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WHAT TO WEAR: Internship

After hours of long phone calls, applications and interviews, you finally landed the internship that you have always wanted. Yay! You are hopefully getting to do things that interest you and put you a step closer to your dream job. Now that you’ve proudly told all of your family and Facebook friends about your cool, new gig, the next step is figuring out how you, the newbie, are going to get others in the workplace to take you seriously.

Your wardrobe choice can have a major impact on how professionals view you. If you are an intern who is striving to do your best, you should try to look your best. To determine what to wear to your internship, you should look at the brand and company to understand what the company is all about. By dressing professionally, you show the employer that you are genuinely interested in their company and can be taken seriously.

It can often be hard for students who are headed out into the professional world for the first time to transition from going-out-with-friends attire to business attire. They can be unsure of what is appropriate and what is not. Figuring it out doesn’t have to be hard! Even though dress codes differ depending on the internship, always choose more professional and conservative clothing. But, that doesn’t mean business attire has to be boring. I caught this Fashionista on her way to her summer internship at an accounting firm. This firm requires their interns to wear business professional clothing every day, but that doesn’t let this Fashionista stop her from rockin’ a chic ensemble.

Everyone should own a pair of black, slim-fitting pants. They pair well with almost anything. This Fashionista paired hers’ with a bright, ruffle tank, which gave this outfit the color pop that it needed to stand out. Since she was supposed to be dressed in business attire, she knew covered shoulders would be absolutely necessary. She threw on a striped cardigan over top of her tank to add more eye-catching elements to her look. This Fashionista tied her outfit together with a cute pair of ballerina flats and some simple jewelry. This new intern is definitely going to fit in with the professionals and look stylish doing so, no questions asked.

One Simple Change: It’s 5:00 p.m. and you have dinner reservations at 5:30 p.m. downtown. Don’t have time to change? No worries. Slide off the cardigan and trade the ballerina flats for some nude heels. Your date will not be disappointed.