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How to Get the Internship of Your Dreams: Part 5

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This is the last installment of our series on getting the internship of your dreams! If you’ve missed out on the other steps, read up on how to clean up your internet identity, how to prepare an incredible resume and cover letter, where to find fashion-related internships, and our interview tips, then come back to this post.

In this installment, we’re going to give you fashionable options to wear on interviews and to the workplace. These tips will focus on jobs and internships in fashion. Although many internships and jobs have more strict dress codes that require more conservative outfits, working in the fashion world means expressing your style and reflecting trends each and every day. A simple pantsuit doesn’t always cut it!

If you are looking for more typical interview and job outfit choices, read How To Dress for a Job Interview, Must-Haves for Interviews and Work and Outfits for Under $100: Business Casual on a Budget. For fashion-related jobs, however, read on!

Working in fashion presents a tricky dressing situation – although there are many funky trends to wear, you must always keep in mind that you are still in a work environment, so it is important to keep everything appropriate and looking put-together. Need help? Check out these outfits for inspiration!

Outfit 1: Trendy in Trousers

What to wear to an interview

Trousers – Topshop, Tank Top – Old Navy, Necklace – Forever21, Blazer – Forever21, Shoes – Forever21

High-waisted trousers with a blazer are an instant way to be trendy yet still have a structured, put-together look. This outfit includes several trends, such as button detailing on the trousers, a tribal necklace, and a menswear-inspired blazer. The bright red shoes add a pop of color, which is perfect for spring. There is a lot of detail to this outfit, from the slitted shoes to the buttons on the trousers, which is important when dressing for a job or interview in fashion. Remember: your colleagues are fashionistas too! They’re going to be checking out your outfit!

Outfit 2: Neutral Tribes

Interview inspirational outfit

Tights – Modcloth, Dress – Net-a-Porter, Bag – Piperlime, Jacket – Maruione, Booties – Forever21, Earrings – Asos

This outfit is a great interview outfit for spring. It includes a few trends like neutral colors and tribal prints, which shows that you are up to date on the latest looks. However, it is not overly done since each piece, with the exception of the bag and shoes, is also a basic.

Although the dress may seem a little too revealing for work, with tights, booties and a leather jacket, it is instantly transformed into a stylish interview outfit. You can even throw a sweater on as well for extra layering. Since this outfit is extremely trend-oriented, it should be worn in a more casual work place. For example, I interned over the summer at a marketing firm in NYC and the dress code included jeans, leggings and sundresses. This would have been the perfect outfit to wear!

Outfit 3: Pretty in Tweed

What to wear to a fashion interview

Linen Blazer – Forever21, Body Suit – Forever21, Necklace – White House Black Market, Tweed Pants – Forever21, Shoes – Dorothy Perkins

Glamour.com called tweed one of Spring 2010′s most wearable trends, and this trend is the perfect one to bring into the office. Combined with a form fitting body suit and an oversized light pink blazer, you immediately look professional while incorporating trends from this season. The Mary Jane-style shoes add a girly effect to the outfit, while the statement necklace makes everything pop without being too daring or overwhelming.

Outfit 4: Chambray Prep

Another outfit to wear to an interview

Button-up – Evanity, Scarf – Topshop, Skirt – Alloy, Shoes – Kays

This outfit is also perfect for a less conservative, fashion-forward work place. It incorporates the nude and chambray trends seen on runways for spring 2010, as well as ever-popular leopard print, which always adds fierceness to an outfit. The button-up shirt keeps this outfit basic and conservative without looking matronly. I’d tuck in the shirt for a more polished look. This outfit could not be more perfect for working on a spring day in NYC or LA!

Tips For Dressing For an Interview (Not Just in Fashion)

- Dress for the job you want, not the job you’re interviewing for or already have. This is a life rule in my opinion. Dressing up makes you feel good, which therefore motivates you to be the best you can be. Plus, from the outside, it looks like you are taking control of your destiny and would be a fitting candidate for a higher position than you already have.

- Don’t go overboard with makeup, hair and perfume. Don’t use an interview to experiment with a new look, scent or ‘do. Stick to what works for you already.

- Keep your things wrinkle free! Ironing always works, but there are also great products out there right now (such as Downy’s wrinkle release spray, which my friends and I swear by) that only require a quick spraying, smoothing and a few minutes to dry.

- Make sure your shoes aren’t scuffed and your clothes are stain free. These are basic things to remember, but sometimes, in the anxiety before an interview, you can be a little frazzled! Try on and lay out your outfit the night before, and make sure to inspect yourself from all angles to make sure you look the best you can!

- Take out any piercings that may be a little too much. If you are interviewing somewhere where piercings are acceptable, then keep them in and show your true style! However, many work places may be turned off by piercings and tattoos, so use your judgment and go more conservative when in doubt.

What do you think?

Would you wear any of these outfits to an interview for a fashion-related job? If you don’t want to work in fashion, can you find inspiration in these outfits to help spice up your more conservative work-wardrobe? Do you have any more interview attire tips? Let us know in a comment!

Thank you all for reading this series! I’ve gotten such fabulous feedback from you guys and I know that it is internship application season, so I hope these tips have helped you all out! Good luck on finding and landing the internship of your dreams!

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11 Responses to “How to Get the Internship of Your Dreams: Part 5”

  1. 1
    March 10th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    great post on how to dress for a fashion internship… i could really see myself wearing the pretty in tweed look to an interview.

  2. 2
    March 10th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Are you for hire? I’d love you to choose outfits for me daily!!

    Great post! Thanks!

  3. 3
    March 10th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Although these outfits are really cute, I think they may only be acceptable in the fashion industry. I am responsible for hiring students workers in my department and I don’t think I could take a student serious if they wore outfit 1 or 2.

  4. 4
    March 10th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    AMAZING POST- your such a fashionista!

    All of the outfits are so cute, GREAT POST!!!!

  5. 5
    March 10th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Honestly I don’t think outfit 2 would be acceptable for any interview, fashion or not, but the other outfits are adorable.

  6. 6
    March 10th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    love love love outfit 2

  7. 7
    March 10th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    love them all! 3′s my favorite :) Thanks for including the tips on how to dress for any interview whether or not it’s in fashion!

  8. 8
    March 10th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    My cousin literally sent me a pair of trousers last night and I stared at them thinking “what do i wear these with?” Now I know!!

  9. 9
    March 11th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I love these.. and really love the shoes in No. 1 and 2! I agree with Diana, though, I’d be scared to wear No. 2 to an interview.. it looks a little short, especially with the heels.. but I like it for other occasions.

  10. 10
    March 11th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I agree with what some others have said before- the looks are cute, but definitely not what your average girl could wear for her interview.

    I realize your internship series has slightly been targeted to *fashion* internships specifically, but I think the majority of girls on here don’t necessarily want to work in that field, but just adore fashion!

    So please keep us in mind as well- like I said, I like the outfits, but I would not wear them to my upcoming interview at Royal Dutch Shell!

  11. 11
    January 30th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Could you post an update on new things that would be appropriate now that trends have changed? I just applied for a summer internship with Kate Spade New York. I think I have great style, but I don’t want to wear the wrong thing to this type of an interview (assuming I get an interview). Is it bad to wear something made by the company to the interview? Does it show interest or is it too much? Any tips you have would be greatly appreciated!

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