it, it’s Monday once again. To my fellow Americans, I hope you all had an amazing, festive 4th of July weekend! I saw tons of amazing photos on Instagram and Snapchat, and it’s always so fun to live vicariously through your fun photos! Last week, I mentioned about trying to mature my post-graduation wardrobe, so today, while I’m preparing a post on the side to share with you later on this week about my 4th of July staycation adventures, I wanted to delve a little more into that. During college, I dressed with one thought cemented in my mind: I am a student, so I shall dress as a student. I’ve always been a firm believer that one should dress to one’s age (I think this is something that’s been ingrained in me from my dad’s strict parenting rules). In college, it was all about jeans, comfortable flat shoes to hike to class and to club meetings, school logo sweatshirts, and book bags/backpacks during the daytime, while ittybitty bodycon skirts and stiletto heels dominated nighttime social gatherings. Post-graduation, however, things become a little different. With graduation comes the first step out into the real world, and with that comes bumping out some most of the collegiate-wear and embracing more professional hemlines, silhouettes, and prints. Below are just a few tips on upgrading your wardrobe that I picked up over the past couple of years:

  • Instead of leggings or sweatpants, try relaxed-fit jeans, or even joggers (like this one from Joe’s) – they’re just as comfortable but look 100% more chic, especially when paired with a sleek heel.
  • Rather than reaching for your free promotional plastic sunglasses (or those $5 pairs you get from the campus fair), upgrade to a chic pair with actual UV protection, like this super popular Dior “So Real” pair  – it doesn’t have to be expensive or designer; it just has to protect your eyes!
  • Donate or sell your short cut-offs and replace your shorts collection with clean, tailored versions. A scalloped trim provides an elevated and chic uplift!
  • Swap your backpack/book bag for a sleek leather tote bag that can easily hold everything you need everyday while adding a touch of mature sophistication to your outfit.
  • Opt for an A-line (this Topshop suede skirt is super versatile!) or shift silhouette instead of a bodycon one for your night out on the town (bonus: this time, you won’t have to keep remembering to suck in your stomach or do last-minute squats!).
  • When it comes to shoes, replace your flip-flops with a pair of minimalist yet sophisticated slide sandal or a chic strappy gladiator. Toss the worn-out dancing shoes and invest in some statement-making caged heels, like this one from BCBG, that will easily work with a wide range of heel-appropriate events. Ditch the dirty beat-up sneakers and go for an eye-catching pair of Via Spiga flats.
  • Wear your college-logo tees as pajamas instead. Change up your daytime casual look with a graphic tee that happens to be super versatile – go weekend-chic with a pair of boyfriend jeans, or tuck it into a midi skirt for a more professional but cool look.
  • Still attached to your lanyard? Keep it safe in your memory box, and tote your keys around instead with a cool key chain (like this Rebecca Minkoff tassled fob).

Of course, the possibilities don’t end there, but for those looking to upgrade their wardrobe, the above provide some great guidelines to help you get started. Do you have your own tips on dressing like an adult post-graduation? I’d love to hear them! As always, thanks so much for reading! 2 2 2 2

Top: Express (similar here and here) Skirt: Nordstrom (longer lengths here and here) Sandals: Nine West Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target (similar)

Photos by H

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10 thoughts on “DEAR CLOSET: IT’S TIME TO GROW UP

  1. I’m a post-grad too! My tip is to invest in quality basics! For instance a quality blazer works for the job and the social stuff – I think this applies to quite a few pieces!

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