Thursday, June 21, 2012

Intern Fashion

With college comes internships. Whether it's talking about them, searching for them, they're unescapable. But hopefully by now, you've snagged a gig and are endlessly happy. With that dream gig comes questions, though. One of the most frequently asked questions: WHAT DO I WEAR?!

Most sites say to dress formally, in dresses or suits. There aren't really many, if any, that show how to showcase your personality without forgoing personality. So today we've decided to tackle this common issue.

If you're at a company with a pretty chill policy, first, consider yourself one of the luckiest interns alive, and next, don't take advantage of the privilege. We have some guidelines and ideas on how to go about the what-to-wear-to-intern debacle.

1. Ask the dress code! This seems like common sense, but there's no telling how many people forget to ask and end up embarrassed at being underdressed. It's always a safe bet to ask, and after a few weeks, I'm sure you'll be able to pick up on the things that may be questionable. It's your best bet to err on the side of overdressed in the beginning also.

2. Watch it with hair and makeup. Regardless of how lax your dress code is, be super careful when it comes to hair and makeup. Bed head may look cute with your outfit and you may love rocking a bold red lip, but those looks don't translate well to an office environment. The only exception is for makeup, and that's if you're in a beauty related industry.

3. Ideas. Here are two great looks to give you some inspiration.

Casual Internship Look
This is a more casual look for the office. Notice that the colors are simple and neutral and you're covered, for the most part in a blouse and black skinny pants. Heels are a great addition to this, and these Jeffrey Campbells are amaze! But, heels might not always be the best choice, especially if you're running around, so be mindful of your environment and tasks. This would be a great choice for a Friday, when dress codes are relaxed a bit and you can get away with a casual look.

Everyday Internship Look
This look is a bit more formal and appropriate for every day. The dress poses a slight issue, as it's a bit low cut, and it would be in your best interest to wear a camisole under it. Also, many companies are not proponents of sleeveless items, so tote along a sweater (some offices are freezing, too!). It's a good idea to make sure the straps of sleeveless items are at least the width of three fingers as well. Notice that we added some practical flats in a punchy animal print to add some flair and personality to this mostly black look.

As far as jewelry, notice that for the wrist we included watches. This is because unlike bangles, they don't annoyingly clank together as you write, type, or complete tasks. Cuff bracelets would work just as well, seeing as they are a singular item. We also included stud earrings which are cute, but not too flashy.

We hope these guidelines help you when getting ready for your internship. And remember, when in doubt, don't wear it. Good luck and happy shopping!


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