Personal Shopper: A Real World Wardrobe for Jean

Jean wrote: "1) I love this site! 2) I need your help! I'm turning 30 (yikes!) in a few months, and I think it's time that my wardrobe grows up a little. I don't think I can completely overhaul at once, but I think I could start by getting rid of my hooded sweatshirts, zip-ups and cartoon t-shirts and replace them with, well, more 'grown up' stuff! I could probably use more grown-up jeans and shoes as well, but it's all so overwhelming! I generally default to 'medium', or around a 6-7 for tops. For pants, it depends on where I get them from, but usually around a 6! Jeans are always a 28 waist, 32-33 length. Shoes I'm an 8. I'd like to keep each item under $100 (I'm still a graduate student!), and I'm looking for mostly casual/work clothes since I do spend most of the day in a lab coat anyways! Although my going-out clothes could also use an overhaul! I've been a University student for 11 years, so I haven't really needed to change anything - until now! Not only am I turning 30, I'm hoping to get out in to the 'real world' and get a big girl job!"

Hi Jean! Mitchy here, and it sounds to me like you're maybe a little wary of throwing out your fun clothes in lieu of power suits and white button-ups, so I picked out more transitional pieces that won't make you feel like you're playing dress-up. These four outfits that feature some fun-but-not-too-cartoony pieces, as well as some basics that will hopefully last you awhile without breaking the bank. Good luck out there!

1 - Falling Blossom Top ($25)
2 - Ditsy Dot Bow Top with Belt ($15)
3 - Compact Doubleweave Utility Skirt ($60)
4 - Rocket Dog Marilu Black Spotlight ($38 on sale)
5 - L'Artiste Dress ($76)
6 - Amberly's Silver Hot Air Balloon Pendant Necklace ($38)
7 - Brigitte Bailey Chelsea Bronze Linen Wedges ($79)
8 - Gap Perfect Boot Jeans ($70)
9 - Drew Red Plaid Stretch Ruffle Blouse ($70)
10 - Etienne Aigner Urban Flats in Red Lobster ($39)
11 - Herringbone Stacked Wide Waistband Editor Pant ($70)
12 - Loosened Shelby Blouse ($58)
13 - Fox Racing Women's Cryptic Peacoat ($45)
14 - Beth's Triple Row Turquoise Bead Bracelet ($20)

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