With graduation now in the past, interviews (and hopefully jobs) have likely taken the place of your old class schedule—making you a pro at professional wear. We’re willing to bet, however, that when it comes to more-casual occasions, letting go of that ubiquitous college sweatshirt–and-jeans combo has been harder than you thought. Now that you’ve graduated, dressing might come as a surprising challenge, but not for long.
Here are some easy swaps for updating your casual go-tos from collegiate gear to adult-approved essentials.
We promise that they’re just as comfy and look twice as awesome.
Sunglasses elevate any look, so why not pick the coolest pair you can find? Your brand-emblazoned sunnies will pale in comparison to unique mirrored shades.
Fun details or layered jewelry make a cool shift dress nighttime appropriate and utterly sophisticated.
Your wedges have most likely seen better days (and nights). A pair of lace-up heels is just as comfortable but way sleeker.
Graphic tees look instantly cool, while sorority tanks should serve only to curb nostalgia.
Whether you go for a sleek minimalist style or prefer something with a bit more embellishment, slides are a serious improvement over rubber shower flip-flops but just as easy to wear.
A bandage skirt harks back to freshman year, while a classy A-line will carry your wardrobe for years to come.
Away from a college campus or gym, there are few places you can wear short shorts. A tailored pair, however, will always look amazing and appropriate.
The Laden Showroom x I Love Friday Stripe Shorts ($63)
A leather fringe version looks so much more put together and is just as easy to grab from the depths of your purse.
Save your sweats for lazing about the house. With a white tee and casual sandals, a pair of tailored joggers is perfect for your weekly brunch.
Perfect for work or just for running around town, a leather tote will take you all the places where a nylon mesh bag is just too casual.