10 Items Every Woman Should Own In Her 20s

June 19, 2017 by Justine Schwartz
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After graduating college and turning 21, there are so many amazing milestones ahead for every girl in her 20s. From exciting career opportunities, to travel, friendships and romantic relationships, the experiences you'll have in your 20s will shape who you are for the rest of your adult life. So--what will you be wearing throughout all of it?


We teamed up with Stitch Fix, the leading online personal styling service for women and men, to get their expert styling tips for 10 things every woman should own in her 20s. 


Click through the slideshow to find out what they are, then leave a comment telling us how many you already own! 


[Photo: Viva Luxury]

“Adding a classic, luxe blazer is essential for a graduate’s wardrobe. From interviews to big meetings, a timeless black blazer is my go-to when I want to look professional and polished. In the Fall, I also pair my blazers with skinny denim, flowy tops, and pumps for a look that’s great from conference room to cocktails.” - Stitch Fix Styling Marketing Lead, Tiffany Reese


[Photo: Brooklyn Blonde]

“Conquer adulting with practical and timeless black flats with a sharp and chic pointed toe. These are the more practical sister shoe to quintessential pumps but miles more versatile. From denim and blouses on date nights to slacks and blazers for summer internships and interviews, these shoes will save you time and again.” - Stitch Fix Stylist, Jennifer M.


[Photo: Song Of Style]

A striped knit top is the easiest way to channel Parisian sophistication. Think v-neck cotton tee’s or a ¾ sleeve boatneck knit to pair with skinnies, tailored trousers, and shorts to help everyday ensembles steer clear of looking overly casual and unkempt.” Stitch Fix Stylist, Jennifer M.


[Photo: Damsel In Dior]

“A high quality and cool leather moto jacket that’s the real deal will instantly up the ante for any outfit you throw together while effortlessly saying, ‘I’ve got it together.’ like no other 2nd layer can.” Stitch Fix Stylist, Jennifer M.


[Photo: Viva Luxury]

“A tote bag that you can wear both to work and on the weekends will save you from having to switch purses while running out the door and adds a mature element to your look. Bonus points if it comes with a slim pouch or card case -- great for pulling out when you’re looking to carry the bare essentials.” - Stitch Fix Stylist, Anne R.


[Photo: Jess Ann Kirby]

“There is a reason the LBD (little black dress) is the ultimate wardrobe staple-- it looks good with anything. Pair it with a blazer and flats during the day, and at night, swap out the flats for pumps and add a bold red lip.” - Stitch Fix Stylist, Anne R.


[Photo: Mind Body Swag]

“Never underestimate the power of a simple black pencil skirt. This wardrobe superstar will transition seamlessly from your first job interview to your everyday workwear rotation #likeaboss” -Ask A Stylist Contributor, Stephania S.

“Want an item that has icon status? Look no further than the wrap dress. It’s one of those pieces that is winning in both the style and wearability department. Bonus: the fact that it flatters almost every body puts it on the must-have list for casual workdays, weddings, and any pretty much any other summer event you can throw at it.” -Ask A Stylist Contributor, Stephania S.


[Photo: Jess Ann Kirby]

After 4 long years of walking through puddles, endless road trips and dancing the night away, your shoes have probably seen better days. Take the time to upgrade your footwear collection to the basic essentials. Black pumps, professional flats, and neutral sandals are a must.
—Stitch Fix Stylist, Brittany Mann


[Photo: Always Judging]

"Investing in a timeless pair of black pants that fit you well can be an annoying purchase but you’ll find yourself reaching for them time and again and you’ll be glad you splurged on this go-to basic! ---Stitch Fix Stylist, Nanda


[Photo: Damsel In Dior]

“If you’re entering a creative field, denim might just be the dress code of choice. Save your distressed duds for the weekend, and invest in a pair of high-quality jeans in a dark, uniform wash. A mid or high rise is your best bet for a polished yet effortless vibe. Extra points for a bootcut pair – the sleek, clean lines elongate your legs, and you can slip on heels to dress ‘em up!” Stitch Fix Stylist, Jan S.


[Photo: Damsel In Dior]

Silky shells are classics for a reason! Stock your closet with sleeveless or cap-sleeved blouses in solid jewel tones, and you’ll always have something to wear under your favorite blazer. Swap out the blazer for a moto jacket to go straight from meetings to Happy Hour mingling.” Stitch Fix Stylist, Jan S.


[Photo: Damsel In Dior]

Once your cap is thrown and the champagne is gone, swap your cozy library look for a perfect-for-summer swimsuit and a pair of sunnies! Stash the latest chick-lit novel and a towel in a beach bag to take full advantage of your final taste of freedom before you enter the work world. --Stitch Fix Stylist, Nanda


[Photo: Gal Meets Glam]

"Just because you’re a bonafide adult doesn’t mean you have to be all work and no play. Replace your boyfriend's old sweatpants with a pair of ladylike joggers for the weekends. -- Stitch Fix Stylist, Brittany Mann



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Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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