Here's What to Wear to Your Very First Fashion Internship Interview

Here's What to Wear to Your Very First Fashion Internship Interview

Let’s be real here: As students who are just joining the workforce, most of us own more sweatpants and tees than we do formal business wear. Yet as we progress through college, interviews and internships become more frequent, creating quite the dilemma when attempting to dress to impress (especially when you’re in a creative industry like fashion). But don’t fear—with a few key items you already have in your wardrobe, you can easily create a work-appropriate outfit that will work for even the most professional occasion. The five styling tips ahead prove you don’t need to spend your entire paycheck to look interview-ready.

mix a blazer with a bright print

A good blazer is another piece you can’t go wrong with for an interview. Luckily, plaid blazers are everywhere right now and are super fun to style. Try pairing yours with a brightly printed piece for a look that’s completely unexpected. Want to really impress your interviewer? Wear a pair of chic kitten heels to show you’re both stylish and sensible.

little black dress

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layer a little black dress over a crisp blouse

Who doesn’t love a little black dress? If you’re unsure of how to style yours, try throwing a sleeveless one over a crisp button-down to create an outfit that’s both polished and trendy. To elevate the look, add some bold-colored accessories. 

t-shirt and blazer

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tuck a basic t-shirt into stylish trousers

Though T-shirts may seem unprofessional, I’d argue that they can be office-appropriate when styled with key pieces. Can’t figure out what to wear under your blazer? Slip on a white T-shirt and tuck it into some high-waisted trousers, then finish the look with a pair of statement heels. Glam it all up with a bright red lip.

black pants

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wear black pants under a long coat

Finding the perfect pair of black pants will change the way you dress. They can add an element of sophistication to any outfit and require very little effort to style. I love cropped, wide-leg pants paired with ankle boots, a turtleneck, and a coat. It’s a stylish and easy way to layer when you’re dealing with freezing-cold weather and an unexpectedly warm office.

add a button-down under a chic jacket

A simple button-down shirt is essential to your wardrobe and one of the easiest pieces to wear for a professional look. If you don’t already own one, I recommend starting with a plain white button-down shirt. This piece is incredibly versatile, so you can truly pair it with anything. Go for a classic look by tucking it into a pair of jeans or wearing it under a chic blazer. You can also pair it with some black pants and flats for an elegant look. Bottom line: You can’t go wrong with a button-down shirt.

How do you style your casual pieces for an interview? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured photo by @freehandednonsense.

  1. I love all of these tips! I will be sure to use these for my next internship interview. When I style casual pieces for something important like an internship or presentation I like to add fancier jewelry such as pearls and studs. Pearls make any outfit look fancy.

  2. I am a hiring manager for a large medical facility and if anyone came in wearing any of the outfits pictured, they would be given a fast courtesy interview and no more. These outfits look like faux upscale dressing for the homeless.

    1. These outfits are stylish, but from my understanding they wouldn’t be appropriate for an interview. Please let me know if I am wrong.

      1. Hi Ed, While the suggested items may be too casual for a conservative office environment like a law firm, creative agencies and fashion gigs want to see you show off your personal style in your interview outfit, which is why we kept things a little more fashion-forward and eclectic than the typical pant suit recommendations you may see elsewhere. As long as you still look put together and work-ready, there’s more wiggle room. But remember, your resume and your attitude is ALWAYS more important than your outfit, so while you should feel super-confident in your look, make sure you’re punctual and ready with great questions — that’s the real key to landing the job.

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