Although I can’t spend my summers hanging by the pool anymore, being an intern definitely has its perks. At Goodwill I’ve already had the chance to publish my own blog posts, spend some more time in New York City, and work with a great staff. But when it comes to fashion, the intern-life can be a rough adjustment for a college student. (Especially if you’re used to wearing sweats to class!)
As a girl who usually wears casual maxi skirts and little dresses I was a little worried about the whole “business casual” thing. But after surfing through some Pinterest boards and looking through my closet, I realized that all it takes is a few good pieces to rock your internship style!
If you find the right pieces, you’ll be able to mix them in with clothes you already have so you keep the style you love (and keep the money you need).
Here are three of my picks for “business casual” internship-style staple items every young intern should have this summer!
1. Comfortable Blazer or Cardigan
Most offices are ALWAYS freezing. I’ll take the icy tundra vibe over a summer office with no AC any day, but I always need to be prepared for the chill. Having a classic (and comfortable!) cardigan is key for the office-life. You’ll survive the chill and cover up any inappropriate straps or sleeveless pieces. If your office is a little more professional, try going for a blazer to dress up your look. Once you find a great neutral blazer or cardigan you can wear it over any outfit you have for a practical and stylish look. Or, try a bight blazer like this one that Kim Kardashian is rocking for a pop-of-color look!
2. Conservative Dress
If you’re more of a skirt and dresses kind of person like me, work-appropriate dresses are the way to go for intern-style. Try to find a dress that does not show any cleavage and falls at your knees or slightly above them. Meeting a boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents, going to a family party, attending a religious service, or working at a future company are all great excuses you may find to wear this dress again. Try to find 2-3 of these dresses that work great for you. Then, you can mix and match them with statement necklaces, belts, or cardigans you already have for a different look each time you wear them! Try a statement pattern dress like this one Lupita Nyong’o wore to the Pre-Golden Globes party for DuJour Magazine!
3. Work Pants
Slacks, trousers, or whatever you call them, these pants are made for workin’! Having a comfortable, yet professional pair of pants is essential for building your intern-wardrobe. Find a basic black or other neutral pair that you can wear over and over again. Don’t worry though, pants aren’t all work and no fun! There are also some more more fun “work pants” like these adorable color-block ones that Blake Lively is sporting. This way, you can still express your personal style while you look great in the office.
Now that you know what to pieces to include in your intern wardrobe, the question is where to buy all these pieces. Instead of spending all your money in the professional sections of some major department stores, try visiting thrift stores like your local Goodwill where you can find professional pieces at great prices! Our stores have a large selection of blazers and other professional pieces to chose from so you can look vintage and chic when you’re at work!
What will you wear to rock your internship style this summer?
Alyssa Raiola is a Journalism student at Northwestern University where she spends her time writing for campus publications, searching for new restaurants, and picking the perfect Instagram filters. Although she loves jogging along Lake Michigan and exploring the Windy City, her heart lies back home in New Jersey where pizza is the right shape and bagels are a delicacy. This summer, she’s back in the Big Apple interning and blogging with Goodwill Industries before she heads off to Seville, Spain to study abroad for the fall semester.
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