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10 Work-Wear Essentials

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Q: Can you give me a list of 10 basic pieces a woman should have in her wardrobe as she makes the transition from college student to office worker?

A: The transition from school to work sounds tricky, but it's actually quite easy. The 10 following basics will make you look like a sophisticated working woman:

You can't go wrong with a white shirt and a straight skirt.

1. A simple flat-front black pant

2. A straight skirt hemmed just below the knee is flattering

3. A dress, fitted and sleeveless, that can be worn with a cardigan

4. A fine-knit sweater; try a bright color that suits you

5. A cardigan: Black is always chic and easy to wear

6. A shell, perhaps in a neutral color

7. A crisp white shirt always looks smart

8. A coat: Stay classic with this item and go with black or gray

9. A classic shoe: A black pump with an elegant heel will go with all of the above

10. A black bag: With black shoes, it's best to go with a black bag; look for a simple style that's not too oversized.

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