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WHAT TO WEAR: Internship

So you scored that killer internship that you’ve been dreaming of since freshman year. Now you have to ask yourself the ultimate question: What do I wear? Before you go to your closet in a state of panic, throwing clothes all over the room and pulling your hair out, let me offer you my advice.

I caught this Fashionista while she was off to her internship. I like the way she was able to strike a happy medium between casual and business attire. As I suspected, her internship consisted of her being on her feet most of the time, doing unglamorous tasks. Her layering tactic allows her to add and subtract comfortably, pending the unpredictability of air conditioning. She included a classy striped sheath dress, an Old Navy chambray shirt and a traditional black cardigan. Her Elie Tahari black heeled booties make a powerful statement in the workplace. It’s as if she were saying, “I am a strong and capable woman who is ready to work.” Her black sheer tights and simple rings add another layer of sophistication and style to the ensemble. Her simple, no quarrels approach to this outfit is remarkable and she was certainly dressed to impress.

This Fashionista’s standout accessory that made me swoon was her ruby red, Nine West leather backpack. A pop of red was the ideal addition that elevated this look into eye-catching. Along with being the cutest backpack ever, it is completely utilitarian and easy storage for anything one may need for another day as an intern (tissues, umbrella, an apple for the boss). The clean lines and cat ear pieces on the top flap may have made this bag the conversation piece of the office. Backpacks are all the rage now in fashion, being featured on the runways of top brands like Fendi’s pre-fall 2015 collection. Along with perfectly marrying casual and professional, this Fashionista was able to include a chic accessory with personality. If she doesn’t look ready to take on any task thrown her way as an intern, then pray for the rest of us.

One Simple Change: Have class after your internship? Bring along some oxfords in your backpack to give your feet some relief.