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Fashionable, professional and comfortable at the same time

April 19, 2011

Work It! is a series focusing on workplace wardrobe and fashion. You’ve already met Ellie Krupnick when she shared her stories of interning with NYC’s hottest fashion publications – now she’s back to share some wardrobe advice for you fashion interns.

Outfit for Week 1

People dress comfortably at Ellie's showroom internship, so she chose this casual-but-sharp denim/army jacket pairing.

Getting dressed for an internship is tough: Although some internships require super formal attire (i.e. black suits in finance) or allow super casual clothes (i.e. jeans and a T-shirt as a P.A. on a TV set), most internships fall somewhere in between. For me, interning in fashion, getting dressed for work requires balancing the formal/casual question with an additional variable: style. How do you dress fashionably, professionally and comfortably all at the same time?

This past Monday, as always, I was heading to my showroom internship: I needed an outfit that was trendy (the women I work with posses an enviable combo of high-fashion sophistication and hipster cool) but also functional for my day full of errands. Here’s what I wore and what I did:

My army jacket

I had to bring packages of clothing samples destined for bloggers to UPS a couple of blocks away, and it was a breezy 55 degrees. For these kinds of errands I need a light jacket that will match everything, and this green one from Gap Kids (yup— one of my fashion secrets) is the perfect piece.

My flared jeans

Seventies-era bell bottoms are super “in” this season, meaning I displayed my fashion cred by donning these Old Navy flared pants to work. Plus, the basement showroom where we all work on our own laptops (with Pandora blasting) is a fairly casual place…

My button-down shirt

… But not too casual. We had a buyer come into the showroom to see one of our lines, deciding if she wanted to buy it for her store. I was glad I was wearing my traditional Ralph Lauren button-down, which always makes me feel polished and professional.

My platform heels

These shoes are the perfect fashion internship shoe: they are comfortable (so much so I could walk ten blocks to the bank to deposit a check for my boss), they are trendy enough to get positive approvals from my fashionable co-workers, and they work with shorts, skirts, skinny pants … and bell-bottom jeans.

Check back next week for internship outfit ideas! Until then, browse around on Stuff We Love for more on fashion, beauty, and other stuff I’m loving…

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