If you haven’t locked in your dream internship for this fall yet, it’s almost crunch time. With the cooler temperatures and back to school sales come new jobs and the opportunities to get closer to the career you’ve always wanted. But any Fashionista knows that being career ready also means dressing career ready. The saying, “dress for the job you want,” is always relevant, especially when you’re starting at a new internship and want to impress your boss.
So how do you look professional and still express your personal style? One of the most important pieces of advice I can give is to choose clothing that is well tailored. It sounds obvious, right? But it is amazing how many people think the tight mini skirt they wore to the club is the same as a knee-length, structured pencil skirt. It’s not. If you really want to stand out at your internship, you have to make a good first impression by dressing like you would fit into the office seamlessly.
Start with the basics. Have several skirts or pants that fit well. Looking professional doesn’t mean covering up head to toe, but it might mean wearing something a little longer than you normally do. Pick a pencil skirt like this one from Ann Taylor that just touches the top of your knee. Depending on the dress code at the company, you might be able to add a more casual top like this short sleeve cotton top with a fun ruffle detail.
This Fashionista also wore gold and rhinestone sandals for a summery look, rather than heels or boots which are good picks for the fall. She stayed fairly reserved with small studded earrings, but adding a statement necklace or chunky watch would add style while maintaining a professional appearance. Once you have the business basics, you can add your personal flair and confidently rock your internship.
How To: Start with a well tailored skirt or pant from somewhere like New York and Company, and add a vibrant blouse. Add a bit of glam with a statement necklace and your favorite flats from ALDO or H&M. Picking colorful accessories are the best way to show off your style and still look business ready.