Monday, May 15, 2017

3 Outfit Staples for Every College Grad | Graduating with JORD.

May is the official month of all things graduation, and somehow we're flying right past it! For those of you about to dip your toes into the professional working world, chances are you're trying to figure out your next step. For a lot of you, that probably means hopping on the job hunt and going out on about a daunting process!

In undergrad, I never really dressed up for classes. Denim shorts, a v-neck, and sandals was my go-to uniform. So when I landed my first professional job interview, it's safe to say that I didn't have a clue what to wear...and even if I did, I wouldn't be able to find it in my closet.

Think you might be in the same position? Read on for three must-have wardrobe staples for every college grad:

A professional suit. 

When I was scheduled for my first “big girl” job interview with the company’s president, my mom rushed me to Express to try on suits. Man or woman, every working professional should have at least one matching business suit for job interviews, big conferences, and any time you need to look sharp as a tack. And for my ladies out there – your suit doesn’t have to be boring! When my mom first told me I needed a suit, I immediately envisioned pinstripes and stuffiness…no thanks! Explore what’s out there, and experiment with different colors, textures, and cuts. You can stick with a typical pantsuit, or find one with a matching pencil skirt (my personal favorite!).

A solid pair of shoes (or three!). 

Whether you’re in the business of sales and networking or spending most of your work day in a cubicle, a pair of comfortable yet fashionable work shoes is an absolute must. When I worked in sales, I attended multiple networking events in a day, and needed to look put together even when I felt like a hot mess. The solution? A go-to pair of classic nude heels to get me from Point A to Point B (while still looking fab!) and a trustworthy pair of fun flats to dress up an outfit on the days where I wasn’t feeling a heel, but still wanted to pull off a trendy look.

A classic time piece. 

(Isn't it such a cool watch?!)

Imagine your new job's president asks you the time. A simple question, yes? You want to look on top of your game, so which option do you choose?

A) Fumbling through your tote bag in search for your iPhone
B) Taking a two-second glance at your left wrist.

Easy enough, but it's safe to say that a classic watch will never go out of style. So when JORDWood Watches asked if I’d like to collaborate, I knew that I absolutely had to share these unique watches with all of my soon-to-be college graduate readers!

This neutral zebra-wood champagne piece is sure to add the perfect touch of personality to any work outfit, with enough versatility to transition into weekend wear! I'm absolutely in love with the champagne colored face, because it goes with everything I own. Plus, unlike metal watches, it feels light and airy on my wrist. In fact, I sized up on my links just a tad so I can wear mine a bit more like a bracelet.

Whether you're searching for the perfect gift for a recent graduate, or simply shopping for a cool watch for yourself, a one-of-a-kind JORD watch is sure to turn heads.

Need one for yourself? I have you covered, friend. I’ve teamed up with JORD to give away $100 toward your own unique watch! Even better? Every person who enters will receive a gift code worth $25 after the contest ends…it’s a win/win situation!  

Head on over here and enter to win!

Love my watch? Check its details here!

For all my gentlemen readers (or if you're getting a jump start on Father's Day gifting!), be sure to check out JORD's selection of men's watches.
For more watches like mine (it comes in navy, too!), take a look at JORD's selection of women's watches.

If you win the contest, which watch would you choose? I love the versatility of the champagne face, but I'm going crazy for this Purpleheart & Plum FRANKIE series!

*This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but all opinions are (as always) my own.

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