A past IMG Fashion Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week intern, as well as an Aspen Fashion week freelancer, Erinn Knight has grown from stylish yet professional intern into a professional stylist who currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Erinn believes that fashion is fast paced, high stress, and ever changing and runs her own style blog.
If you’re a young professional male with a secured summer internship and aren’t familiar with what to wear first day on the job, we are here to help. In the office, it is just as important for men to dress appropriately as it is for women. First impressions are vital to your future success within the company you are working for.
It is imperative to take note of what people in the office are wearing the day of your interview. By assessing your surroundings early, you are able to understand the company dress code and dress code limitations from the start.
If you are still unsure of what to wear to your summer internship, I would suggest pairing men’s dress shoes (black or dark brown loafers or lace ups) and a nicely pressed pair of khakis with a crisp white button down and navy sports jacket. If you aren’t accustomed to wearing a sports coat all day, feel free to take it off once you settle in at work. If you plan to ditch the jacket it is important that you wear a tie.
Feel free to incorporate your own personal style through your tie or dress shirt. Simple patterns and colors are fun in a work atmosphere and will give you the opportunity to express yourself and inner style. Be open to experimenting with your ‘business’ style but keep it classy when using self-expression. If you aren’t sure how to incorporate your own personal style, keep it sleek but simple with basic staple pieces.
Here are some tips that have held tried and true:
- No jeans, shorts, sneakers, running shoes, flip flops, colored wife beaters or colored undershirts
- Keep nails short and clean
- Always wear a belt and ensure that your clothes are clean and pressed
- Never wear anything worn, torn, stained, or frayed and steer away from faded colors