5 Quick Tips to Help You Decide What to Wear to Your Summer Internship
An internship is the time to perfect your style in the professional workplace.
After spending all year on campus simply dressing for classes, it is way too easy to become accustomed to the laid-back styles of campus fashion. Who doesn’t love the easiness of throwing on simple leggings and a pullover? However, I quickly learned this summer at my first magazine internship that “campus casual” is not going to cut it in the workplace.
Dressing well is a form of good manners. -Tom Ford
Even in a laid-back environment, your style needs to be altered once you land a summer internship. While professional attire requires some extra thought, do not fret– it’s fairly simple to look chic as an intern. The following five tips will help you get a look that will be boss-approved.
1. Pick a Color Scheme
Color coordination is important when dressing for the office. I am not talking about wearing every color of the rainbow here…Think of colors you already know pair well together. For example classic colors such as red with black, pink with grey, and maybe lavender with mint green. (Here’s a guide mixing colors in your outfits.)
If you’re not sure if a color is too bold for the workplace, keep your business dress code in mind and stick with neutrals plus a pop of one color that’s brighter and more interesting.
2. Add Polished Pieces
Adding some polished fashion pieces to your outfit can completely change your look. A good blazer, for instance, is a true style staple. Make sure to find one because it will create a look that is as put together as it is classy. Pair it with some heels and a well-fitted skirt.
Another polished fashion item you should have in your arsenal is a good pair of trousers. Today’s trousers include a wide selection that ranges from solid colors to fun patterns such as stripes.
Bold accessories can easily turn an entire outfit around. For an internship that means going for more sophisticated pieces that still make a statement. Earrings, necklaces, and bracelets should add just a touch of allure to your overall look. For example, pearls will add a vintage kind of classiness that should be appropriate in most workplaces.
4. Pack Fashionably
Leave the backpack at home and show up to your internship with a tasteful bag. I suggest a bag that offers better utility components. You will need something that’s cute with good storage. Make sure you can carry all the essentials, such as pens, your MacBook, a charger, and of course your savvy smartphone. I suggest going for a leather one that will last a while. The most important quality to look for is a bag that will be office appropriate.
5. Pick the Right Shoes
Internships are often filled with random tasks that may keep you on your feet for numerous hours at a time. Finding the right comfortable shoes is a necessity to keep your sanity through long hours. Flats are a perfect idea to keep comfortable. If you’re not a fan of flats or you are required to wear something higher for work, go for the heels. Just make sure to stock up on heel inserts and padding and maybe keep some flats in your bag for once you clock out.
What are your best internship style tips?
Now that you know how to look trendy for your internship, go work hard and aim for your dream job! And tell us what you wear to your internship in the comments.
Sneak Peak: Top 24 Items at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
I’ve been working long hours with clients preselecting items for this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It has been brilliant. Nordstrom has offered extended sizes across both sides of the spectrum, which I applaud. You’ll find that many more items in larger sizes, as well size US0, petite and XXS.
The strength of this year’s sale was in footwear, and that’s where I personally put the lion’s share of my NAS budget. The coat and knitwear assortment was disappointing, but the jacket selection was fabulous. Here’s a sneak peak of my top ten items of this years sale:
Maggy London Ruched Waist Midi Dress: BEST DRESS AT THE SALE if you like florals, enjoy sleeves, wear black patterns, adore midis, and like to define your waist. Extremely elegant, pretty, streamlining and flattering. Brilliant swoosh-factor. Comes in many sizes and goes up to plus. TTS. Length is slightly longer on me, but not much. It followed me home.
Dolce Vita Dolce Vita Tommi Perforated Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: BEST bootie at the NAS. EXTREMELY comfy, works on low and high volume feet, softer than butter, and visually interesting. Works on narrower and wider ankles. Can we worn with fun socks, hose, footies or bare foot. Well made. Comes in grey and black, and the cognac followed me home.
AVEC LES FILLES Avec Les Filles Faux Shearling Biker Jacket | Nordstrom: Amelia Earhart Chic. BEST fashion forward jacket at the NAS. Extremely trendy, and comes in black AND plus sizes. Oversized and very fun. Suits most body types if you’re prepared to wear an oversized look. Belt can be removed. I LOVED the brown and cream, but the black is fably hard-edged.
Halogen Halogen Cashmere Wrap | Nordstrom: BEST cashmere scarf at the sale. It functions as a wrap, but I think it looks better as a gigantic scarf on a long neck. Comes in toffee and grey. The toffee followed me home. Gorgeous quality.
PIKOLINOS PIKOLINOS Pyrgos Oxford (Women) | Nordstrom: BEST oxford at the sale. Extremely comfortable, and works on a variety of foot shapes. The white sole prevents the shoe from looking too masculine. Comes in four colours. Impeccable quality. The cognac followed me home.
Børn Børn Cardi Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: BEST buckled bootie at the sale. VERY comfortable. A rare boot that works on lower AND higher volume feet. Stable and streamlined despite the buckles. Hardware is quite subtle. Comes in black and brown. The brown is on its way to me.
AGL AGL Smoking Slipper (Women) | Nordstrom: BEST dressy flat at the sale. Almost every client came home with these, and some in a few colours. The suede can be treated, and the navy is the yummiest. Works on gentle bunions, and looks chic and trendy. Comfy and flattering. Works well on larger feet.
