Shirley Donlon tells us how we can transition for college life to the real world, with just a few staple pieces

The weather is starting to pick up, evenings are staying brighter for longer, and the stress of completing final assignments and sitting exams is steadily increasing.

For many in university and college, this year marks the final year as a student. No longer will it be acceptable to roll in to 9am lectures hungover wearing your roommate’s hoodie and tracksuit bottoms.

For the most part, beginning a new job or internship requires you to dress smart or at least ‘smart-casual’, which means you will need to invest in some new clothing of a more professional standard before you begin.

Luckily, here at the Look, we’ve compiled a list of the very basic staple pieces to ensure that you feel comfortable, confident and look your best on your first day in the office.

The Classic Blazer

A ride or die staple piece, you just cannot go wrong with a classic tailored blazer. Opt for a black blazer for a classic, professional look or, if you’re feeling brave, choose a brighter shade to add a pop of colour to any black or white outfit you wear.

Comfortable shoes

Appearance more-or-less goes out the window with this one. Investing in a pair of comfortable shoes that will carry you through the daily grind is one of the most important things you can do for your feet. You’ll thank yourself when your colleague is slapping on the blister patches en route to the train station or bus stop after a long day at work.

Tailored trousers

Cropped, skinny, bootcut or straight; there are so many options which offer a variety of looks when it comes to choosing the right trousers to wear to work. The important thing is to feel comfortable in your chosen style so, in whatever style works best for you, investing in a good quality pair of trousers will ensure you look work-ready.

Pencil Skirt

Last but, certainly, not least is the classic pencil skirt. This is a great option for days when you might end up going for a post-work drink with friends or colleagues. Transform your outfit from day to night by replacing your flats with a pair of court heels for an office-chic look.

By Shirley Donlon