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The secret behind any impeccably dressed person is a well-stocked closet. It doesn’t happen overnight, but you can start crafting the perfect wardrobe right now by buying some clothing staples. In your 20s, that means shopping the essentials and investing in great basics — because, let’s face it, you accumulated enough trendy tees, minidresses, and cutoffs in your college years.
Now’s the time to shop for the kind of denim you might just get away with at the office and a classic button-down you can wear well beyond your 9-to-5. You don’t have to spend a ton, but definitely spend where it counts, and keep an eye out for the pieces you’ll wear from season to season, year after year. Just consider this your 20-something starter wardrobe, and start shopping all the key closet staples right here.
— Additional reporting by Macy Cate Williams and Hannah Weil McKinley