3 Affordable Looks For Your Internship

Not to get all "when we were your age" on you, but we know firsthand what it's like to be a struggling intern trying to have it all. (By "all," we mean decent meals, a place to live, and a little extra spending money.) And, even though landing a dream internship is supposed to make it all better, it can sometimes make it even harder, since you now have to look like you have it all, too.
We put together a handy roadmap for looking like a boss, even though you're not getting paid like one — or at all. We cooked up three stellar work outfits that comprise some of the most wallet-friendly wardrobe finds, ever. Two of these head-to-toe looks ring up under $150; our splurgiest ensemble totals less than $200.
Now for some real talk: Are we advocating that you hit the mall and dig into your savings to score a completely new outfit? Of course not. Our goal is to introduce you to the bargain-basement pieces (and the totally on-point ensembles) that will make your inner Working Girl feel a little more polished and put-together. Just remember us when you're crushing the corporate ladder.

Better Basics For $148.25
Wardrobe staples with endless mix-and-match possibilities are always a good investment. Here, a sunny yellow sweater is tempered by the ladylike lines of a sleek navy skirt, and both pieces are endlessly versatile. Add a nude heel for leg-lengthening height and a colorful bag for a little pop, and you're ready for the day.

Clockwise from top left: Uniqlo Cashmere V Neck Sweater, $59.90, available at Uniqlo; Dorothy Perkins Ink Textured Circle Skirt, $35, available at Dorothy Perkins; Urban Outfitters Turquoise Rectangle Earrings, $10, available at Urban Outfitters; ASOS Clutch Bag in Blurred Lines Print, $46.30, available at ASOS; Fioni Insider Ankle Strap Pump, $17, available at Payless stores.

Preppy Prints For $146.83

In a more casual workplace, a little print-mixing can help showcase your personality while keeping your professionalism intact. Start with a simple pattern, like polka dots, and pair it with a slightly more adventurous print, like a bright floral. The slim, tailored silhouette is office-appropriate, and a classic quilted bag and metallic skimmers are the ideal finishing touches. On the beauty side, opt for a neutral, fresh face to keep the focus on your outfit.

Clockwise from top left: Mango Slim-Fit Floral Print Trousers, $39.99, available at Mango; American Eagle Printed Chiffon Button Down Shirt, $39.95, available at American Eagle; e.l.f. Studio Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow Palette, $6, available at e.l.f.; Delia's Quilted Stud Crossbody Bag, $24.90, available at Delia's; Penny Loves Kenny Aaron Flat, $39.95, available at Zappos.

Elegant Upgrades For $192.11

If all those side gigs have left you with a little extra cash in your clothing budget, we recommend spending it on a flattering dress with major chameleon-like qualities. This flirty, printed number easily goes from work to dinner date to girls' night out. Pair it with your trusty black tights, jewel-toned booties, and a crisp blazer, and it will become your new cure for the Mondays. A robin's-egg blue satchel and a knotted necklace add a frugal flourish.

Clockwise from top left: Forever 21 Cool Knotted Chain Choker, $9.80, available at Forever 21; H&M Patterned Dress, $34.95, available at H&M; Miss Selfridge Cream Ponte Lapel Detail Jacket, $68, available at Miss Selfridge; Style&co. Maryland2 Bootie, $39.37, available at Macy's; Merona Satchel Handbag with Removable Shoulder Strap, $39.99, available at Target.

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