Transitioning Your Wardrobe—Undergrad to Working Gal

One year ago today. I can’t believe I graduated from college one year ago today. Since then A LOT has changed, but my biggest concern back then was how my wardrobe was going to change from going-to-class outfits to interview-ready get-ups that would land me a job. My bit of advice to this year’s graduating class:

Invest in 5 Multi-Use Basics

5 basics to invest in postgrad

 

1. Perfect-fitting white blouse
Opt for one in silk or cotton. Elie Tahari, BOSS by Hugo Boss, even Banana Republic and J.Crew have good options. Have a larger bust, and struggle with gaping? Try The Shirt — this brand was featured on Oprah and I got to meet the founder + try on a blouse or two while interning in DC. It has a patented hidden button placket that ensures no gaping (check it out here).

2. Ankle grazing black skinny pants
These transition well from work to weekend, and you can pair them with a blazer for a more tailored/fashion forward suit at the office. You can never go wrong with black ankle grazing tapered pants.

3. Black shift dress
This one is amazing for interviews and for on-the-job. Can be paired with flats or pumps, jazzed up with a cardigan (embellishment optional), or can be worn out after work with the proper accessory additions. The one I scored was high neck, sleeveless and hit just below the knee, but there are so many varieties, pick one that suits you! Above I chose one with a crew neck and short sleeves or a mock-neck one with a slightly more fitted shape.

4. 1-Button Blazer
The perfect topper for those black pants (item 2) or can be worn over a simple tee to jazz up jeans. The purpose of a 1-button is for it to cinch in at your waist (smallest part), but if you have a fuller figure or not as defined waist as an hourglass shape, I would recommend trying a two-button variety as this will graze your curves more and not compete with a fuller bust. Want more personality than just plain black? Seek out blazers with fun linings—you’ll still look professional, but it will have a bit more personality that only you will get joy out of :)

5. Classic, non-trendy tote
I can’t even tell you how much use you will get out of an understated tote. Knowing your wardrobe, choose a color that will pair easily for many outfits. I nabbed two totes before graduation: one minimalist all-white tote with no metallic hardware and one all black tote with minimal silver hardware—one for S/S and one for F/W. There is no need to drop bills on this item; both of mine were purchased at discount retailers! I scored my Spring/Summer all-white tote at TJ Maxx for under $200 and I scored my black croc Furla at Nordstrom Rack for under $300. Chic, minimalist, and timeless. Choosing a non-trendy tote will allow this investment to last through your 20s.


Though those above mentioned additions to your wardrobe will serve you well, it will be peace of mind to do a closet audit—especially if you’ll be downsizing into a shoebox-size apartment in NYC like I did. Buh-bye walk in closet! What I’ve listed below were things that I deemed as “never wearing again past undergrad” and was happy to give away/sell/donate. Everybody’s tastes are different—audit your closet and see what you can part with :)

Subtracted: boho mini dresses, excessively boho blouses, Minnetonka fringe boots (Halloween stash), anything I thought “I’ll wear this if I ever ______”, excessive amount of jeans and any pairs that were too trend oriented (colored denim, paint splattered, ultra ripped, etc.), 2/3 of my t-shirt drawer (namely graphic tees), shoes that I knew wouldn’t withstand a typical NYC night (aka walking 5+ city blocks), sheer blouses, anything that was very trend focused

Added: tops that could transition from day-to-night, more practical shoes (lower heels, flats that are cute and breezy), multi-use dresses, starting to save up for designer pieces (more European thinking)

Spring Wishlist

Spring wishlist 2014Spring is a time for new beginnings, a time to take risks, and a time to lighten up a bit…I just wish it would get here already! The days have seemingly gotten longer thanks to Daylight Savings, but the temperatures are still frosty here in NYC. I’ve already started on my spring wishlist to help lighten my wintry mood, but there’s still quite a few things I’d like to pick up before the next season is officially here. Clockwise from top left:

∞  Linen coat with pockets (Zara)
∞  Nom Yourself Cookbook (out April 6th)
∞  Sunnies (Warby Parker)
∞  Light-er washed denim jacket (wear now, make a DIY project later)
∞  Patchwork-striped shirt
∞  Black leather shorts
∞  Ankle-wrap sandals (Dolce Vita)
∞  Leopard crossbody, Burberry Prorsum Crush (received as Christmas gift, remember this post?)
∞  Floral dress (vintage Givenchy, bought on Etsy)
∞  Orange/Poppy lipstick (NARS)
Think I forgot something? Ah, yes, the asterisked pieces…
* Valentino Rockstud Noir flats and Saint Laurent Jane Studded sandal…what? A girl can dream, right? These badass tootsie toppers scream my name but reality gets in the way of my fantasy.

Island Dreamin’

This time last year my boyfriend and I were starting to plan our Spring Break. Now that I’ve graduated, my mind hasn’t caught up with the fact that there is no designated week off in March. Ahh, Sint Maartin, how I would love to still be digging my toes in your sands… Anywho, the New York chill has me longing for island temps, but with no vacation time in sight I thought I’d be nice to all you chillins who do still have the pleasure of Spring Break.

To minimize packing you need to think strategically: how can you make one outfit look like 3 different ones? Below I’ve taken a cute long sleeve maxi dress to show how to take it from a beach coverup in the day to a rockin boho goddess by night.
POST Island Dreamin
Daytime
While spending time at the beach, keep things simple with a wide brim floppy hat to protect your face, neck, and upper chest from the sun. Throw on a string bikini, simple wrap sandals, and a cute tribal fringe tote and you’re ready to go!

Nighttime
To take your look from day to night, strip off the day’s wears and prep for your evening out by gussying up a bit. Slather on a bronze shimmer oil, like the NARS one shown above. Since you’ll be in a tropical setting (hopefully) keep you makeup to the bare-min essentials: bronzer, waterproof mascara, and coral lip gloss. Transfer your evening-necessities to a cute embellished clutch, slip on a gold cocktail ring, long medallion necklace, tassel earrings for jewelry. Strap on your tall gladiator sandals and you’re ready for the night :)

New Feature: Ask Me Anything

In preparation for launching the new “Ask Me Anything” section on Boundless, I want to know what’s been on your mind and what you have to say! From now until April 1st I want you ladies (and gents) to ask me anything and everything you’d like answers on. Let your curiosity get the best of you :)

Have you had a style related question, but don’t know who to ask?

  • ∞  I want to show off my heels, but every time I cuff my jeans it just doesn’t look right. What am I missing?
  • ∞  I just got a few pairs of super cute tights, but how do I look cute and not get frostbite?

Do you want to know more about me? (Feel free to get as personal as you’d like)

  • ∞  How did you get interested in fashion?
  • ∞  How would you define your style?
  • ∞  What do you do to work out?
  • ∞  So you’re a college student that blogs. What are you planning on doing with that?

Are you curious about the blog?

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  • ∞  Who took your pictures for the blog?

Have you been looking for a healthy change, but not quite sure where to start?

  • ∞  I want to develop healthier snacking habits. Any suggestions?
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  • ∞  I want to start working out, but I hate working out. Help!

Let me know what’s on your mind. I’m all ears.

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