College is the ultimate balancing act. Juggling countless responsibilities from a full load of classes to that coveted internship, fitting it all in to a day is merely half the battle. With each responsibility comes a uniquely distinct code of dress and complementing beauty regimen. Only the astute Fashionista can perfect the transition from carefree classroom wear to an intriguing internship ensemble. What’s more, it’s vital to maintain appropriate hair, nails and everything in between. So, nix the dip-dyed tips and glitter-coated nails when stepping into the often-feared office uniform. Rather, keep it simple, yet effortlessly chic, like this Fashionista.
Depending on the internship, color can go a long way. This Fashionista plays it safe with classic hues of navy and black. In fact, this timeless pairing of cool tones dominated the fall/winter runways, making it the ideal fall palette. Carolina Herrera, in particular, achieved a rare form of functional luxury with head-to-toe navy and black. When it came to model beauty, she maintained a desired level of simplicity with minimal accessorizing and understated makeup. Similarly, this Fashionista accessorizes in select pieces of silver jewelry, while keeping her hair, nails and makeup neutral. She rocks ink-jet locks, gracefully tasseled at the ends with maximum face-framing capabilities. Plus, her D.I.Y. French manicure looks minimalist, yet statement-worthy against her rings.
For an office-appropriate look that won’t break the bank, invest in a few staple pieces to pair with items already in your closet. First and foremost, every Fashionista needs a work-appropriate skirt. Try Anthropologie’s Chantilly Lace Mini. The lace details keep it fashion-forward, while maintaining a suitable hemline. Pair the skirt with a solid pair of tights, a simple chambray or silk button-down and a sleek pair of flats or boots. I personally love making a statement with my footwear—so don’t shy away from bold colors and statement patterns. Lastly, keep everything from your hair to your nails natural. Opt for solid-colored nail polish and a sleek, wavy mane. With your outfit in check, taking on the rest of the day will seem like a breeze.