Here's How to Ace Your Internship's Dress Code This Semester

Here's How to Ace Your Internship's Dress Code This Semester

Congratulations! You’ve snagged that coveted internship position. Your efforts might’ve included spending hours on the application or even networking for months. Remember, you deserve it and should enjoy this moment. Take it in!

But if you’re here, you still might be faced with one problem: you have no idea what to wear. The iconic costume designer Edith Head once said, “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” These are words to live by, but they might make you nervous about choosing outfits for this step in your career. Office attire can seem intimidating if this is your first job, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few tips and tricks, a little office dress code knowledge, and some inspiration, you can build an internship wardrobe that’s effortless, on-trend and true to your style. Here are eight different looks you can wear to your internship, depending on the dress code.

Dress Code: Business Professional

If your internship’s dress code is ‘business professional,’ you’re going to want to follow some rules. Formal clothing — such as suits, closed-toed shoes and knee-length dresses — are usually required. You can spice up these classics by playing with fun colors, prints and textures. Try a pastel pantsuit for your first day, or a geometric shift dress. 

Tip: if you’re not exactly sure what your office’s dress code is, don’t be afraid to ask!

Dress Code: Business Casual

If your office’s dress code is ‘business casual’ you’ve got a little more freedom to play with. I’d say mix something trendy with a more classic piece, like the button-up shirt and pink sweater vest pictured above. You could also try out a trouser and t-shirt combo for a relaxed, yet sophisticated look.

PHOTO: @aptakovic

Dress Code: Casual

If you get to wear casual clothing to your internship, I’m seriously jealous of you! You can easily elevate your favorite pair of jeans and sneakers with a colorful blazer and graphic t-shirt. Casual dress codes are also a great opportunity to wear your new favorite dress. I love anything cottage-core right now. 

Tip: don’t forget to accessorize! The right bag or cute pair of shoes can elevate an otherwise run-of-the-mill outfit to perfection.

Dress Code: Remote

Almost anything goes when it comes to outfits for your remote internship. Because you’ll be working from home or in a very casual setting, I’d recommend something comfortable but still put together. Try a matching sweatpant or knit sweater set for a chill workday vibe. You could also wear an oversized button-up shirt with shorts. 

Tip: Your boss might be working in their pajamas, but you don’t have to! Dressing up for your remote internship might help you feel more motivated and confident, even over Zoom. 

Ready to tackle your internship? Trust in your style intuition and gather inspiration before putting your outfits together. You’ll do great! 

Featured photo by @emilypfeifferr