internship outfit ideas

8 Internship Outfit Ideas You Need this Summer

It’s summer internship season, which means the typical leggings and oversized crewneck we all wear to class will officially no longer cut it. Getting started in your field is part know-how, part appearanceso it’s time to up your wardrobe game in the office. Wanna walk through the door in style? Babe, we got you. These internship outfit ideas are to die for (and bonus: all totally affordable!).

Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses are the perfect one-and-done outfit choice for an internship! Throw on one of these comfy bad boys, slip on some heels or sandals and voilà! You’ve got yourself a flawless outfit for your first day!

Get this look: Nude Open Toe Heels, 3-Pack Silver Glitter Hoop Earring Set, Blue Striped Maxi Dress


Jumpsuits are just like maxi dresses—aka, the perfect throw-on-and-go look with the added bonus of, well, pants. Find a vibrant jumpsuit and pair it with a cropped denim jacket, strappy shoes and a cute layered necklace. It’s the ultimate style to take you from the office to a quick bite after work with friends, then home for some casual TV binge-watching.

Get this look: Plus Navy Striped Jumpsuit, Plus Cropped Jean Jacket, Double Strap Slip On Sandals, Silver Arrow Dangle Necklace

Mini Dresses

Mini dresses are one of our most-loved looks because you can wear them so many ways! The perfectly printed mini dress can be dressed up or down in a matter of seconds (seriously, so fast). Grab a pair of sandals and a denim jacket for casual Friday or a leather jacket and heels for our trendy take on the power suit.

Get this look: Multi Striped Dress, Red Leopard Mini Dress, Black Suede Heels, Punch Crossbody Bag

Midi Skirts

If you wanna wear a longer skirt to the office, but the heat is keeping you from breaking out your maxi skirt, compromise with a midi skirt! Our favorite new trend is styling a midi skirt with a graphic tee, our most-loved strappy summer sandals and statement earrings. This cute-but-casual look is perfect for a dressed down day at the office.

Get this look: Plus Black Midi Skirt, Plus Kanji Thank You Graphic Tee, Black Strap Sandals, Rose Gold Double Hoop Earrings

Flare Pants

Super soft flare pants are making a comeback, and it’s MAJOR! These striped flare pants are the perfect statement piece for your summer internship. Pair them with a wrapped top, block heels and a fanny packso you can have exactly what you need for that impromptu meeting or lunch date as soon as you need it.

Get this look: Black Striped Flare Pants, Burnt Orange Ribbed Top, Black Peep Toe Heels, Black Leather Fanny Pack


The cardigan: for when the office A/C kicks on and it’s already like 0 degrees for some reason. Layer up your favorite paperbag waist pants and sleek V-neck tee with a cute cardigan for a grade-A internship outfit. Complete the look by channeling your inner Cher with these ‘90s-inspired velvet scrunchies and clear strap black heels.

Get this look: Plus Open Front Cardigan, Plus Black Tie Front Tee, Plus Black Striped Paperbag Pants, 5-Pack Pink Satin Scrunchie Set, Black Clear Strap Block Heels

Working With Prints

Babe, you are fierce. So show off your inner animal with these wild prints! There’s nothing like showing up to your meeting and presenting a project in a snakeskin print bodysuit. Keep things classy for the office with black palazzo pants, buckled heels and silver hoop earrings.

Get this look: White Snakeskin Bodysuit, Black Palazzo Pants, Black Ankle Wrap Heels, Silver Structured Earrings


Super cute kimonos can upgrade any outfit! Take a favorite white tee, a must-have pair of ripped jeans and monochrome sneakers, and throw on a printed cardigan to change the game! Finish your look with layered necklaces if you want to add a little more glam to this outfit.

Get this look: Plus White Tee, Plus Blue Floral Kimono, Plus Light Wash Jeans, White Striped Low Top Sneakers, 6-Pack Gold Cross Necklace Set

This summer is all about adventure, growing and discovering something new (oh, and looking ah-mazing, too!). Use this internship opportunity to develop your own personal style…with a little help from us, of course! Snag all these internship outfit ideas and sooo many more dresses, jumpsuits, super cute blouses and even our cruelty-free makeup you need to kick off your job the right way!

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