WHAT TO WEAR: Internship

What to Wear

Looking professional means embodying a classic, clean style. You’re free to break away from the mundane black and white business look, so long as your outfit stays within the appropriate boundaries of the workplace. While the go-to blouse and dress pants combo requires no thought, it also requires little creativity. This Fashionista takes on the challenge of dressing professionally, while adding in her own style.

When I spotted this Fashionista in the frigid cold her look transported me Europe. Her oversized, navy blue peacoat paired with knee-high socks and brogue ankle boots looked like an updated version of the classic childhood character, Madeline. She skillfully mixes prints with her stripped dress and patchwork scarf by staying within the same color family. To top off her look and battle the bitter wind chill, she wears a knitted beret, complementing the overall English schoolgirl vibe.

This look stays within the realms of professionalism with its neutral pallet and appropriate hemlines. Although her dress falls above her knees, she wears tights and socks to avoid too much exposure. The gold buttons pop against her navy peacoat and add a hint of sophistication. If you plan to splurge on an item for your internship, make it a proper peacoat. In chilly weather, peacoats add to your look rather than detract from it. Search for one in a neutral color or pattern to ensure that it will complement every outfit in your closet.

A professional-looking peacoat calls for a professional (yet stylish) outfit underneath. If you choose not to rock a dress like this Fashionista, opt for pixie pants and ankle booties instead. Worn with a button-up blouse and statement accessories, you’ll look professional while still exposing your individual style. Show your fellow employees that you can work hard while still looking fashionable and professional.

One Simple Change: Take this outfit from business chic to casual date night by replacing the tights and socks with dark wash skinny jeans. Swap the dress for a cute top and you’re ready to impress.

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