There are tons of factors that go into catapulting your career forward — work experience, connections, and professionalism, above all — but it doesn’t hurt to look the part, either. In this day and age, different career paths call for different work attire. Some people are constricted to a blazer and slacks while others can get away with wearing jeans and sneakers. But there are several pieces every career woman should have in her closet, regardless of her job. Whether you’re a newly minted college graduate or gunning for that senior vice president position, you need these five pieces, stat.
A blazer is one of those pieces that has the power to make any outfit look more polished — even if that outfit is a T-shirt and ripped jeans. Plus, you’ll be a shoo-in for best dressed employee when you pair it with playful shoes and jewelry. We’re not opposed to having multiple blazers in your closet, but make sure you have a crisp, neutral option before you experiment with colors and textiles. A navy or dark gray blazer, for example, will look nice with just about everything. Keep yours close by at all times by draping it over your desk chair; it’ll be especially useful when your office is particularly chilly.