SOSKEN Sosken Quilted A-Line Jacket | Nordstrom: BEST architectural puffer at the sale. The photo does not do the coat justice. It’s a Scandinavian design with side zippers that drape in the very best way. It WOWED me. For those with a long neck and long arms only. A trapeze cut that is genially streamlined. Works on a larger bust. Impeccable quality.
Cole Haan GrandPro Tennis Shoe: Super cute camouflage sneakers that are as light as a feather. Extremely comfortable and comes in two shades of metallic camouflage. For the Magpies.
AGL AGL Pointy Toe Mule (Women) | Nordstrom: BEST dressy mule at the sale. Works best on higher volume feet. Comes in a pretty white, and is as soft as our silky Sam. Looks elegant on the foot, extremely comfortable. Impeccable quality.
Here’s the collection page if you would like to see the items alongside my descriptions.
The sale officially opens to the public on July 20 and prices go back up on August 5. My detailed lists of many, many more top picks goes out on midnight on Friday morning as usual. Don’t worry if your size is out of stock because sizes frequently come back into stock with customer returns and the restocking of items. Good hunting.
My Exact Process for Finding & Landing a Summer Editorial Internship (Plus: How I Overcame Failure)
Your first one isn’t always a perfect match, all relationships require work and a willingness to learn!
Let me get this straight: you want me to know, to understand, to be all that you need, with “only” 3-5 years’ experience?!
Getting an internship while in college is rarely an easy process, in fact it’s usually demanding, disappointing, and downright depressing. Getting an editorial internship feels even harder.
My university, like many others, requires internship credits in order for you to fulfill your degree so from August to May I stressfully sent out countless applications, created article reels, and reached out to every possible contact I could find.
As time progressed I continued to feel the pressure, convincing myself that I was not good enough and that I never would be. I even considered changing my journalism major to an english one because that didn’t require the credit.
Overall, I am proud of myself for how hard I worked to get where I am today. I researched, found opportunities, and interviewed all on my own. I finally have the internship I needed. I owe this achievement to my continued persistence.
For any student, finding and landing an internship can be a struggle and it can feel like no one will ever take a chance on you. However, it is important to remember to never doubt yourself, never doubt what you have to offer, and to never give up!
Here is the process I went through in getting my editorial internship and some things I learned along the way:
My Process and What I Have Learned:
Step One: The Tools
An important part of getting to the application process is to knowing the tools needed to get you there. This includes contacting the proper resources and getting on the right sites.
Here are the resources that helped me get my internship:
Get in touch with the people hired from your university to help you. This includes guidance counselors, professors, and the career center. My career center helped me the most by helping to perfect my resume, I was even complimented on it during an interview!
There are many sites where jobs are listed. My advice: get on all of them! Though you may not find success with all of them you are bound to find some successes, exposure is everything! Here is the internship/job listing site where I found some of my best editorial internship prospects.
Step Two: Applying
It is important to remember that for every 20 applications you send out, you will mostly likely only hear back from two. However, it is even more important to push on: never stop applying and don’t be afraid to be a squeaky wheel!
Things to remember when applying to editorial internships:
Apply to anything and everything you can find — it may not be your favorite position or company but you never know where an opportunity will lead!
Make sure to always use formal language in every email, application, and cover letter you send out. No matter how laid back the company is, professionalism is key in showing your seriousness and interest in the position.
Always follow up on the status of your application, a simple message showing your interest keeps you in employers’ minds.
Step Three: The Interview
Showing your best self is so important in an interview; this is your one chance to showcase your personality and what you can bring to the table.
Things to remember when interviewing:
Even if you think it’s not worth it or it will lead nowhere, GO! This is the exact way I felt about the interview with my current NYC internship, but after walking out of my interview I was sparkling! I felt confident in myself and my abilities, and was excited about the company.
Dress to impress!
Handshakes and eye contact are everything.
Be confident in who you are and what you offer. They would not have invited you in if you didn’t have some of what they were looking for.
Sending a ‘thank you’ goes a long way!!!
Step Four: Getting (or Not Getting) the Internship
Let me just say this first: You will be denied more times than you will be accepted, and though the denials are tough it only makes the successes that much more rewarding.
Remember to graciously accept all opportunities as well as graciously accept defeat. It is all a learning experience!
Over the course of the school year I completed an edit test, went through with 3 official interviews and was put through to write for 2 different publications. I was so lucky to have been invited to come on as a writer with College Fashion and Fashion 360 Magazine. But, I was still looking for that big ticket internship that would fulfill my college hours and requirements.
It was now down to the end of May and had no offers, within one week I had 3 offers and the power was in my hands! It really is crazy how quickly things can change.
Go with what feels right and who makes you feel wanted and important.
Where I Am Now:
In the end I went with the company whose interview left a lasting impression for me. 20/20 Magazine gave me an interview that had me feeling dazzled. I was offered an opportunity to try new things that have already opened so many doors. I am thrilled with my choice and have had an unforgettable experience so far!
I am so grateful they have taken a chance on me and I only hope that I live up to their expectations! I’ll keep you guys posted on how it goes.
I want to hear from you in the comments below!
Where have you had success with internships? What has your process been like? Are you happy with where you are now?
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