The Intern's Lookbook: Part 2
Professional minimalist or minimalist professional? Whether you are an intern or a full-time young professional just entering the workforce, it might be stressful trying to create an appropriate work wardrobe. But just because you are now working a 9 to 5 doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice comfort or the minimalist aesthetic for a 5-piece suit. In this post, I am sharing how I keep it professional without sacrificing comfort and personal style by debunking some common dress code myths.
Now, huge disclaimer before I begin: every company and office has their own dress code. If you are working on Bay Street in the Financial District, wear a suit. But if your company has a more casual dress code and isn't specific, then this guide is for you.
Myth #1: You can't wear sweat-anything
You might not be able to get away with your Roots sweatpants, but a sweatshirt at the office can definitely work. The trick to choosing a "professional sweatshirt" is looking for the little details. Most sweatshirts are cotton and show off the stitching. Both of these details are what make sweatshirts look so relaxed and "unprofessional". Find a sweatshirt that is comfortable but doesn't show off the stitching and has a smooth, solid appearance. The one I'm wearing is part of H&M's Modern Essentials collection selected by David Beckham. This sweatshirt does not show the stitching and is made of a scuba material which looks a lot more solid and sharp, despite it's crinkled-pattern texture.
Myth #2: No backpacks
Backpacks don't really feel all that professional — most career advisors would advise a briefcase or messenger bag. But I love this backpack from Matt & Nat! It's sleek, simple, classy, and timeless.
Myth #3: No sneakers
Thanks to the whole athleisure trend, sneakers are becoming more common in the workplace. But don't show up on your first day with beat-up Geox. Choose a pair of sneakers — not runners — that are clean and stylish. These ones here are leather sneakers from Lacoste and because they are leather, there is a connection to traditional leather work shoes which gives them their smart look.
Remember that your look is your first impression. Let your employer and colleagues know that you are serious about your role. But although your outfit is your first impression, it doesn't stop there. Skills, education, and attitude all matter but hopefully now you can worry less about how look, and focus more on giving 110% to your new position! Good luck!