I recently read an article about items of clothing you need to chuck out when you enter the professional working world, and I was amazed at how I just automatically stopped wearing those items of clothing when I graduated from university this year. Not because I don’t like them anymore, but because I’m in the adult world now and I just don’t do the same things anymore that I used to when I was at university. Eating a ton of junk food without getting fat? No, sorry. I eat a few chips and I can feel my jeans starting to cut off my blood circulation. Staying up all night and sleeping all day? No, sorry. I get sleepy at 10 pm and go to bed. If I stay up later than that, I’ll be a zombie the next day. Drinking? Oh hell no! Can you say nauseous the entire next day?
Yup, things change quite a lot when you graduate, but I wouldn’t say it’s all bad. In fact, wearing more tailored clothing and getting a salary sure beats eating McDonald’s, because a slightly better restaurant is too expensive.
But honestly, your wardrobe will change. Here’s what you probably won’t be wearing nearly as much as you thought you would:
Body con dresses
My trusty bodycon dress from YDE
Especially really cheap ones that are clubbing staples. No dear, you’ll trade them in for more lady like ones.
Ugg/slipper looking boots
These slipper boots have always gone with to cold exam rooms at uni
They’re just not meant for the office, regardless of how chilled out the environment is.
The cheesy leopard print one you wore every weekend when going out will just not cut it anymore and to be honest, I can’t get away with boob tubes anyway. I’ve come to accept it, and unfortunately I don’t own one anymore either for the purpose of this blog post.
Frat/sorority tees or jerseys or anything college apparely
My trusty Tuks (University of Pretoria) tee
You know you bought this at the book store or the campus “boutique”, because you’re proud of your university and you wanted to remember university and the swell times you had when you graduate, but I promise you’ll literally almost never wear it as part of a serious outfit ever again. I wear my University of Pretoria t-shirt at home or to the gym. That’s it.
Anything insanely tight
I don’t know why, but it’s just not happening anymore. I can’t deal with feeling uncomfortable anymore in anything or spending my hard earned cash on something that feels like it’s too small for me.
Uncomfortable, cheap shoes
I had my one pair of shoes I ALWAYS wore out when I was at uni and I was sad to chuck them out, because of the great times I had wearing them, but to be honest, apart from them now looking grubby and worn (and being insanely uncomfortable after a while), they were embarrassingly inexpensive and slightly more expensive shoes look better and are much more comfortable. Mine’s already been eaten by the dustbin so sorry, no pics!
My favourite cartoon shirt that I practically lived in all of last year
Okay, this is debatable. Vintage looking ones you will probably still wear occasionally, but the ones that look like your little sister should actually be wearing won’t be seeing the light nearly as often anymore.
So there you have it.
What do you think you’ll wear less?