In honor of W’s two newest interns–Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf and Dan Humphrey–we asked Fashion Assistant Nora Milch to shed some light on the dos and don’ts of intern attire. To see how our newest additions fare in the fashion closet and for a peek at the W offices, check out the new episode on the CW tonight, 9/8c.
I think all fashion interns should dress to express their own individual style. With that said, there are definitely some better wardrobe choices than others. The key is to look chic and professional, without sacrificing comfort. Here are a few tips to help you look your best at work in W‘s (or any) fashion closet:
- Our fashion closet is always ice-cold so it’s important to wear layers. This cotton-twill peacoat is perfect for around the office.
There is nothing more important to any girl’s wardrobe than the perfect white button up blouse. This J. Crew shirt is a great choice. Can’t survive without some color? Try this Equipment bright red silk blouse. [#image: /photos/5853abc89c190ec57ac0937a]||||||From left: J. Crew, $59.50, jcrew.com; Equipment, $188, nordstrom.com
I love this 60’s inspired Theory skirt. It’s a very stylish, age appropriate option for your first day on the job. [#image: /photos/5853abc86666b2eb4762e5b3]||||||Theory, $215, theory.com
A fashion intern doesn’t sit in front of a computer all day, so jeans are a great option. They are comfortable and easy to move around in. Plus, if worn right, they are totally chic and professional. I live in jeans. My favorites are by Rag & Bone and J. Brand. So, what makes the perfect pair for the office? Here are some tips: Avoid rips and extreme fading and go with solid washes; opt for midrise — a slightly higher waistline gives a cleaner look; and pick a cigarette or skinny cut that hits right above the ankle. [#image: /photos/5853abc9c7188f9b26c93871]||||||Rag & Bone, $180, lagarconne.com
Interns are on their feet all day. Whether you’re running around NYC to pick up samples, or running around the fashion closet packing trunks for a big shoot, comfortable shoes are critical. Unfortunately sky-high heels don’t cut it. These Reed Krakoff oxfords are the perfect alternative. They’re as comfortable as flats, but give you a couple of extra inches of height. [#image: /photos/5853abc9c7188f9b26c93873]||||||Reed Krakoff, $595, reedkrakoff.com
Finish off your look with a few extra accessories. I love these Eddie Borgo earrings. They are affordable and look great with everything. Also, a warm winter coat won’t cut it in NYC in February. Try an infinity scarf like this one from Rag & Bone. [#image: /photos/5853abcae3d613c03e1ec881]||||||From left: Eddie Borgo, $150, eddieborgo.com; Rag & Bone, $360, net-a-porter.com
Of course, there are a couple things you should avoid:
– First, you want to be professional, but make sure to dress your age. For example, leave the pantsuit you bought for college interviews at home.
– Always try to look your best, but 6-inch YSL tributes are a big mistake given the amount of time you’ll be running around the city.
– And finally, be comfortable, but no leggings or tights as pants please.