How to dress like interns without trying

I recently got a summer internship at a company in Palm Beach, Fla.

After jumping for joy for about 20 minutes, the first research I did was, of course, what to wear.

As many of you are going off to internships and professional careers across the globe, I figured I would share my knowledge.

Even if you aren’t going off to work this summer, this is still good stuff to know for that time in your life when you need to look like a professional.

In most cases, you won’t be wearing a suit and tie to work every day, and no college student has the wallet to back up a suit for every day of the week. However looking professional is pretty important because as the intern, you’re at the bottom of the totem pole.

At the very least, if you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into – much like I am with this marketing internship – at least you’ll look the part.

Let’s start at the bottom. Sneakers will never work with dress pants. Don’t even try it.

Maybe you can sneak a pair of classic Chuck Taylor’s into your outfit every once in a while, but it’s not recommended.

Ladies should wear shoes that both look nice, but are most importantly comfortable.

Do not wear the pointy stiletto heels that you wore to homecoming. Those will not get you through a 9-to-5 work day.

Invest in a pair of Clarks or if you’re a ballerina flat enthusiast, stick a pair of Dr. Scholl’s in there. Wear nylons, unless you’re a guy. But seriously, no matter how hot it is wearing a pair of sheer nude nylons under your skirt is the way to go because it’s going to smooth out all of those unnecessary clothing lines.

Also my mom says it’s tacky if you don’t wear nylons.

Since it’s summer, it’s very appropriate to wear skirts, but they should reach the start of your knee if not longer. Those cotton stretchy skirts that girls wear to parties are not going to cut it.

You also have the option to wear slacks or Bermuda style slacks, but Bermuda shorts went out of style when cell phones stopped having antennas on them.

Options for on top are pretty much limitless. A few things to keep in mind are no plunging necklines.

You don’t want to distract your co-workers and you certainly don’t want to climb the company ladder that way.

Button down shirts give a nice masculine look. Silk and ruffles are a big trend right now.

Depending how lax your bosses are you may be able to wear sleeveless shirts, but I’m certain a halter top will never fly and don’t even try strapless.

For your jewelry you’ll want to stay away from things that are too sparkly; this isn’t prom after all.

Most internship jobs require a lot of work on the computer so bracelets that jingle get pretty annoying very quickly.

Look for costume jewelry that lies along the collar of your shirt. It’s the perfect accent for your work wardrobe.

 

BRIANNA WOODS

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