Summers are filled with sun, vacations, and for a lot of us... internships. Once you've landed the internship of your dreams, it's time to open the closet doors and pick out outfits that say "I represent this company well." Obviously, different companies have different dress code standards, but most internships require their interns to dress business casual.
The perfect business casual internship outfit is one that projects a professional, polished image without sacrificing comfort. The right outfit will make a good impression, without being too intimidating or over-the-top. With those traits in mind, here are three affordable business casual outfits perfect for your summer internship!
Outfit 1: Classic Cool
This outfit is classic business casual: a white blouse with grey slacks and closed toe pumps. I added in a cute, inexpensive necklace to give the outfit a little bit of color, and chose pumps with interesting detailing for extra interest. This look is an example of how to spice up business casual outfits with small details so they are still appropriate, but not cookie-cutter. Add in a structured tote to hold your laptop and writing tools, and you are set!
Outfit 2: Working Girl
This outfit has a fairly neutral color palette, but, again, I've added a pop of color: this time with red flats. The overall look is still very conservative and classic, but also more youthful and girly than the previous outfit. To make this outfit more conservative, I recommend adding a different belt to this outfit or going without. (The rope belt that comes with the dress doesn't scream "work appropriate," although it also doesn't violate any work dress code rules, as far as I know.)
Outfit 3: Foolproof Office Wear
This outfit is the epitome of professional clothing! It is more formal than Outfit #2, and is perfect if you're not sure what to wear to work. (Like they always say: when in doubt, it's always better to overdress than underdress!) The color palette is tame and the pieces can be mixed-and-matched with other business casual items to create a diverse work wardrobe without spending lots of money. The thick heeled pumps are perfect for you 9-5 types because (as we all know), walking around the office in unstable shoes is a nightmare!
Even More Internship Fashion
Still need more ideas for what to wear to your internship? For even more business casual fashion inspiration, check out the following CF posts:
- Outfits Under $100 - Business Casual on a Budget
- What Do I Wear There? All-Day Attire for Your Classes, Work, and Night Out
- Fashion Essentials: Must-Haves for Interviews and Work
- What to Wear to Work (or an Internship)
Time to Clock Out!
Are you interning this summer? What is your dress code like? Do you have experience with business casual? Any tips? Leave a comment!