This semester is the last year of my second year of graduate school at Syracuse University. It’s been a crazy fun journey and I’m looking forward to the adventures that are to come. Note: I forget it was picture day this year yet I somehow managed to wear a similar lipstick and hairstyle as the previous year!
I recently got an internship at an office in Washington, D.C. As I was packing and preparing myself for my life as intern, I took a look at my closet to see what I had that could work for an intern’s closet. My internship has a “business casual” dress code, so I knew I already had some items in my closet that could fit the bill. I didn’t want to buy and entirely knew wardrobe but I wanted versatility, so I was looking to add a few pieces that I could dress up and dress down. I scoured the internet for clues on what most professionals considered business casual. I stumbled upon this photo: Here are the recommendations from the post,:
Pants (solid colors are best), Skirts (length that lands at or above the knee), Tailored dress Tailored shirts, blouses, knits, sweaters and cardigans, Blazers and jackets, Both closed toed and open toed heels are appropriate, Jewelry and accessories (such as belts, scarves, watches) should be classic and conservative
One of my biggest problems with D.C. professionals is that they look great at work, but everywhere else they look a little…interesting. I often tuck my heels (if I wear any at all) into my bag and wear cute, sensible flats on the train. I think more brands in the DC area need to invest in comfortable flats, because the market out here is serious! There are women in beautiful skirt and blouse ensembles with neon Nike sneakers on and men in well cut suits with New Balances on. For me, comfort is paramount. I enjoy getting dressed for my internship and I also enjoy the fact that I can leave work and go meet up with friends without having to change. I am comfortable and I look put together. My office seemed to be pretty casual, which explains why my wardrobe leans more on the casual side. Here are a few of my outfits and some tips for the first few weeks at an internship with a business casual dress code.
Tip #1: Show some personality with some color.
Tip #2: Wear a sleeveless top and bring along a sweater or jacket to adjust for the weather.
Tip #3: Use statement necklaces to make your outfits a little more interesting
Tip #4: Invest in a bag is both cute and functional
Tip #5: Pair solids with patterns to break up the monotony of an outfit
Tip 6: Substitute uncomfortable slack for jeggings
My favorite tip is the last one. I never would have thought I’d be wearing jeggings to work, but after the first day I realized my desk job requires me sitting for hours! I realized, I might as well be comfortable while I sit and work. When I decided to wear jeggings, I made sure they were the type that actually looked like regular pants (with a zipper, button, back pocket, etc.). I also both them a size up, so they wouldn’t be inappropriately tight. There is a wide variety of jeggings online and most of them are inexpensive. I know that there will come a day when I have to become a real person and buy an entire wardrobe of designer pants, but for now I am just a humble intern who wears stylish jeggings to work. Those are my tips for dressing to impress as an intern. Are there any other interns out there? What do you all wear to work?
Peter pan lace collar
Beige floral skirt
Braided tan belt
Beige and grey fuzzy socks
Tan ankle boots
This outfit was for me. I had nowhere special to go and no one particularly important to see. I dressed like this to reflect how happy and content I am. I’m in a good place despite it being less than 20 degrees outside. My skirt has flowers on it to remind me that one day soon the flowers will bloom again. All things that were once dead will come back to life.
Happy MLK day everyone!
Today I am grateful for Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight to achieve social justice for all. We’re a long way from a post-racial society but I believe that there are still intrinsically good people who are willing to work together to make our world a better place. #365grateful
WAYW: wine corduroy pants, white v-neck tshirt, rose cardigan, tan ankle boots, blue dual-color circle scarf.
Check out this throwback picture of Dr. King:
The temperature was 58 degrees this morning in Syracuse. It’s September!! And like the Nigerian-Houstonian that I am, I layered like I was deep into of Autumn. Other than my hands, I was warm enough. When I stepped outside, I noticed people wearing short sleeves and shorts. If 58 degrees is considered weather, I’m not prepared for the type of weather that requires jackets and coats.
I’d been wearing a light jacket but after I got out of my 8am class, my jacket was no longer necessary.