By Lindsey Shanck, Toppel Peer Advisor

When a student lands their first internship or job, it can be extremely stressful building a professional wardrobe. It is hard knowing where to start and it can also be costly; however, with the right approach, it doesn’t have to be! With the right pieces, it should be easy to dress professionally every day.

1. Stick to basic colors.

In the picture above, there is a common theme. Blue, black and white are colors that go with everything and can be mixed and matched with other patterns and colors, saving money. When choosing blazers, pants, and button downs, make sure you have these staples before venturing to other colors.

2. Invest in two pairs of good shoes.

Play it safe with shoes, and find a nice pair of black pumps and beige pumps for women and black and brown leather loafers for men.

3. Make sure you match!

The basic rule is to pair black with black, and beige and brown with blue. Grey can be mixed with both, but will look better with black, unless the grey has brown undertones like the man’s pants seen above.

4. Accessorize. But keep it to a minimum!

It can be hard to show your personality through professional dress, but a few accessories go a long way. A necklace and fun purse and a watch a nice briefcase are all you need.

5. Looking professional is more than the clothes you are wearing.

It is important to make sure your hair is groomed, your clothes are clean, and it doesn’t look like you just rolled out of bed! While you should take it easy on cologne or perfume, make sure you look presentable!