WHAT TO WEAR: Internship

So you finally landed that killer internship that you’ve been dreaming of for months. You proved yourself during the super competitive application process, and now it’s time to reassure everyone that they made the right choice in hiring you. You don’t want to just impress your boss with your strengths, but you also want to impress your coworkers with your impeccable fashion sense. Even if your workplace has a stricter dress code, this is a great chance to explore a new and sophisticated side of your style.

When we think of professional work attire, we may picture the conventional combination of trousers, a button-up and blazer. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to that tradition, but the modern work world offers us much more freedom with style than some of us may realize. This Fashionista shows us that professional can still look youthful and, most importantly, exhibit our personal style. I feel that the key piece in this ensemble is the high-waisted midi skirt. The hemline falls just below the knee, which is a perfect length for a work environment. Because it’s still winter, this Fashionista added a pair of opaque tights to keep her legs warm both outside and in the office. A graphic T-shirt may not be your first idea of professional attire, but she keeps it chic by tucking it into her skirt and adding an embellished bib necklace. The long-line camel coat and gorgeous rose Mulberry bag make for the final touches on this classy outfit. All of these elements are fun and feminine, yet still appropriate for an internship.

Whether your internship is paid or you’re just working for experience, you’re going to gain a ton of knowledge in your field and hopefully make connections that are useful post-graduation. It’s awesome to make a career out of something you’re passionate about; it’s even better to feel and look great while doing it.

One Simple Change: Heading straight from work to a coffee date with that cutie from your calculus class? All you need to do is switch the skirt and tights for a pair of dark-wash jeans and you’ll be ready to go.