8 Things I Forced Myself to Stop Buying When I Got My First Job


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After priding myself on being a serial intern all throughout college, I was pretty confident in my "work wardrobe." I mean, I did end up getting offered a full-time position right after graduation, so I must have had the job and my look down pat, right? Wrong. Within my first few weeks on the job, I realized that I had basically been faking my office aesthetic that whole time. Essentially, I was playing the part versus living the life, and it was starting to show.

Yes, I had some of the few key players—a tailored blazer, a cute blouse, a good pair of pumps—but beyond that, my closet was still embarrassingly filled with my go-to college pieces (on which I prefer not to elaborate). In addition to the few office-appropriate items I had acquired, I found myself continuing to purchase pieces that I could never wear because I worked in a professional environment five of the seven days of the week. Clearly, I was a slow learner, but the good news is I rose from the ashes and am now proud of the work-appropriate (and chic) articles of clothing and accessories in my closet.

Now, as a 24-year-old young person, I am here to break down my personal journey of becoming a functioning and appropriately dressed working girl. Ahead, I dish on the items I had to force myself to stop buying and what I started buying instead. Rest assured that once you start carefully curating items you can get the most use out of at the office, getting dressed each day for work will no longer be the major stress fest it used to be.

Go on to find out every item I ditched once I got my first job and to shop the items I started buying instead.