I just graduated from college in May & took the whole summer off to take a break & relax. Next month I'm going to start a position with a very conservative company & I have no idea what to wear! I've never had to dress up for a job before so I'm almost starting from scratch. I basically can't wear most of my clothes! I want to look professional, but not have to wear slacks & a collared shirt everyday. Also, do you know of a really good/comfortable pair of black heeled shoes that's also cute? I know this may be a lot to ask, but I don't know what to wear! Please help me!My suggestion is to invest in a nice three piece suit to get yourself started. Find something where you're comfortable wearing the skirt, blazer and pants in combination and with other pieces. The tops can be a lot less expensive if you have a good base to start:
p.s. I don't mind spending more money on staple pieces like shoes or a blazer, but please keep in mind that I'm a recent graduate so I don't have too much money to spend!! I'm going to have to start paying for my loan soon!
Suit - This trio is wool crepe from J.Crew in dark grey. It's on sale but still not cheap. Try Club Monaco (and even maybe Express) for other great options. You could wear the blazer with tweed pants, other skirts or trouser jeans. And the pants and skirt with almost any top.
Turtleneck - My new favorite from Forever21.
Ruffled Shirt - So fun. Pair with a cardigan on top during the colder months.
Cardigan - Always great for the office. From Old Navy.
Sweater - White cableknit is a warm way to dress for the office in the winter.
Shoes - These black pumps from Naturalizer are going to be super comfortable. The twist detail and patent finish keeps them looking young.
Good luck with your new job Val!