You want to be classy and comfortable when running from class straight to your internship. This isn’t always easy to accomplish, especially on days when all you want is to wear sweatpants and a hoodie. But on days when your internship demands something a little nicer than your college sweatshirt, here are four outfits that are classy, comfy and fierce.
For the law intern
As much as we all aspire to be like Elle Woods, in the real world, her iconic pink courtroom ensemble just won’t cut it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still look good wearing something a little more classic. For any sort of corporate internship, it’s a good idea to go a little dressier with a classic blazer and dress pants. Channel your inner Elle Woods with a pink statement necklace, and you’ll be ready to rule the courtroom. And if you can't afford these swoon-worthy flats, you can try making them yourself!
For the startup intern
Easy and comfortable is the name of the game here, so keep it simple. A denim shirt and black skinny jeans are a cool way to be stylish yet laid back. Pair that with a chunky scarf and some booties, and running from class to your internship will be a breeze.
For the media intern
In an industry like publishing, the dress code can be fairly casual, which gives you a lot of room to play with your style. Something like an effortless chiffon dress is comfortable, easy to put together in the morning, but doesn't feel overdressed for your 9 a.m. lecture.
For the tech intern
Tech giant Steve Jobs was known for two things: Apple and his signature black turtleneck. Although Jobs may not have been your go-to style guru, there was something to be said about his uniform. According to Brianne James, a junior at Ryerson University, “You can never go wrong with a turtleneck and high-waisted tapered trouser pants. Sometimes I even add a loose, soft-structured blazer. It sounds dressy, but it can easily be dressed down or dressed up! And it’s super breezy and comfortable.” Simple, chic, effective—Mr. Jobs would be proud.
For the creative intern
You’re in an industry that is not super strict about dress code. In a business casual environment, you can put your own spin on classics. Iris Goldsztajn, a senior at UCLA, has two foolproof class-to-internship outfit combos. “I usually wear jeans with nice flats or sandals, and maybe a cute blazer," Iris says. "Otherwise, I’ll wear a skirt that’s both cute and long enough to be professional and a nice blouse. Obviously, this is a little more dressy than your typical campus yoga pants, but you can never be overdressed or overeducated, right?” We couldn't agree more.
For the PR intern
Kelly Cutrone, legendary fashion PR maven, is known for her all-black uniform. If you're not ready to go full-out, follow her example but avoid the funeral look by wearing a bright blouse. There you go—you have a super chic, #girlboss look that transitions fiercely from class to your internship.
Whatever your style or internship may be, there are a ton of ways to dress professionally, comfortably and still show off who you are. Now get out there and work it, girl!