So you got that summer internship you’ve been dreaming of? Awesome! What you didn’t count on was having to rebuild your wardrobe while building your résumé. Those tight bandage skirts you wear out are not going to cut it in the “real world.” But don’t go into panic mode just yet! Here are a few tips and pieces to keep in mind before blowing your entire paycheck on necessary office wear.
Remember that your internship is temporary, but the clothes you buy will stay with you longer than three months (hopefully). While shopping, look for pieces that are versatile. You are aiming for modest, but chic and young, too. There is nothing worse than buying one-occasion-only outfits: not only is it wasteful of your money, but these clothes take up precious and scarce storage space while you’re back at school.
Blazers: Even if you aren’t working in a stuffy office, every woman should own the perfect blazer. This piece is a fashion staple. Pair it with a blouse and slacks and you’re ready to take on the copy machine or dress it down with a pair of skinny jeans and flats to go for a casual-chic look. Make sure the blazer is a little fitted, so you maintain a chic and feminine silhouette.
Pencil Skirts: It’s tough to find skirts that are work and play appropriate: too long and they’re too boring to wear out, too short and you’ll be inappropriate at work. A good skirt to invest in is one that hits a couple of inches above the knee. Anything shorter than the picture, and you could be chatting with the HR lady.
Dresses: Dresses are the perfect way to bring a little playfulness to the workplace. Think basic: solids, somewhat simple silhouettes, and slightly muted colors. That way, you are free to accessorize according to the occasion! If you do decide to use bright colors, think about toning it down by wearing a blazer and keeping accessories to a minimum.
Accessories: The best way to keep an outfit from feeling too drab is a funky necklace, or big earrings, but while at work, you want to keep your look refined. Look for jewelry that focuses on a single color. For example, the necklace pictured would look great with a simple neutral dress. Throw on a cardigan or blazer, and if you’re feeling bold, some heels! You’re an unstoppable force of classy, mature, executive nature.