You made it. You graduated, nailed that interview, and landed your dream job. Now all you need is a wardrobe to match your new grown-up life—which doesn’t mean sticking with the standbys that got you through your youth. You need to start building a closet with those classic, professional pieces to set the sartorial foundation for your future.
To help you out, we’re arming you with tips on what to toss after you get your first adult job.
Keep scrolling to check out what exactly to toss and shop the swaps that will make you feel that much more confident as you continue on into your twenties, thirties, and beyond.
You’re a grown-up now; there’s no need to wear those leggings so much. While a pair totally works with a chunky sweater on the weekends, try a nice pair of jeans with a little stretch, too. You’ll come across much more sophisticated.
That super-inexpensive blazer with the three-quarter-length sleeves just won’t cut it anymore. While you don’t need to spend a fortune on a crazy-expensive option, choose a style in a classic shape that has a bit of structure to polish up your work ensembles.
It’s time to rethink those scratched, scuffed, and unsupportive ballet flats you’ve worn into the ground for years. Try a sleek, pointed iteration that’ll elevate your overall look and work on the weekends and during your 9-to-5 life, too.
While totally great for lugging groceries, that free tote bag you picked up on campus doesn’t bode well for a woman with a grown-up job. Swap yours for a nice tote instead.
Inexpensive jewelry—especially items made of copper—can turn your skin green. Which, let’s be honest, isn’t a good look on anyone. Go for nicer pieces that won’t immediately have you looking like Kermit the Frog.
There’s nothing wrong with picking up a dress you love last minute, but forget about those styles you bought just because it was on super-sale. Invest in a pretty, quality dress you can wear on a multitude of occasions.
What items do you think you should stop wearing in your twenties? Let us know in the comments below.