Tips for nailing the perfect internship outfit

Summer internships are just around the corner, so it’s time to dig out your most professional-looking outfit and hit the ground running. But the hardest thing for some people is what exactly to wear to their job or internship. For starters, there is no exact answer to this question. But, there are guidelines to follow that will make picking the perfect interview outfit simple and stress free.

1. Know the company you are applying for. If it’s an office job, stick to basics: black pants, button downs and plain flats. If the company has a little more flare, you can have a little more fun, but still stick with classic shapes and simple prints.

2. Remember that you would rather be overdressed than under. It doesn’t matter if you’re applying for McDonald’s or your dream job, you always want to come off as professional as possible.

3. Your heels should be no higher than three inches. Five inch platforms are fabulous for the right occasion, but the work place is not the place to show off your new Steve Maddens.

4. Skirts should come an inch or two above the knees, no shorter. Make sure to always wear tights; an interview is not the place to show off your fab tan legs. Keep it modest and appropriate.

5. You can never go wrong with a blazer. They instantly class up an outfit and pull it all together. Black, grey and navy are always good to have on hand to go with everything.

6. Speaking of colors, you can never go wrong with black. It’s slimming, professional and chic.

If you want to add some personalty to an outfit, try a statement necklace, some bangles or a fun purse. If you’re thinking of adding a pop of color, do so in a blouse underneath a neutral color blazer or in some cute flats.

Remember different jobs have different guidelines. Places like clothing stores prefer you to wear their brands to the interview to see how you’d style their clothing. Places like magazines want to see your personal style so accessorizes and funky pieces are allowed.