Whenever I tell someone that I’m a fashion intern, the response I get is usually something like this: “Cool! So do you dress up and wear heels every day?”
Trying to keep my eye from twitching at the very mention of the h-word, I force a fake smile and say, “Nah, not really.”
So why does the very thought of a high heel make me cringe? Why does the mention of what was once my favorite kind of shoe practically bring me to tears? Let me explain.
On the day of my interview, I was dressed to impress in a chic, simple dress and a pair of classic black pumps. I wanted to keep up my image on my first day, so I chose an outfit that was sure to fit in with the atmosphere of the fashion closet, or so I thought. I went for a classic look with a high-waisted black pencil skirt, a ruffled top and a pair of strappy heels. I looked professional. I looked stylish. I looked confident.
I looked like the clueless new girl.
The moment I walked into the fashion closet I knew I was overdressed. The only high heels were the ones waiting to be worn by a model on a photo shoot. Not a single intern was as dressed up as I was! And I quickly found out why: runs.
Runs are the quickest way to ruin an intern’s day. And if you’re wearing sky-high shoes, they’re the quickest way to ruin your feet as well. A run involves walking many blocks to pick up a sample clothing item or accessory in a heavy garment bag from a designer’s headquarters or from a PR showroom. Wearing heels? Forget it.
However, every fashionista knows it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, so I kept my head and my heels high and called it a learning experience. For day 2, I chose a simpler outfit – dark bootcut jeans, a nice top, a cardigan, and most importantly, flats.
So what should you wear? Interning at a fashion magazine is not a game of dress-up.
Ladies, aim for polished comfort. At the mag I intern for, jeans are okay – just no holes in the knees please! Trendy tops and dresses are a definite must, but remember, you’re still a professional. No cleavage or exposed stomachs, this isn’t a day at the beach. And most importantly, comfortable shoes.
Gentlemen, jeans work for you as well. Cuff them at the bottom and pair them with a pair of nice loafers or boat shoes, you can’t go wrong. Add a collared shirt with a few buttons undone and you’ll perfect your look.
Time to get dressed for another day! Tell me, what do you wear to your magazine internship? Stuffy business attire or trends right off the runway?
Till Next Monday,