“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it” – Edith Head
As my internship comes to a close, and I’m reflecting on the millions of things I learned, I can’t help but think how to dress in a workplace is one of them.
Fortunately enough for me, the company I work for allows casual attire. Still, “casual” in a work place doesn’t equal ripped jeans and crop tops (which is basically all my wardrobe consists of). Upon a few trips to the mall and maybe too many swipes on the good ol’ CC, I was working with new pieces. After the initial adjustment to 9-5 corporate intern life, I found myself waking up excited to throw on a cute outfit and seize the day. “Look good, feel good” became my new motto. I documented a week of my intern-style, and wanted to share a few tips!
- If you’re on a budget (and don’t want to spend all the hard earned $$$ you’re making) I suggest looking first at places like H&M, Old Navy, and even Forever 21 for basics. They’re versatile, can mix and match easily, and most importantly wont break the bank.
- Don’t be afraid of patterns or unique accessories every now and then! On Wednesday I wore patterned pants, on mon. and thurs. I wore statement necklaces, and on Friyay I threw on a patterned silk neck tie. It can be hard to remember accessories when you’re flying out the door in the morning, so I lay out mine in a visible spot as a reminder.
- Denim can be business-casual friendly! As long as you pair it with something more formal like the pencil skirt on Monday, or the snakeskin heels on Thursday.
- This might just be me, but I love walking in heels around the office (clearly; I wore them every day this week). I’m sitting 90% of the time and don’t have to worry about the pain aspect, so heels are just an added style element to the outfit 🙂
- The more your outfit looks “put together”, the less you have to be. For some reason I feel like when I have on a cute outfit, I don’t need to try as much on hair or makeup. I left my hair au naturel for the whole week, and kept the makeup minimal.
- Lastly, don’t put yourself in a box! Business casual is still pretty new to me, so I’m trying out different looks and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. I think everyone should explore new things, because we never grow from our comfort zone unless we step outside of it!