5 Items Of Clothing That Help Me Feel Like I'm Actually An Adult Now

I want to give myself a more structured, classy look that complements my same ol' familiar style.
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I want to give myself a more structured, classy look that complements my same ol' familiar style.
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For the past five years or so, my wardrobe has basically consisted of band tees, skinny jeans, oversized sweaters and sneakers. However, since I’m graduating college soon (*raised hands in the air emoji*), at this transitional stage of my life I feel my wardrobe needs some transitioning, too. 

I’m still young, but since I’ll be entering the real world and a more professional work environment (hopefully) pretty soon, I feel like I need to change up my everyday look just a tad to make the college-to-career transition a little easier. I want to give myself a more structured, classy look that complements my same ol' familiar style. 

Recently, I’ve added a few key pieces to my wardrobe to update my look. These pieces pair great with the casual style I know and love, and they also work well together to create more professional, adult-like looks.

Blazers

Blazers are what I immediately picture when I think of structure. I’ve always loved the idea of blazers and how they look on other people, but I was never quite able to pull it off myself. 

Recently, I found a looser fitting cotton blazer that I adore. The fit still adds structure, but the material is super-soft and comfy, which is more my style. I can easily throw it on over my favorite tee, or if needed, pair it with a button-down and pencil skirt.

Open-Front Boyfriend Blazer, $27.90 at Forever 21; Vila Floral Front Blazer, $113.70 at ASOS; Abstract Print Kimono, $19.80 at Forever 21.

Open-Front Boyfriend Blazer, $27.90 at Forever 21; Vila Floral Front Blazer, $113.70 at ASOS; Abstract Print Kimono, $19.80 at Forever 21.

Black Jeans

I grew up going to a school where wearing jeans was only allowed on Fridays, so I spent the majority of my young life in khakis. Needless to say, I haven’t worn a pair of not-jeans since high school. 

I don’t know how to wear real pants, and I am not making myself until I have to. SO, jeans it is. 

In my opinion, the darker the denim, the nicer the jeans look. Black jeans can give the appearance of a nice pant and pair perfectly with fancy blouses for a dressier look, while still having the familiar feel of your favorite pair of denim.

Skinny Skinny Jeans, $115 at Madewell; Gotta Jet Set Jeans, $59.99 at ModCloth; Bold Curve Skinny Jeans, $78 at Levi's.

Skinny Skinny Jeans, $115 at Madewell; Gotta Jet Set Jeans, $59.99 at ModCloth; Bold Curve Skinny Jeans, $78 at Levi's.

Pencil Skirts

Since all of the skirts I own are either too-short minis or flowy maxis, a fitted mid-length pencil skirt is an easy transition piece. The straight narrow cut automatically brings structure to any outfit. While I usually tend to think of pencil skirts for more professional/dressy occasions, I love the idea of being able to dress them down with a basic sweater or tee. 

The longer length of these pencil skirts is classier than a mini-skirt, but the silhouette is still fun and womanly.

Leopard Print Pencil Skirt, $35 at Dorothy Perkins; Midi Pencil Skirt with Front Slit, $34.11 at ASOS; Black and Grey Textured Pencil Skirt, $29 at Dorothy Perkins.

Leopard Print Pencil Skirt, $35 at Dorothy Perkins; Midi Pencil Skirt with Front Slit, $34.11 at ASOS; Black and Grey Textured Pencil Skirt, $29 at Dorothy Perkins.

White Button-Downs

Until now, the only button-downs I’ve ever owned have been my dad’s old oversized ones. A more fitted style looks more structured, so I have just invested in a better-fitting lace one. A plain white button-up was too simple for me, so I tried to look for one that offered a little something extra, like a scalloped color or fun buttons. 

This piece will truly remain relevant forever. It can easily be paired with jeans and sneakers for a more casual look, or under a blazer or sweater, tucked into a high-waisted skirt for a more structured look. The possibilities are endless.

Tie Neck Blouse, $53.06 at ASOS; Compania Fantastica Polka Dot Button-Down Blouse, $69 at Urban Outfitters; Shirt with Scallop Collar, $47.38 at ASOS.

Tie Neck Blouse, $53.06 at ASOS; Compania Fantastica Polka Dot Button-Down Blouse, $69 at Urban Outfitters; Shirt with Scallop Collar, $47.38 at ASOS.

Neutral Flats

Neutral flats are a no-brainer for any wardrobe. To me, pointy-toed flats bring more structure to an outfit than simple ballet flats. A nice, comfortable pair that can go with every outfit is worth investing in.

Jeffrey Campbell In Love Leather D'Orsay Flat, $90 at Urban Outfitters; Steve Madden Elusion Leather D'Orsay Flat, $60 at Urban Outfitters; BC Footwear Rebel, $60 at Zappos.

Jeffrey Campbell In Love Leather D'Orsay Flat, $90 at Urban Outfitters; Steve Madden Elusion Leather D'Orsay Flat, $60 at Urban Outfitters; BC Footwear Rebel, $60 at Zappos.

What do y’all think, 20-somethings? Any-age-somethings? What are your must-have wardrobe staples for feeling grown-up?