Working for Free – In Style


Working for Free – In Style

While summer internships have come and gone, Penn students know that every season is internship season. More likely than not, your new employer will have a dress code. So, what exactly is business casual?

Business Casual: A Beginner’s Guide

Here’s what it’s not:

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Denim, sheer or revealing dresses and casual tees or tanks most likely won’t fly at your internship.

Put your best foot(wear) forward 

Not all footwear will fall within dress code, either:

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Avoid wearing what my mother calls “stripper shoes.” Conservative, closed-toe shoes are generally the way to go. Think simple, nude or black pumps, ballet flats or loafers.

Also, flip flops are always a bad idea.

Key word: Conservative

Conservative is the key word. You want to present yourself as mature and put-together – your attire should reflect that. Simple sheath dresses and suiting pieces are always a safe bet. To avoid overheating, stick to light fabrics like stretch cotton, linen, and lightweight wool.

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  1. Calvin Klein, $118
  2. Theory, $295
  3. Theory, $237
  4. Banana Republic, $88

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  1. Theory pants, $295
  2. J.Crew skirt, $110
  3. Preston & York suit, $59-99

So go forth, and succeed in your unpaid internship – and look good doing it.

Bowman Cooper

Images courtesy of: Nasty Gal, Urban Outfitters, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillards, Theory, J.Crew, Banana Republic


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