So You’re Starting a Non-Fashion Internship, What Do You Wear?
That white space is neither your computer’s glitch nor is it mine. It is deliberately there and do you know what it signifies?
Do you know why I’m confused?
Because, frankly, where in the good name of all that is christened-by-the-wand-of-Vogue do I, of all people, get off thinking I might be able to help you dress for a non-fashion internship?
I’ve told and retold you at least ten times that a company-wide memorandum went out when I was a fashion intern and that it was directed directly (hehe) at me. It said in huge bold letters, TELL THE INTERN NO MORE SHORTS. And if I can’t even get it right at a fashion house, where do I fall?
I’m doing this new thing right now, though, where I forcibly remove myself from my comfort zone and subsequently force fluency-as-self-taught in the foreign territory. So, here’s a crack at helping you dress for a non-fashion internship because maybe that’s what you’re doing this summer, even in spite of a profound fondness for fashion, so you’d like to good without looking like you tried to look good and you need help figuring that out.
Say you’re working a non-fashion editorial internship, right? Why don’t you try a pair of streamlined white trousers with a very reliable white shirt (I really, really like the loot by Everlane but there’s nothing wrong with Uniqlo’s offerings either). You’ll likely need heels under the trousers, which gets annoying, so I’d also suggest short-ish skirts to pair with brogues and comfortable mid-heels, but I won’t suggest dresses. Dresses are hard. They make one point and that point is over after the first few wears.
Recycle old t-shirts and wear them under blazers with said skirts, or white trousers. If you’re working a finance job, I have almost no advice to give other than that Rebecca Taylor has totally cornered the market on lovely, work-appropriate dresses that are functional at Goldman Sachs and easy on the eye at Happy Hour.
Outside of that arena, I’m pretty sure denim is fair game at most places (is it not, after all, the fabric upon which writing was founded) so don’t you go underestimating the power of your chambray.
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— Leandra Medine