Written by Leigh Ware
Each summer, without fail, thousands of interns flock to New York City with lofty ambitions—dreams of conquering the office, impressing their bosses, and maybe even making it to Turtle Bay for a few Wednesday night $1 beers. Life as an intern, which usually involves moving into a cramped apartment with just the contents of a suitcase, makes dressing for these goals difficult. However, add in an internship at a top fashion magazine, and your daily sartorial choices can seem downright stressful.
Enter today’s CollegeFashionista. Spotted outside Madison Square Park, this VOGUE intern takes office dressing to a new level with her twist on statement-making intern attire. When working in an environment bursting with fashion knowhow, it’s important to show your individuality not only through your work ethic, but also your style choices. This intern mixes it up by choosing not one, not two, but three notice-me pieces. The effect is striking, because, well, who wouldn’t notice her?
The key to this look lies in the pieces themselves. While they all grab attention, each has a tailored aspect that keeps the look from veering into costume territory. Her Zara top, although cut in a t-shirt silhouette, is a fitted, heavy silver lace. Her Maje pants, a ripe blue crepe, have pleating at the waist and a small cuff. Her Prada pumps have a delicate heel that adds a professional touch. Altogether, the outfit is eye-catching, while still work appropriate.
On top of the obvious style points earned by this Fashionista’s mixing of statement pieces, this look solves another intern dilemma: getting the most mileage out of your clothes. Blue pants look great, but how many times can you pair them with the same white shirt and neutral shoes? Take a deep breath and turn those old rules about matching on their head.
With her beauty routine, this Fashionista knows to keep it simple when choosing a bold outfit. The sleek, angular cut of her hair is polished, and she sticks to minimal makeup, with a pop of Nars qFunny Face" on her lips. Beware of messy hairstyles or drama queen cosmetics, which can detract from the professional vibe of the look. Instead, stick to clean styling and let your outfit do the talking.
As the summer draws to a close, take your cue from today’s look. Wear your favorite pieces in unexpected combinations to stand out not only as an intern, but as a confident Fashionista. After all, you only live once, right?
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