At the risk of sounding too cliche: this will be me come Friday, January 6th. Recently, I just got offered an internship with Harper’s Bazaar Accessories Team for the Winter/Spring 2012 semester. Yes, yes, GREAT! I was on cloud nine and then reality hit me. Shit. I had never worked at a fashion magazine, yes I follow the runway shows but only to a certain extent, and I did not have the wardrobe that most young women who have these jobs seem to have. With the clock ticking and my whole closet in Boston being packed away into suitcases, with every shirt I fold I can’t help but think: “nope, can’t wear that. or that. or that.” Ladies, if this is you (and I hope there are some of you who have been in my very position) I think I may have found some solutions.
1. Fashion Bloggers- I have a few fashion bloggers that I shamelessly stalk religiously only because I love everything that these girls put together. (Brooklyn Blonde, This Time Tomorrow, and Cupcakes and Cashmere- google them. You won’t be disappointed.) A lot of the looks that they are seen wearing seem to be work-acceptable. Very few times do they wear jeans, and almost all of the time there is some kind of piece from J.Crew involved. The thing I love about bloggers is that more often than not, they reference where to get what they are wearing AND, also similar styles to pick up (often cheaper.) Lesson being: Learn from bloggers.
2. Know what to splurge on and where- Okay yes, I would love to be able to go into Bloomingdales with an imaginary credit card and charge anything and everything that will boost my wardrobe for this internship and hope the bill gets lost in the mail. Here’s where knowing what’s worth it and what isn’t comes in handy. Yes, blouses are a must. But is it a must to spend $500.00 on 3 blouses? Absolutely. Not. H&M has great and affordable selections of colored blazer, blouses, and work pants that are sure to help wow the pants off your superiors. A little more expensive but just as trendy is Zara, offering an extensive selection of work styles that you can easily mix and match to make your own. And last but not least, Topshop. This UK based brand has many printed pant styles, blouses, and jackets that can easily semi- transform you from Anne Hathaway in scenes 1-10 to Anne Hathaway in scenes 10-18.
3. What I would recommend splurging on?- Trouser. Pants. I got two pairs from Ann Taylor the other day (50% off sale!) one black and one (insert gasp) Winter White. and I could not be happier with them. A pair of basic, wide leg trousers will take you from winter to spring no problem and are easily adaptable into any outfit. I also picked up a couple pairs of skinny black pants from the Gap which would look great with an oversize blouse, blazer, and fun accessories.
4. Shoes- This subject I will have to get back to you on. I am only 5’3″, so in other words petite, and I know some of the requirements of interns include “running” around the city. I love a good trusty pair of 5 inch heels so on the safe side, I’ll be wearing them but on my runs I’ll be sure to pack my Gap City-Flats in my bag to help keep me from completely destroying my feet.