How to Build a Professional Closet

Whether you're gearing up for an interview or internship coming up, a professional wardrobe is something you'll need to build. Luckily, it doesn't take a whole wardrobe overhaul to be able to dress professionally. Here are nine items you need to build a versatile professional closet that will take you from intern to boardroom:

Black and White Blouses
Lightweight, draped blouses are basic staples. One in white and one in black will guarantee you can mix and match to create a functional work wardrobe.
Mossimo Women's Drape Front Blouse • Mossimo • $22.99 | TrouvĂ© Collarless Silk Blouse • $44.40

Offices are usually rather cold, even in the summer thanks to air conditioning. Keeping a cardigan at the office is a must have.
Lightweight wool Jackie cardigan sweater • $85

Kickass Dress
Sometimes you just need a dress that looks both professional and makes you look damn good. On days where you need that extra boost of confidence, this is your dress.
Maeve Evangeline Sheath • $99.95

Professional Pants
It's easy to think of professional pants as uncomfortable woolly things that older ladies like to wear, but a pair of cropped cotton stretch pants can be just as professional and way more comfortable.
Kate Stretch Cotton Cropped Pants • Ann Taylor • $69

Structured Bag
A structured bag is a necessity to finishing off a professional outfit and carrying your belongings.
Kate Spade New York 'cedar Street - Small Hayden' Leather Satchel • Kate Spade • $178.80

Nude Pumps
You can't go wrong with a classic pair of nude pumps, which will pair well with almost any outfit.
MICHAEL Michael Kors MK Flex Saffiano Mid-Heel Pump, Dark Khaki • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $99

Statement Necklace
To add that little bit of oomph to your outfit, a basic statement necklace will amp up your look.
Kate Spade New York Squared Away Necklace • Kate Spade • $45

Pencil Skirt
A basic black (or alternatively, navy blue) pencil skirt will take you a long way. Pair with blouses or sweaters.
No. 2 pencil skirt in double-serge wool • J.Crew • $79.99

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