Here's What Business Casual *Actually* Looks Like At Your Internship

Is it just me or is “business casual” the most confusing term in the world? The phrase is a bit of an oxymoron, and its definition can vary so much in different office environments. And when you’re an intern trying to navigate the realm of what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate to wear in the office that’s business casual, it can get a little fuzzy. 

When you normally think of traditional office attire, its dark suits, conservative dresses, or a blouse with a collar. It all falls under the category of business professional. But, what about business casual? It’s usually considered more relaxed, allowing for prints, brighter colors, and flats to co-exist on a daily basis.

Figuring out what to wear for your internship really comes with time, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn't be prepared with some basic business casual essentials that will not only make you feel comfortable but confident. 

  1. 2. Button Down Shirts

    You can never go wrong with a simple button-down shirt. They're incredibly versatile, they're comfortable, and they're professional. If you want something with a little more flare, I suggest picking a button down that is polka dotted, ruffled, stripped, or a bright color.

  2. 4. Fun Blouses

    Mix up your outfits with some sort of fun print or floral blouse. You don't always have to stick with neutrals, but you shouldn't go too trendy with lace, sheer, or cropped look (no matter how much you love it). In the colder months, you can easily layer a print blouse with a cardigan or blazer.

  3. 5. A Versatile Cardigan

    Offices are often iceboxes in disguise, so you definitely want a cardigan on hand. I suggest finding a style of cardigan you love and buying one in almost every color. I know, it sounds crazy, but at least you'll have a cardigan to match each outfit and be warm. 

  4. 6. Black Pants

    If your office doesn't allow jeans, then you need to grab different styles of black pants. 

  5. 9. A Ready-To-Go, Multi-look Dress

    Comfortable and breezy dresses are great, and it's an easy way to dress up with a blazer and jewelry or down with a cardigan.