It can be difficult to start building your professional wardrobe. It’s good to get a start on this in college so that you can be prepared for anything that comes your way, including interviews and internships. Here are 10 essential pieces that every female leader should have in their professional wardrobe.

1) Power Suit

A power suit is probably the biggest essential. It is especially important to have for interviews. This can vary from person to person, depending on the style you like and what is appropriate for your job. While power suits do vary, they typically involve a pair of suit pants/a skirt and a blazer. These can be found at basically any department store, or professional store.

2) Classic Blazer

A classic blazer can go along with the suit, but it’s always great to have one or two additional blazers in your collection. These can be paired with a nice pair of pants, a skirt, or even jeans if you’re dressing more casually on a “dress-down” day.


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3) Pencil skirt

Pencil skirts project an incredibly professional look and they’re comfortable, too. They’re the perfect way to avoid wearing pants while remaining professional and stylish. They can be perfectly paired with nude heels and a neutral blouse.

4) Variety of Blouses

Having a variety of blouses is perfect because they can be paired with anything.  A blouse is especially easy to grab and put on when you’re running late. They look cute, too. My favorites are from Target and New York & Company.

5) Slacks

Slacks are obviously essential, because they’ll be useful for everyday wear at most jobs. Some of my favorites are Pixie Pants from J. Crew ($98) or, the more affordable option, Pixie Pants from Old Navy ($35). They come in so many different styles, colors and patterns. There’s something for everyone and every day.

6) Flats

While heels tend to be every girl’s go to, flats are more practical, especially if you’re at a job where you’ll be on your feet for a good part of every day. They look cute and are extremely comfortable for long walks across the office.


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7) Pointed Heels

For days that you decide to brave the heels, I definitely recommend pointed heels. They look extremely professional and you can find some that are comfortable, as well. You can get more expensive ones, or affordable ones from Target or DSW. 

8) Accessories

This is the part that will spice up your outfit every day and keep it fun, while still professional. A statement necklace, cute bracelet, or fun pair or earrings will add a fun flair to any outfit. It’s important to have a good selection of them.

9) Statement Handbag

This is yet another piece that is fun yet professional & practical. I recommend a larger one that can fit everything. Don’t make it so big that you can barely haul it around. Kate Spade has some cute ones that are the perfect size.

10) Cute Jacket

This is a must if you live in a colder state. Once the winter weather hits, you’re going to need to start dressing for the cold. It’s important to maintain a professional appearance while keeping warm. I recommend a pea coat or trench coat. You can also layer with scarves and gloves to add more warmth.

Jessica M
FFL Contributor
Jessica is a student at Shippensburg University pursuing a bachelor’s in Public Relations. She is a lover of all things pink & sparkly, going to church every Sunday morning, puppies & pigs, and Netflix binges. She is fiercely patriotic and hopes to have another president like Ronald Reagan. She has a southern state of mind and plans on moving to the South someday!