When you're a new intern at any company, there are likely a million worries running through your head. From impressing your boss to making sure you don't get lost (seriously, where is that copy machine!), one thing you definitely don't want to be worrying about is wearing the wrong thing to work. That's why we tapped career and internship expert Lauren Berger, founder of Intern Queen, for her professional style advice—particularly, her top tips on items interns should definitely not be wearing to the office.
Keep scrolling to check out her expert recommendations on what NOT to wear. Plus, go a bit further to shop our favorite professional and fashion forward items of the moment.
"It is ironic that a pair of ripped jeans could cost upward of $250, but just because they are designer doesn’t mean they are workplace appropriate. Everyone loves a great pair of Frame Denim ripped jeans, but you can’t wear them to work. Save your ripped jeans for nights and weekends, and stick with the sharp denim for workdays. Additionally, make sure that jeans are allowed as part of your work dress code. Most industries that are communications based—advertising, PR, marketing, fashion, and journalism allow jeans in the workplace. If the dress code at your work does not include jeans, black skinny jeans are not allowed. I actually got in trouble for wearing black jeans to work at my first job. (I thought I could get away with it.) Denim is denim."
"Today, it's very trendy to wear a sheer button-down long-sleeved (or sleeveless) collared top and wear nothing but a bra underneath. Kim Kardashian usually rocks the sheer-turtleneck-and-bra look. At your internships, jobs, or interviews, this isn’t appropriate. If you are going to wear a sheer top, you have to wear a nude or black cami underneath. An employer or a co-worker shouldn’t have any reason to stare at your bra. If you think your top is only semi-sheer, throw a tank on underneath just to be sure."
"If you wear a skintight dress or matching pencil skirt and top to work, people are going to look. If you are purposely drawing attention to your top and bottom half, how professional can you be viewed? In the workplace, your personality and your quality of work should be how people evaluate you and your performance. You don’t want to be evaluated based on some character you’ve created for yourself because of your tight clothes."
"If you walk into your internship, job, or interview with 100 bags (your weekender, your cross-body, and your large work tote) you risk looking like you don’t have it all together. You’ll look jumbled instead of polished. Keep bags in your car or at a friend’s house. Try not to schlep them all into work with you. I’ve actually had employers decide not to hire students when they walk into the office with 100 bags. Use one sharp tote for work. You can put a small clutch inside of it, if need be. This bag should be large enough that you can throw everything into it but still look sleek and professional."
Do you have any advice on fashion dos and don'ts for interns? Let us know in the comments below!