9 Fall Essentials Every Career Girl Should Have In Her Closet

To build one wardrobe into many – a career girl, defined as the girl who is chasing her dreams and pounding the pavement daily with a vision, should always keep some essential pieces in her wardrobe. We know this may not be news for some of you, but consider it not only a refresher but take these tips to your closet and assess your situation. Is it time for a wardrobe upgrade? We’re big believers in seasonal wardrobes, you can put some of your key summer items in storage for now (think bikinis, patterned shorts and crocheted capes) and bring out these seasonal essentials every time it starts to get a little colder.

A great blazer

A brilliantly tailored sporty blazer that fits your shape and is comfortable in movement will be your go-to wardrobe piece. Obviously, you will have a classier blazer in your perfect suit, so why not make this one a little fun. Be it camel or orange, side splits or zipper pockets, find a cut and style that will be appropriate for professional settings and dressed chic for a casual affair. So give yourself the “I love me” test and hug tightly, because a perfect fitting blazer will stick with you for seasons to come. Peplum Jacket, River Island

A timeless watch

Every career girls needs a “smart” watch to complete her ensemble…and it doesn’t necessarily have to be just for checking the time. A designer watch is a savvy way to incorporate color, style and personality into your office look without distracting attention from your power presentation. You know this is an all-year essential, but you might want to buy yourself a little present to cheer yourself up as it gets darker. Tory Watch, Tory Burch

A sheath dress

Versatile and classic, a sheath dress is a seamless addition to a career girls wardrobe. For those moments when you are too tired to coordinate pieces and you’ve forgotten to set your alarm clock, slip on a perfectly coordinated dress to suit one of your blazers or wear with a blouse or turtleneck underneath. Once again, you will discover 4-5 outfits within one little dress. Sleeveless Dress, H&M

Flats

Let’s face it, long work days were made for these and when you need something more polished than your trainers, but just as comfy and a lot more fashionable ballerina flats are the best. A chic pair of ballet flats in animal print or a bold color can turn that basic skirt suit, with the right accessories, into another masterpiece for the week. Of course, nude and black are the most neutral building blocks to your career wardrobe don’t be afraid to splurge on a fancy pair. Ballet Flat, Aldo

Dark Denim

Casual Fridays cannot come fast enough. But is this feeling really because you are looking forward to the weekend or to slipping on an ultra-flattering pair of straight leg dark wash jeans. Hmmm. A classic pair of dark denim jeans will make you look polished in the office setting and can be worn a million different ways. Easing the tensions of Monday – Thursday past, casual Friday is definitely the exhaling moment of the week – so just go there, exhale! Basic Jeans, Zara

Basic pumps

Classic black or nude pumps will never get enough wear. Whether interviewing for your perfect job or seeking a wardrobe boost for a promotion, they are simply a nifty buy for any profession. An investment in a not too trendy pointy toe or round toe pump with a heel under 3-inches will give you more value for your money. Rock them with skinny ankle pants for a day of business meetings, dark denim and a blazer for casual Friday, or the sheath dress for an after work event. Nude Leather Pumps, Charles by Charles David

The scarf

Scarves have become an accessory must-have throughout the seasons. Therefore consider adding one, two, or three to your wardrobe. The scarf is a layering piece that can be worn in many ways as the finisher to your look. Wear it as a colorful touch to your suit, a classic drape for your trench, or tie a European knot to jazz up a basic tee on casual Friday. If you have a minute or four, here are 25 cool ways to tie your new accessory. Watercolor Floral Square Scarf, Urban Outfitters

Trench coat

Before you head out on a rainy day, crisp spring morning or during the a.m. autumn dew a trench coat can make practically any outfit look chic. Cotton Trench Coat, Karen Millen

Tote bag

Your career girl wardrobe is never complete without a classy tote, no matter how practical that backpack may appear. A career girl should always have a structured, roomy tote on hand. If you commute, a cool tote is priceless. Not only is it multi-functional, a timeless color such as black or cognac will work with most outfits and will last for years to come. Reversible Faux Leather Tote, Street Level