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What are some must-have items for someone in their early 20s?

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  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    oliviascankles

    A black dress that isn't a 'little black dress' for going out, but rather one that you can use for serious occasions from an interview to a funeral. In my early 20s, many of my friends didn't have this kind of dress and had to go shopping for it at the last-minute under very inconvenient circumstances.
  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    kdennis

    I would say a pair of black non-jean pants that are not leggings! Some people like ponte pants for this, but just a versatile pair of pants that you can wear for a presentation at work.
  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    DistantBrilliance

    25 here. I was in for a rude awakening when I moved from college in the south to NYC for an office job at 22. Definitely still trying to figure it out but some items have been a godsend: * Uniqlo legging pants. These have been a great transition from my college athleisure days into something more adult. They are basically leggings but look like real pants and everyone assumes they are real pants. I have a couple pairs in the denim color that look like jeans, and a pair each of black and burgundy. Not exactly work appropriate but I'll get away with it on Fridays. * For cardigans, I also love the Uniqlo merino wool cardigans for winter and the sheer ones for summer. I probably have at least 10. Perfect to mix and match when you need something to cover your shoulders in the office, or keep in your bag when you're out on the town and know you'll need it in the air conditioned subway car * Low heel ankle booties (Sam Edelman or Sole Society) * Favorite winter work outfit: Turtleneck sweater paired with a-line skirt (wool or wool blend), black tights and heeled ankle boots * A comfortable and flattering black blazer that you can throw on in a pinch to instantly up the professionalism of an outfit * Knee length sweater dresses for winter office - although rethinking this one now because I'm concerned they may be too form-fitting. Still a great option for weekends. * Flattering silky blouses in various colors and styles from places like Loft, Ann Taylor, Express, etc that can be worn for both work and weekend * Replacing the $25.99 Target sundresses (let's be real they never last more than 2 years) with more high-quality dresses in solid colors or subtle patterns either maxi length or a bit above the knee. I'm a southerner at heart so I will never abandon my love for flowy summery dresses, although now I realize you can create a look that is so much more elegant by wearing quality pieces with a simple and modest cut that fits your form in the right places. Also, don't stress about trying to overhaul your wardrobe all in one go. You'll want to add pieces gradually over time so you can work to develop your adult / professional style. A lot of the stuff I bought when I first moved to NYC I ended up giving to friends because the idealized professional style I imagined for myself did not match how my style developed in reality. I think a lot of early 20s professional women have completely separate work and weekend wardrobes for several years as they eventually retire the clothes from college and invest in more versatile pieces. It's not a race! Focus on building your work wardrobe first because that's where it really matters, and then you can slowly add the versatile pieces.
  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    soccersince95

    Mind dropping where you pick up your cardigans and jeans? I'm 23 and in the same boat! To answer your question, I think a nice, semi-professional coat is important. Something light brown or heather grey that can be dressed up or down.
  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    squidp

    I think early 20s is the time to start building a small professional wardrobe while also keeping some fun pieces to go out with friends. I am in my late 20s now and just this year finally feel happy with my professional closet. My suggestions may lean conservative but not too formal since I'm a teacher. Although it depends on the industry, I would recommend starting with: * trousers or slim dress pants in a neutral colour like black, grey, navy, and something more breathable or capri-length for the summer * a few solid colour poly or silk blouses that cover the shoulders * an a-line skirt that goes to the knee and is fitted but not bubble-butt tight * a slim turtleneck in a solid colour * a dress with sleeves (in a not too obnoxious pattern and not too short) is an easy way to look professional * some kind of almond toed shoe like flats, oxfords, heels if you can manage, in a neutral like black, brown, or camel. * Some opaque black tights and some sheer nude tights.
  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    hummingbirdhawkmoth

    I’m 27 and roll into the office with my stuff in a fjallraven every day, and so do a lot of my coworkers. It really depends on where you’re working! If you’re gonna be anywhere near a tech startup most of the stuff being recommended here is quite formal. Clean jeans with no holes and a long sleeve that fits you nicely would be a fine start in that context. I’ve been wearing a lot of vintage Scottish wool sweaters lately.
  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    Geirrid

