WHAT TO WEAR: Internship

The Karen Walker resort 2016 collection was the epitome of the proverbial American girl, only chicer. While there were no star-spangled A-line dresses or red and white striped T-shirts in sight, there were rose-red tops and blue florals that added a new fashion-forward ring to patriotism. Instead of seeing your typical bootcut jeans or cut-off shorts, Walker transformed denim by crafting it into retro mini dresses, peasant tops and cut-off capris, which are relatively new on the fashion scene. Many of these pieces were casual enough for an Independence Day celebration and formal enough to wear to the office. This being said, a lot of the looks could segue seamlessly into your internship, where finding the balance between comfort and professionalism is crucial. While it may seem audacious to show up in Chuck Taylors and a T-shirt, showing up in a pencil skirt and daring pumps may not be ideal for the tasks that you will have to tackle throughout the day, either.

Although executing this balance may seem a bit ambiguous at first, if you follow this Fashionista’s example, dressing for an internship will feel as simple as slipping into your favorite pair of topsiders on a Saturday morning. Note that while she is sporting the popular denim dress trend, she made it practical for an internship with subtle glamorous touches and a great pair of nude suede flats. Her belted chambray dress, complete with eyelet cutouts, outlined in white along the neckline and the hem harmonized beautifully with her pearl ring surrounded by dainty diamonds. This classic statement ring sprinkled in just enough glamour without distracting from the other delicate details of the outfit.

So, while you may not be able to wear denim apparel every day, I would definitely encourage you to try out this denim dress trend for your next internship venture. You can choose to take the clean and classic route that this Fashionista chose, or you could even add a pop of color with a coral flat. All in all, this look shows that you can be trendy without being ostentatious and elegant without sacrificing the convenience of a flat. Finally, there are so many ways to interpret the look, so have fun by adding your own unique twist!

One Simple Change: Tailor this dress to an outdoor concert by exchanging the flats for a pair of brown leather ankle boots and a rustic cuff bracelet in place of the ring. If you are feeling a bit eccentric, top it off with a flower crown.