15 Career Girl Wardrobe Essentials

Posted October 5, 2012 by Baaba Grant-Acquah in Building Your Brand
I love perusing fashion magazines and style blogs for outfit inspiration, and through my “research” I’ve learned that the key to building a great wardrobe is to have essential go-to-pieces. Although you may not be able to build your dream wardrobe overnight, you can build a great wardrobe over time. I’ve curated the 15 Wardrobe essentials every Career Girl should have to build that perfect wardrobe.  This is meant to be a guide, so use it to create your own distinct style by varying colors, tailoring silhouettes to your body, and adjusting styles to fit your work environment.

  1. Classic bag — Big enough to carry work documents, but not too big that it looks like luggage.
  2. Pencil Skirt — The perfect fit is essential, make sure it’s not too tight or too loose, have it tailored If necessary.
  3. White Button up –– Depending on your work environment, you can jazz it up with collar detailing like the one. seen here
  4. Heels –– Try embellishments or playing with textures & styles like leather, suede, and snake print.
  5. Trench — Can make almost any outfit chic.
  6. Dress Pants –– Great with a blouse and a statement necklace.
  7. Cardigan — Throw over dresses and sleeveless tops to add variety to outfits.
  8. Dark Jeans –– Every Career Girl should have a good pair of jeans that you can through together when you are not sure what to wear.
  9. Skinny belt — Adds an instant update to dresses and sweaters, just don’t cinch it too tight, great in bold colors and prints.
  10. Statement Necklace — Adds instant flair to an otherwise “simple” outfit, let the necklace shine and avoid big earrings.
  11. Flats — Comfortable and can be worn every day, with almost any outfit.
  12. Sheath Dress –– Great transitional piece than can be dressed up or down, and worn during the day and the night.
  13. Blouse — Very versatile, can be worn with jeans, pants and skirts, don’t be afraid to play with prints.
  14. Blazer — The right blazer can pull any outfit together, make sure the fit & fabric are great.
  15. Watch — Whether worn for functionality or style, it can be the perfect accent for any outfit.

Looking for more wardrobe inspiration, check out Elle.com’s “50 Musts: Fall Essentials” here.


15 Career Girl Must Haves
Zipper dress, $155 / Rebecca Taylor woven top / Madewell long cardigan / Old Navy fitted shirt / Belted trench coat / AllSaints tuxedo jacket / Levi’s Made & Crafted faded jeans / H&M wide leg pants, $40 / French Connection slit skirt / Madewell ballet flat shoes / McQ by Alexander McQueen pointed toe pumps / Coach leather tote handbag / MICHAEL Michael Kors bracelet watch / BCBG Max Azria stone jewelry / Warehouse leopard belt

About the Author

Baaba Grant-Acquah

Baaba Grant-Acquah is a fashion stylist, blogger and corporate client manager. She is a curator of style and knows where to find the perfect pieces for any wardrobe. She is continually inspired by her clients and truly enjoys the process of providing creative solutions to fit her client's needs.