WHAT TO WEAR: Internship

April is arguably the busiest month for college students because of deadlines piled on final exams layered on top of internship applications. Sometimes it feels like everyone you know already has their summer planned out, whether it’s teaching English in Taiwan or interning for advocacy programs in San Francisco.

Once you do land the perfect internship the question becomes, what do you wear? Your usual academic wardrobe of flirty dresses and legging and tunic combos isn’t exactly appropriate for City Hall. Although internships and their respective dress codes may vary, most hover in the area of business casual. This Fashionista is modeling a pared down look that’s stylish while remaining work appropriate. She adds a twist to the classic blouse and pencil skirt ensemble by wearing floaty sleeves. She disregards the standard button-down for a back zipped top that lends itself to a smoother presentation. Her two-toned flats add a trendy element and keep her comfortable while running around the office. She incorporates her personal style through jewelry. This Jacqueline Fossil watch is a sophisticated touch that replaces the need to over accessorize. Her silver rings pair with the black watch, completing the look.

One Simple Change: To formalize this outfit for an interview, add sheer, black tights and swap out the flats for one inch heels. Clustered fake pearls make for the perfect statement necklace especially on pastel-toned, collared shirts. Remember, the trick to any internship or interview is confidence and open ears.