Over the past few months, I’ve (hopefully) provided a lot of advice on how to dress as a college student. Many of us, though, are nearing the end of our education and are thinking about the next steps after school. I have been giving a lot of thought to this myself, and when I saw this week’s Fashionista in a professional-chic ensemble, I realized it would be great to discuss how to dress for the office, whether it’s for an internship or your dream career.
The first thing when determining your attire for a particular job or internship is to consider the company you are working for. You are dressing to impress your employers and peers, so you have to let them know you are educated in the company and respect possible rules and expectations. Find out the office’s environment and overall vibe in advance so you don’t show up on the first day wearing a full suit while everyone else is wearing jeans! Some staple pieces include a well-tailored blazer, nice blouses and longer pencil skirts with a conservative cut. I adore this slightly oversized blazer from Elizabeth and James. Don’t be afraid, however, to mix your outfit up with a colorful or printed cardigan. This great dip dyed version is chic yet subtle. As for shoes, forgo your highest pumps for nice flats, loafers and low heels. These low-heeled pumps from Madewell are available in plenty of colors and have a thick heel making them easy to walk in. I also love these loafer-style flats with a small bit of studding on the sides from Zara.
For a fashion-oriented job, there is a bit more freedom to express your style. You still have to look put-together, but there is room for imagination. Fashionably printed blouses, leather jackets, a sequin jacket or a trendy bag are always great ideas in this field. Employers will love a blend of creativity and professionalism in your outfits.
This week’s Fashionista’s position is out of the fashion world and more corporate oriented. But, since she is style-conscious, she made sure to bring her personality to her wardrobe. This Fashionista kept it relatively simple with a tailored blazer with the sleeves lightly cuffed, a black pencil skirt and burgundy silk blouse. She playfully accessorized with bow-adorned heels.
It’s definitely tough to look professional and office-ready with a college student’s wardrobe and budget. But, don’t reach for the pantsuit just yet! Be sure to blend professional apparel with your own personal style and you’ll look chic, office-ready and dressed to impress.