This is only my second week interning, but I thought I’d share a few of the outfits I’ve been wearing. I hope you find some of these tips useful, and I’d love to hear about your own interning fashion experiences! Mirror selfies are not ideal, of course. Anyway, here they are!
I work in a big, fancy office, but I’m lucky that the dress code is relatively flexible. Here, I’m wearing a thrifted striped Ralph by Ralph Lauren shirt. This may be my favorite shirt that I own, since it’s so versatile with its navy stripes and ivory background. It pairs nicely with these lapis J. Crew Cafe Capri pants (last seen here), which I scored on sale for around $15. As for jewelry, an intern must always be on time, and this Kate Spade watch matches everything I own (from Poshmark). The striped Kate Spade bangle, spiky Stella & Dot bracelet and metallic-y Kate Spade flats are all eBay finds.
Obviously I got down to business with this outfit. Like I said, I’m afforded decent outfit freedom in my office, but I felt very classy this day in a comfortable pencil skirt (Zara, $5 from Salvation Army) and loose Vince top ($9 on eBay). My tip for the ideal draping look is to suck in and tuck your top into your bottoms until the fabric is taut, then relax your body and tease a little fabric out on every side. Calf hair Cole Haan x Maria Sharapova flats ($22 at Buffalo Exchange) kept things interesting. The glasses are Kate Spade and were a birthday gift, and the vintage Fendi bag was my grandmother’s.
This outfit is the most casual of the three, but looks fairly polished in person. I’m wearing head-to-toe J. Crew here, and really, can you ever go wrong with that? The top was around $20 on eBay and has served me well through several seasons since the fabric is slightly weightier than many of their regular boatneck tops. The black Minnie pants in stretch twill were one of my buys from the Distribution Center ($20). The black suede Cece flats are from eBay, and I have Dr. Scholl’s inserts in them to stay extra comfortable.
Three rules I’ve been living by:
1. With all the walking I’ve been doing, flats are a must. My mood may change in the coming weeks, in which case I’ll carry heels with me and change when I get to the office, but for now I’m feeling pretty cheery towards my extensive collection of no-heeled shoes.
2. When it comes to a carry-all bag, go big or go home. It’s not pictured here, but I have a simple black nylon tote that I use to haul around my gym stuff, lunch, water bottle and other assorted nonsense. I’m not concerned about the style too much because it’s lightweight and the only people who see it are myself and others on the subway or whatever, since I throw it under the desk the second I get to work. I usually carry that along with a pretty crossbody to hold my wallet and wear on lunch break.
3. Ironing is important. I now wear a few more wrinkle-prone pieces than I did to classes in college, and I make it a point to pick out my outfit and iron it, if needed, the night before. Even t-shirts or simple tops can get wrinkly, and it’s unprofessional. Ironing takes five minutes and provides instant and satisfying results.