If you have a summer internship that pays money, you are very lucky. If you have one with airconditioning, you’re fortunate. If you have one you can wear pajamas to, I envy you enormously. I would never wear pajamas outside of the house but I’d still like some comfort. My summertime uniform emphasizes cotton, shorts, light oxfords, and flip flops. Blouses and flats can be a rude awakening.
In the months leading up to my internship (well actually before I had one, but hey gotta be optimistic), I had my eye out for pieces that could work for. Luckily I was returning to a place I’d worked before so I had a general idea of what goes down in the water cooler fashion scene. I still managed to outfit creep on my first day to explore the realm of acceptable (one person wore jeans but the wide legged trouser kind that I absolutely don’t own. Otherwise, we’re mainly dealing with skirts, dresses, and pants). Also airconditioning is a major factor. On my first day two years ago I was shaking by five pm. This time, I arrived with a trusty red cardigan I bought on the one day I skipped eighth grade. God bless that little garment. Anyway, I’m still convinced work clothes exist to set the mood for the office (and make you heave a sigh of relief when you slip them off at home) but hey we all have to live in this world.
Without further ado, some reasonably cute pieces for an internship near you.
Item 1. The Minnie Pant from J. Crew
Yes I’m the first person to blog about these pants (false) but they’re really nice. They’re slightly cropped on me (I’m 5 foot 5) and come in a bunch of colors. I have the black ones and they’re tight enough that I don’t get a pantsuit vibe and you can wear them with flats. They also zip on the side so the front looks very smooth. If you’re like me and break out into goosebumps at the slightest hum of an airconditioner, these are good for preventing all of your leg hairs from sticking up.
Item 2. The Oxford from Madewell
Oxfords go with a lot of stuff and make it look like you put actual effort into your stylings. In reality of course, you were hitting snooze on your alarm clock, figuring out how to work your parents’ coffeemaker, trying not to miss the train, charging your phone, powdering your face to look professional and more. But whatever, oxfords = class and having your shit together. We like this. Madewell’s not the only place to get oxfords (and they have lots of colors). I just like this one because a) I own it. b) It’s on sale. c) The tiny accents of color are a little something extra.
Item 3. Shoes that will elicit professionalism, not blisters. (A personal choice)
Shoes are one of the most personal items of clothing. My sister and I have very narrow feet and have found success with flats (I don’t own any of the linked ones, they’re ideas) from Tory Burch (yes I am the girl with reva flats, they fit me well), Steve Madden (I have a red pair from 9th grade), Kate Spade (from 10th grade) and that’s pretty much it. Off the job, I live in Sperry Topsiders, which are so not okay for the office. If you have a pair of cool oxfords (I got some cheap ones on a nordstrom sale once), try those out, especially with a dress or a skirt to keep it from being too girly. I commute on a subway with stairs and lots of people and walk through a construction site before arriving at my cubicle, so heels are a no-no. If I’m feeling super bold, I may wear my favorite J. Crew desert shoes to be extra stylish (and yes, I can walk in them).
That’s all I’ve got for now (if any human is reading this far, I sincerely thank you). I’ll be back as we go on with bag suggestions, cardigans, and much more. Let me know what you wear to not get paid all summer long.