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  • Your internship wardrobe essentials

    If you’re reading this, you’ve landed an internship – congrats!

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    You no longer have to worry about scouring the internet for openings, filling out application after application, or leaving a lasting impression at your interview. You've nailed down the job, so now your only task is internship domination. One part of dominating an internship is having an office-appropriate wardrobe that exudes professionalism. Whether you're a man or a woman, we've got you covered.

    Women

    1. Blazer
      A blazer is an absolute necessity. It ties everything together and has the power to dress up any blouse or dress.
    2. Pencil skirt
      For the days that you want to wear a full suit but feel a little more feminine, a pencil skirt is a good choice. It is the perfect alternative to dress pants.
    3. Trousers
      Some instances just don't call for a skirt or a dress, whether it be a personal choice or due to the weather. Trousers are always a classic and comfortable choice.
    4. Shift dress
      It's important to have an item in your closet to go to when all of your tops and bottoms are dirty. Dresses are an instant outfit and a super easy choice when you have no idea what to wear.
    5. Blouse
      Blouses are the ultimate piece to mix and match. They can be worn with pencil skirts, trousers, blazers, and even under some dresses.
    6. Cardigan
      For chillier days that don't require a blazer, a cardigan can be a great substitute. Plus, they can be a lot softer and less restrictive than other jackets.
    7. Flats/heels
      Shoes are an important part of any wardrobe. Close-toed shoes are a necessity in a professional work environment. For comfort purposes, flats and block heels will be your best friend.
    8. Tote
      Now that you're in the real world, it's important to have a large tote bag that can carry almost anything - whether it be work related, hygiene related, or an emergency medical kit.

    Men

    1. Suit jacket
      A suit jacket is essential for the more formal work days - such as presentation days or special events.
    2. Tie
      Ties are important almost every day. It can truly take a basic outfit and turn it into something fit for an internship.
    3. Button-up shirt
      Button-up shirts are the foundation for an internship outfit. No matter what style dress pant or suit jacket you are deciding between, a button-up shirt is a no-brainer.
    4. Khakis
      For the more relaxed days, you will want to opt for a pair of khakis. They're less structured and more comfortable than suit pants.
    5. Leather dress shoes
      Most dress shoe styles will work, but leather dress shoes look that much sleeker and professional. Don't be afraid to invest in these since you will be wearing them every day.
    6. Belt
      Pulling your pants up every time you walk around doesn't look very professional, so belts are important. They can be important for more than just practical reasons too. Belts are a nice accessory to add to any look.
    7. Briefcase
      Briefcases are another staple item. They're helpful in staying organized and looking polished while doing so.

    You've already conquered the hardest part of any internship opportunity - landing the position. Having the appropriate wardrobe shouldn't be another headache. Now that we've equipped you with the appropriate wardrobe essentials the rest is up to you. Get out there and dress to impress.



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