In the third week of the second year of my first internship on a Monday morning, a company wide memorandum went out to both staff and interns at the high fashion label for which I was working. In capital bold letters it read, “no shorts.” This memorandum was very clearly directed at me and no one other than me. People knew better than denim cut-offs at this particular place but hello people, it was a fashion internship, it was July and denim is the fabric of our generation. For that reason, high waist vintage cut offs seemed appropriate no matter the occasion. Most notably paired with fancy shoes I might add. Executives didn’t see it my way though and that was the day my summer internship fashion woes started. It was too hot for pants and I had only so many dresses to conjure up into cool outfits. So while I wasn’t one to indulge too deeply in skirts–blame it on the sartorial boundaries of my yeshiva education or the notion that every skirt in some way reminded me of those of the Abercrombie cut-off variety–I went with it.
The idea of wears for a summer internship rose again a few weeks ago when humble herds of emails started to come in summoning outfit tips for internship dressing and now we’re here, where you’ll find what I consider the quintessential internship outfit. It includes the proper dose of formal married to a splash of cool. It’s like a cocktail with out the tail, hehe. But not actually at all.
And certainly features the back-end charactertistics of the ubiquitous mullet if we equate the work day with business in the front because when that shit is over, the party will start. And your wears will not act as the Macdougal Party cock block.
Margheritas on ‘da house: cha-ching! There it is again. 3.1. Phillip Lim blouse, Wink skirt, Altuzarra shoes, Z Spoke purse, Warby Parker eyeglasses, MR. Dannijo bracelet, necklace. Photos by Naomi Shon.