How to Transition Your Wardrobe from College to Career

Look 3: Going Out

Though you’re going to miss frat row and your favorite bar on campus, life after college offers a bevy of different nightlife options. Instead of sporting what you would wear to a frat party, allow us to show you what you should wear to a night on the town.

Most collegiettes love sporting a sexy mini dress when they go out; however, the “leave nothing to the imagination” dress doesn’t cut it… especially once you’re a post-collegiette. For a sultry and sophisticated outfit, highlight one body part. “If you are showing a lot of leg with a short dress, make sure the neckline isn’t too low cut,” Kaufman says. “And vice versa.” Not only is this W118 by Walter Baker Dianne dress super elegant, the subtle peplum and snakeskin jacquard will make you stand out.

Just because you’re painting the town red doesn’t mean you have to wear a dress; however, pairing a plain shirt with heels won’t make the sartorial cut. “If you’re not in a dress mood, skinny jeans and a silk flowy tank top or button down look amazing for a night out,” Kaufman says. According to this style expert, fabrics such as silk and leather will instantly mature your ensemble. Unleash your wild side with this printed tank ($48). If you’re looking for a top that goes from work to post-work cocktails, try Uniqlo’s silk blouse ($50).

A fun-filled night calls for layers of accessories, right? Not necessarily. While adding a statement necklace, glitzy earrings, a cocktail ring and a wrist full of bracelets does sound tempting, it’s not always a good idea. “Go easy on the accessories,” warns Kaufman. “Too many accessories can make you look younger than you are.” In order to give your outfit some pizzazz, while keeping it age-appropriate, Kaufman suggests sporting a statement necklace or an out-of-this-world pair of earrings. This statement necklace ($27) will give your ensemble a necessary pop of color while these BCBG chandelier earrings ($68)are the ultimate finishing touch for a feminine outfit. It seems like Coco Chanel was right when she said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.”

Though dressing like a collegiette is now second nature, it’s important to sport your updated ensembles with confidence. Regardless of which tweaks you make to your “career” wardrobe, embracing the switch is the best (and most effective) way to show everyone that you’re a mature post-grad.