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Looking sharp for a fashion industry interview

May 17, 2011

workit header Dressing light and trendy for a summer internship

Work It! is a series focusing on workplace wardrobe and fashion.  Each week, we will feature a blogger offering their advice and answering your questions. Ellie Krupnick is a New York City fashion intern and writes for Stuff We Love Blog (which you will love!). She’s also one of our Work It! fashion bloggers.

By Ellie Krupnick
Ellie's interview outfit

Ellie's interview outfit

Hello, fellow interns! Sad as it is so say aloud, this is my last post— because if all goes well, very soon I will be an intern no longer. The end goal of any interning experience is to bring you one step closer to a job (and if you’re a senior, hopefully that very last step). I am graduating next week and heading out on job interviews, which my years of internship interviews have prepared me for. But the fashion is different, so today I’ll give a rundown of my ideal interview outfit!

My structured black blazer

From finance to fashion, you can never go wrong with a black blazer. This one, by Barney’s CO-OP, has subtle shoulder pads that give it a more formal, structured look. But the longer length and rolled up sleeves keep it stylish.

My black tank

Inconspicuous and non-distracting under the blazer, this tank top is from H&M.

My linen high-waist, drop crotch pants

You might have seen these pants before. Because they’re a nice fabric and a subtle color, you can dress ‘em up and down— here, I used sky-high leather sandals by Steve Madden to dress them up.

My headband

This headband with its Burberry plaid print gives a preppy touch to the outfit and adds a hint of color to the outfit without overwhelming.

My big black leather bag

This bag by Tory Burch is subtle, with simple zippers and no excess hardware, and huge— I can fit a water bottle, a folder, a notebook, and an extra pair of shoes in here… and for my interview, I brought all that along. Just make sure to stow such a big bag during the actual meeting, so it’s not in the way.

That’s all, interns— hopefully with a good outfit and an even better resume, we’ll all make the best of our job hunts! Until then, good luck with the internships… and you know where to find me.

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