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Chance The Rapper at Dillard Commencement

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Leaving college behind this month? Look the part by transitioning your gear from campus cool kid to working professional. Sounds daunting? Don’t worry, we got you. A carefully curated lineup of interchangeable essentials will take you from job interviews to that office life with ease. Here’s everything you’ll need for just $500.

 

1. Crewneck Sweater

Go for a lightweight knit to wear under a blazer or alone.

Joe Fresh

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Joe Fresh crewneck sweater ($29; joefresh.com)

2. Striped Tie

Opt for a classic print with pops of color.

Tie Mart

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Tie Mart striped necktie ($3.98; tiemart.com)

3. Printed Button-Down

The timeless check pairs well with suiting or structured denim.

H&M

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H&M plaid shirt ($19.99; hm.com)

4. Tailored Chinos

Rock with a streamlined turtleneck and laceups for effortless swag.

Old Navy

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Old Navy chinos ($35; oldnavy.com)

5. Navy Suit

A navy suit is seasonless and dresses up or down with ease. Rock the pieces together or separately.

H&M

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H&M navy blazer and pants ($69.99 and 34.99; hm.com)

7. Leather Dress Shoes

Classic wingtips with luxe details will show your co-workers that you mean business.

Claiborne

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Claiborne Roger wingtip oxfords ($44.99; jcpenney.com)

8. Leather Belt

Sleek hardware and burnished leather will upgrade your fit.

Target

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Target belt ($19.99; target.com)

9. Streamlined Sneakers

Great for casual Fridays, pair with a blazer and dark denim to transition into the weekend.

Target

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Target sneakers ($29.99; target.com)

10. Solid Button-Down

Opt for blue as a modern alternative to the classic white dress shirt.

Croft & Barrow

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Croft & Barrow button-down shirt ($8.80; kohls.com)

11. Black Suit

No closet is complete without one— mix and match the blazer and trousers.

Burlington

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Billy London slim fit two-piece black suit ($99.99 for jacket and pants; burlington.com)

12. Dark Denim Jeans

Save distressed styles for the weekend. Opt for a tailored, clean wash in a heavier weight M-F.

Joe Fresh

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Joe Fresh straight leg jeans ($34.00; joefresh.com)

13. Turtleneck Sweater

The turtleneck makes any guy look effortlessly cool. Try lightweight, seasonless camel.

Vince Camuto

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Vince Camuto turtleneck ($69.99; vincecamuto.com)

14. Classic White Tee

Rock a cotton V-neck with a blazer and trousers for a modern take on office dressing.

Uniqlo V-neck t-shirt ($5.90; uniqlo.com)

Uniqlo

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