Picking out an internship-appropriate outfit can be one of the biggest struggles in a Fashoinista or Fashionisto’s world. How do you say, “I’m professional and have a stellar personality that is fun to be around, but I also know when to stop talking” in one outfit? You never know if you’ll meet the CEO or run into an old friend, so you should always look put together but not like you’re trying too hard. Personally, internship outfits are significantly more stressful to pick out than first date outfits (mostly because internships actually happen).
This Fashionisto nailed the professional intern but not-totally-boring vibe that is fitting for a summer gig in New York City. He stuck with a no-fail combo — chinos and a button-down—but in a refreshed color palette. The light blue shirt is a happy summer color, while the gray chinos are a good neutral to add to your go-to pants. If you’re feeling outrageously adventerous, add a bold pair of red bottoms to your collection.
This Fashionisto gave this outfit personality by adding a few key accessories: a tie, a watch and a fun pair of socks. To spice up your tie collection, grab a few from The Tie Bar, which sells trendy ties at a low price point. A solid watch is always a good investment, so always be on the lookout for shapes and colors that match your taste. On his feet, he wore a pair of striped socks, which is the perfect way to add fun without going over the top. Lastly, and most importantly, he wore a cool pair of black wingtip oxfords. Black is always a solid choice for wingtip newbies, but if you’re a shoe vet, grab a standout pair in a suede dual-tone.
One Simple Change: This simple, clean outfit is a good fit for a day at the office, but it can also be transitioned to fit a casual date night scene. Ditch the tie and swap out the black shoes for a clean white sneaker to seamlessly change to a date-worthy outfit.