How to be a chic summer intern

Thursday, 26 June 2014 - 6:10am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Internship spells a practical and comfortable wardrobe, say experts

Summer internship is that crucial phase in your career when you want to make your presence felt and make just the right impact. In creative arenas like a fashion magazine, a retail house, a PR or an advertising agency, you may have the luxury of experimenting with clothes and accessories but don't go overboard. You don't want to come across as someone terribly attention seeking with teeny tiny shorts. No bold lips or party hair! Comfy shoes and a backpack this summer can take you a long way as you answer calls and source clothes for shoots.

What to avoid
Being an intern entails a lot of running around so one should avoid wearing stiletto heels or uncomfortable shoes. Designer Arpita Mehta says, "Avoid extremely low necks or short fitted dresses. One should steer clear of wearing something transparent no matter how thin you are, it always catches attention in the wrong way."

Be presentable
The key to dressing for an internship is to always be presentable. Even if you are working in a creative environment, there are certain boundaries.
Designer Anushka Khanna says, "If you are wearing jeans (make sure they are not overly distressed or busy), you can pair them with a simple tank or shirt and layer it with a lightly embellished vest or jacket. A long maxi dress or skirt (make sure it's not too long or sweeping) is also great, layer with a tissue thin cardigan (great for AC blasts) and some necklaces. I love the season's bomber jackets - they work great over jeans, wide-leg trousers or even city shorts. A red lip can work for the office, but keep the rest of the make-up really clean. Also, if you aren't used to heels all day, wear flats but keep a pair of pumps stashed under your desk to elevate your look."

Comfort and practicality
An internship entails a lot of running around and legwork. The ideal thing would be sticking to a great pastel palette and neutrals. Designer Priyadarshini Rao says, "Neutral coloured capris worn with dresses radiate a demure-yet-funky vibe. As an intern you are not trying to say that you are the youngest person around and at the same time you want to convey that you are with it. A cool crisp white shirt worn with indigo jeans is ideal. Jeans reflect your age and also convey the message that you are willing to rough it out. Keep the accessories minimal since the chunky stuff might hinder your work. You may either choose to take the trendy or the classic mode. Remember, you want to be taken seriously."

Keep it casual but covered
Stylist Ami Patel says, "Please avoid tiny shorts. For the styling team they might be okay but you need to respect people from other departments like the admin and accounts. You can't make it so casual that you're on a holiday. Keep it casual but covered. Also, it's not safe. You can be stylish at the same time. There's no harm in accessorising. Jeans are okay. You can put a light foundation and keep your hair neat. Fashion is important for a creative field but eventually your bosses will hire you depending on your work and not on the way you dress."

Ami Patel spells out intern etiquette

  • Don't give your opinion unless asked for
  • You are there to learn
  • Speak when you are spoken to
  • Get noticed but don't be talked about for dressing provocatively
  • Your work gets you hired

Designer Arpita Mehta decodes three key looks

  • Cotton crochet/hakoba or a solid colored jersey sleeveless crop top in black or cream over beige/ pastel coloured palazzo pants in a soft silk Modale fabric.

Make-up and hair: Strong lip colour. Hair should be tied up in a bun and add a statement gold neck piece.


  • A ripped slogan tee with leggings worn with a leather backpack and the new Adidas original canvas shoes or high tops with the wedge heels. A cap could be added to make this look more interesting.

Make-up and hair: Grey smokey eyes and nude lips. Messy fish braid with a three string chain should complete the look.

  • Since shorts have been accepted as a part of daily dressing, I'd suggest a pair of denim shorts in light blue or off-white. Avoid hot pants. Shorts should end just a little above the thigh. Team them with a chikankari tunic. Add a pair or gladiator sandals or mojris and complete the look with a big leather tote.

Make-up and hair: Very natural make-up, glossy lips and absolute straight hair.

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