    It's interesting seeing the staples in this thread and thinking how personal staples must be, because something like a pair of heels would be the opposite of a staple to me (too dangerous to wear them where I work, not something I would want to wear in my own time) so instead of giving a big ass list of my staples that would probably only apply to the relatively niche market of archivist by day, knitwear addict by night*, I'm going to put forward the one thing I do think is an important staple regardless of lifestyle: * A pair of comfortable shoes you are happy to wear, fit your lifestyle and can walk a good distance in. Like, whatever the style - whether it's some sensible brogues or heels or hiking boots, I've found the one thing that improved my life during my early 20s so much was finding a pair of shoes for work and a pair of shoes for the weekend that I don't balk at the idea of having to unexpectedly walk a long distance in. Nothing is worse than being thrown off your day because you're a pile of blisters and cramped toes. (* ETA: I mean I have some staples that would likely be fairly broad, but if I was getting specific it'd also be things like "cardigans with pockets in as many colours possible because environmental controls might help the documents but it makes for a chilly workspace and rushing between store and reading room makes pockets of the utmost priority in clothing" which I can't imagine is high on everyone's list of staples)
  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    orangexmelon

    A white silk blouse (or polyester one that looks like silk). It pairs with work pants, pencil skirts, underneath cardigans, etc. It looks professional but can also be dressed down for more casual outings.
  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    dehighdrate

    It’s definitely a bit of a splurge, but if you live somewhere cold, a wool scarf is a great investment. I own two Acne ones and wear them literally every day during fall and winter. So many different ways to wrap them & they really add an extra element to your outfit. A timeless piece that you will keep for years to come. Oh and a basic belt! They seriously make all the difference when you’re tucking in your shirts. I can usually find nice leather ones at the thrift store.
  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    abc_b2sf

    As a 22 year old, for me a staple is black pumps, black non-jean pants, a good mid size bag and a good watch! Maybe a signature scent as well.
  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    shabangcohen

    I mean I'm 22 and go to work with my fjallsraven backpack every day. And ripped jeans and converse. Your 'more casual' is my more formal. But I work in tech and I'm a child. ​ I'd rather wear jeans and a tshirt that fits well to work and save money for clothes I'd wear on dates or clubbing tbh. Just wanted to point out a 'grown up closet' depends a lot on what you do and where you live. ​ But I'd say some things everyone could use -- leather and denim jacket, boots
  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    District98

    This thread is a little frustrating to me because a lot of these recommendations are only achievable with quite a high income or money from family. Who buys a leather jacket at 22? I agree with other posters that essentials include: - work slacks - conservative cocktail dress that can also go to funerals or a work presentation. Probably a sheath dress. I think Ross and Loft are good for this type of dress. - a line skirt for work - rainboots - these can get you through snow till you can buy snow boots - cardigans - nice dark wash jeans - can be worn to work on casual Friday or on weekends - one black skirt suit for interviews - small stud earrings - supportive shoes for work and play (it’s not really healthy to spend 8 hours a day in crappy shoes) I would add: - athletic sneakers (real ones in a neutral colorway - this way you can wear them for the gym and do double duty as athletisure) - wool socks - black tights - black midi pencil skirt in a casual fabric like jersey - this can go to the office or to the club! - one warm coat. It’s not realistic to expect a 22 year old on a shoestring budget to buy a bunch of coats - but in the lean years I got by fine by layering hoodies till it was really cold and then owning a warm parka. Lands end and Carhartt and Target and Old Navy all sell outerwear that’s fine and not prohibitively expensive. It was NOT realistic for me to afford a wool coat or a leather jacket when I was 22 - a warm beanie and gloves for winter states. Target men’s section or carhartt for the beanie - a bar jacket - a cheap jacket from F21 or thrifted that you can comfortably wear to a bar or a show and put down, knowing you’ll sleep at night if it gets swiped or drink spilled on it I recommend: r/frugalwomensfashion for more discussion on frugal fashion The Corporette blog for style guides at different price points and levels of formality
  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    moontivigant

    Can I just say I love this thread? Sometimes I feel so out of place in this sub as a 22 year old because I’m not quite a grown professional woman and can’t yet afford to spend $100-$200 on one article of basic clothing. I buy stuff at forever 21 for goodness sake!
  • Posted: 16. Januar 2019 18:39

    EqualFlamingo

    I highly recommend a linen button-up! I’m not sure where you are, but where I live they’re pretty common right now. Tucked in with a nice skirt or nice pair of pants, it always smartens up my outfits!