It’s internship time once again, and you need to create the perfect capsule wardrobe complete with items that you can re-wear while still looking fashionable. Fret no more, because I curated the perfect items to keep in stock throughout your summer internship to keep your style fresh and easy.
1. Black Trousers
The must-have staple in every wardrobe, black trousers can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels or dressed down with a pair of cool chunky sneakers. Find a well-fitting pair that is neither too long nor too short and match it with a button-down shirt or a sweatshirt on the weekend. Trousers are the elegant stepsisters to leggings and can be styled for every occasion from work to just hanging out with friends.
2. Button Down Top
Another go-to staple for your work wardrobe is a classic button-down top. Buy it in a simple white or a fun stripe and interchange it with your black trousers and a trendy midi skirt. Depending on your workplace you can leave it untucked over jeans on casual Friday or tucked in with trousers and flats on a Monday.
3. A White Top
White is a refreshing, clean color that instantly adds a touch of refinement to your work wardrobe. Opt for a top that best fits your bottom assortment and dress code such as an elegant linen tank for a more casual environment or a puff sleeve blouse for a more formal internship.
4. A Linen Blazer
What do you throw over your carefully curated outfit when the AC is cranked up? A linen blazer of course! This staple item is easy to wear and fit in your already overstuffed bag. Opt for one in a neutral color to layer over your white blouse, or go for a chic black one and create a stylish all black ensemble.
5. Checkered Pants
In addition to a pair of black trousers, it’s good to have another pair of pants with a pattern that adds a simple flair to the minimalist intern capsule wardrobe. The perk of a patterned pant is that it matches everything! Style them with elegant flats or chunky booties for the perfect Fall look.
6. Mockneck Tank
Equal parts elegant and chic, the mock neck tank is a girl’s best friend because its shape is slimming on every figure. All you need to do is tuck your mock neck into your black trousers and throw on your linen blazer to create a timeless look in five minutes on your laziest day.
7. A Midi Skirt
For warmer days when you just cannot bear the idea of trousers, select a midi skirt to tuck your mock neck or button down into for an instant ‘fit that everyone will be jealous of. For a more fashion-forward look, purchase a skirt with buttons or a fun pattern to dress up your simple colored tops and pair with a bright-colored pair of flats.
8. Black Pouf Sleeve Top
Pouf sleeves are all the rage right now, and for good reason! These feminine sleeves accentuate the arms and add a touch of drama to your look in just the right way. Select a black pouf sleeve to tuck into a patterned midi skirt or go for a New Yorker all-black look with black trousers and loafers.
9. Black Mules
The best part of creating a capsule wardrobe- the shoes! Like clothes, black shoes are the easiest to match and wear every day no matter where your day may take you. Take a chance on a pointed pair of mules with a touch of height to update the basic ballet silhouette. Pair with your black trousers and white button-down for your everyday look or with your midi skirt and pouf sleeve top for an extra girly ‘fit.
10. Platform Penny Loafer
In addition to a flat pair of shoes, you need a bit of height in your capsule wardrobe. The penny loafer is a refined silhouette that becomes extra modern when you add a few inches to its heel. These look adorable when paired with a more feminine dress or midi skirt and wrap top.