As a lot my friends are making the transition from the student to professional lifestyle, many have asked me about what to buy if they like to take that first step in upgrading their wardrobe. So if you are one of those people who like swap your Abercrombie/American Eagle polos and sweatshirts (no judgement - I used to wear them too) for a more professional and classic look, I got a simple solution to you.
Step 1: Print out this list below.
Step 2: Set a budget. This will dictate the brands and quality you will be looking at and buying. Remember you don't have to spend a lot of money right away. You can always upgrade these to ones of better quality and higher price points later.
Step 3: Know your SIZE. This might be the most important thing to watch out for. If you get the fit wrong, you might as well flush your money down the toilet.
Step 4: Buy EVERYTHING on this list unless you have them already.
You can also make slight modifications to better reflect your personal style and body shape as long as you know what you are doing. For example, I would probably go for slim fit jeans instead of straight legs, solid colour polos instead of stripe ones, etc.
Photos courtesy of Details Men's Style Manual, Daniel Peres