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5 All-Black Power Outfits for Your Summer Internship

For many college women, the start of summer means the start of a new internship. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about your dream career, and you’re probably nervous about making a great impression on your superiors. Well, a sharp outfit is the perfect way to impress, and an all-black ensemble is always stylish and classy—no matter what industry you’re going into. Here are five power outfits that are all black and all style. They’re sure to make you look like a total pro at office attire, and with only a few signature pieces, you’ll be set to rock your summer internship in style!

The decision-maker

A stuffy suit is pretty unappealing any time of year, but especially in the summer when you’re just trying to stay cool in your hot cubicle. Instead of investing in a dull pantsuit, try mixing and matching all black separates for a look that’s still office-appropriate, but much more comfortable—and stylish! A pair of well-fitted black pants will be a staple garment to wear all summer long. Top them with a loose, feminine tee for a bit of flair and lots of comfort.

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The bohemian boss

Ruffle tank top

Oasis handbags purse

GUESS bead necklace


Here’s proof that black doesn’t have to mean boring. This look is all about shape and texture, with a hip-hugging pencil skirt and flirty ruffles. What an all-black look lacks in color, you can totally make up for in interesting, unique pieces. Here, your typical pencil skirt is taken up a notch with a flattering, high waist and tasteful slit. The softness and loose style of the top also helps balance the shapeliness of the skirt. You’ll still be office-appropriate, but with the added benefit of being able to hit the town at 5 p.m. without a wardrobe change!

The creative director

Not all offices are the same when it comes to clothing, and these days, you’ll find a lot more places that favor comfort over formality. Especially if you’re in a creative field or have to be on your feet a lot of the day, you won’t want to be constrained by a tight suit. As always, the little black dress can save the day! A loose-fitted jersey dress that hits just above the knee is still suitable for your 9-to-5, but will give you a bit more room to breathe if you plan on running around most of the day. You should always avoid flip-flops in the office—the noise alone will drive your co-workers crazy—but strappy sandals or flats are perfect for a summer job. If you need another layer, try a modern take on the kimono, which is elegant and trendy.

The commuter club

Let’s face it, city life is expensive and, on an intern’s budget, the thought of paying for housing that’s convenient for your downtown job is daunting. Unfortunately, commuting is one of those real-life necessities you may have to deal with, at least until you land your dream. For a work wardrobe that’s equally stylish and commuter-friendly, look for pieces that won’t wrinkle while you’re on the train or bus. A pair of black jogger pants in a crepe (or polyester) fabric are both comfortable and resilient, and you can often find a pair with an elastic waistband, perfect for a long commute. A boxy, V-neck tank is also a great option for keeping you cool and composed while dealing with unpredictable public transportation. Of course, no commuter can live without a great pair of flats and a tote bag for carrying everything she needs throughout the day. Shoes are a great way to bring a pop of color to your black outfit, so look for a pair in a bright hue or playful print.

The influencer

Tux jacket

BCBGeneration jumpsuit

Chevron necklace


Thousands of eager college students apply for internships in the competitive fashion industry, and if you’re one of the lucky few to land the job, you’re probably equally nervous and excited. Not to mention, there’s a lot of pressure to look on-point each day. Luckily, an all-black outfit is always a chic option for fashion girls. An internship in fashion also gives you an opportunity to take more outfit risks than in other jobs, so relax and have fun with it! A black jumpsuit is one of those pieces that is so versatile and stylish that you’ll want to wear it all year long. It’s easy to throw on in the morning when you’re scrambling to get ready, but instantly makes you look put together. Add a chic blazer with leather and zipper details for some interest and a little more coverage, and invest in a cute cross-body bag that you can easily carry around with you on all those showroom visits!

Dressing for work can seem like a big shock when you’ve been living in yoga pants and jeans all semester, but with a few simple style hacks, you’ll be the office fashionista in no time. And when you feel like you have nothing to wear, all-black is the way to go.