How to Dress for Your Summer Internship

waterfall blazer

How to Dress for Your Summer Internship

Whether it is your first time working in a professional setting or another summer back in the office, the first day as a summer intern can seem intimidating. When trying to make a good first impression, the last thing you need to stress about is what to wear. That is why we have compiled this list of items so that you can show up to your internship dressed to impress.

Keep It Simple

Neon colors and bold prints can be fun to play around with, but when it comes to an office setting. Avoid standing out too much and make an effort to represent the company’s desired image. A neutral blazer paired with slacks is professional, on trend, and will not look like you are trying too hard. If you want to be simple, but trendy, a pair of paper bag waist trousers can be chic while still looking polished and professional.


paperbag pant

Find Some Go-To Dresses

Looking professional is important but everyone knows the agony of getting ready on a hot day in July when a blazer and pants just do not seem doable. In the summer heat, it is obvious adding some work appropriate dresses to your wardrobe is a must. Keep in mind the length and sleeves of the dress. It is best to avoid anything above the knee and be careful not to show too much skin. Try pairing it with a light jacket to make it less revealing while keeping you from freezing at your desk when the office AC is on full blast.

ribbed maxi dress

belted trench coat

Use Your Choice of Shoes to Your Advantage

The right pair of shoes can make or break any outfit. Purchase a neutral pair that will go well with any ensemble to save you a whole lot of time and stress every morning. Heels are always a good option. They can dress up any outfit and add a confidence boost that will make you feel that much better starting out in your new position. Keep in mind comfort as well and consider opting for a low heel or even swap them out entirely for a pair of pointed loafers.

block heel


Accessories Can Go A Long Way

It may seem as though dressing for an internship means playing it safe with boring outfits but even a classic pantsuit can be transformed into a trendy look with the right accessories. From stylish handbags to statement jewelry pieces, you can add a personal touch to your standard office look. Consider investing in a bag large enough to carry your laptop and other items, as it will be a part of your outfit on a daily basis. Don’t be afraid to show off your personality with jewelry, by adding a fun pair of earrings or a funky necklace.

handle shoulder bag

Whether you’re dressing up or dressing down, you should always feel comfortable in your outfit. Going into your summer internship you should feel professional and ready to succeed, but don’t be afraid of being yourself. It is all about finding a balance between being both professional and fashionable and you’ll be ready to take on your internship.