By Caroline Vazzana There’s nothing more important than leaving a good impression at work. Whether you’re the CEO or an intern, your outfit can say a lot about you. It’s one of the first ways people make a judgement about you. Show up with a wrinkled T-shirt and your boss might assume you’re lazy. Take the time to iron your dress and it could send the message that you pay attention to detail. Make sure your outfit matches the message you want to send. Here are five closet staples to ensure you’re putting your best self forward.
Sturdy Bag A structured tote is an office must-have. I love the shape and texture of this one from Janis Lee, plus you can get it customized with your initials. Look for a similar budget-friendly style at TJ Maxx or Nordstrom.
Oversized Blazer Rather than your traditional black blazer, opt for an oversized option. Bold pearl buttons give this one a little something extra.
Classic Pump Every woman should own a pair of black pumps. They can easily be worn from the office to after work drinks, so you’ll want to invest in a pair that you’ll be comfortable in all day.
Black Skirt A black skirt is a versatile outfit starter because it pairs well with almost any top. I love this pleated one with a white button-down.
White Blouse Similar to your black skirt, a white blouse can be styled in so many different ways. Whether with a crisp pair of jeans or a printed wide-leg pant, you can get so much use out of this one item. You can find affordable pussy-bow blouses at Zara and H&M.
Caroline Vazzana is a fashion writer, editor, and stylist living and working in her hometown of New York. She’s worked for Anna Sui, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, and InStyle. She has collaborated with designers including Betsey Johnson and Diane Von Furstenberg, and has styled celebrities for various red carpets like the MTV Video Music Awards and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Caroline is currently the Founder & Creative Director of MakingManhattan.com where she hopes to shed light on the industry to the future fashion generation. Make sure to follow her everywhere @cvazzana for an inside look into her day to day in NYC.