WHAT TO WEAR: Internship

Preparing for your first internship can be frightening. Suddenly, a deluge of grown-up experiences are thrown your way and you must shed your college skin to make an outstanding impression. Part of the preparation involves nailing the dreaded business causal attire. The term can be confusing. I mean, business and casual seem to be on complete opposite sides of the spectrum. A great way to decipher the appropriate attire in your workplace is to feel out the office culture. Until you have accomplished this task, it is safe to stick with a modest wardrobe. Do not fret. Modest doesn’t equal boring. Use this clothing restriction to play around with different colors and accessories that you might not have considered before.

You can bet your bottom dollar that you will run into hundreds of interns on the streets of New York City on any given day. With so many aspiring professionals you are bound to muster up some inspiration for your workplace attire, as I did when I found this Fashionista. She has faced the business casual struggles and come out on top. What I found most striking were her free flowing peach pants. The style is flattering and, by the looks of it, comfortable. It is important to keep in mind the activities that take place in your office. If you will be moving around a lot, make sure to dress accordingly. These pants are perfect for an intern on the go. She paired her pants with a checkered A-line tank top. I liked the contrast between the peach pants and the patterned top. The juxtaposition allows her to stand out.

Through experience, I have discovered that a great bag is everything. Interns carry around many items each day. Finding a bag large enough that’s still chic can be complicated. Opting for an oversized tote is a great solution. The choice is sophisticated and goes with everything. Her final touch was a pair of blue velvet sunglasses. They are quirky and showcase her personality.

One Simple Change: Your significant other has planned to scoop you up from the office for a romantic date night. Spice up your look by adding a pair of stand out earrings and trading in your large tote for a smart clutch. Voila!