Ask Chris Benz: I'm a Magazine Intern on a Budget and Don't Know What to Wear!

Chris, Welcome! So, in about a week I am going to start my summer internship at a very prominent fashion magazine in the city. As a college student completely surviving off of student loans, I have no money to go shopping and I certainly don't own any of the designer brands featured in the magazine. I love style and the publishing world, which is why I am so excited for this chance, but what am I supposed to wear!!? Will I be laughed at if I wear a TJMaxx shirt? I know this sounds stupid, but it is seriously giving me anxiety. Help!! Dear Maxxed Out - First of all, get ready, because you are about to have one of the most exciting experiences you can imagine. Working for a magazine, especially in New York, over the summer, is an absolute dream! There are thousands of students out there that wish they were in your position, so fret not!
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Chris, Welcome! So, in about a week I am going to start my summer internship at a very prominent fashion magazine in the city. As a college student completely surviving off of student loans, I have no money to go shopping and I certainly don't own any of the designer brands featured in the magazine. I love style and the publishing world, which is why I am so excited for this chance, but what am I supposed to wear!!? Will I be laughed at if I wear a TJMaxx shirt? I know this sounds stupid, but it is seriously giving me anxiety. Help!! Dear Maxxed Out - First of all, get ready, because you are about to have one of the most exciting experiences you can imagine. Working for a magazine, especially in New York, over the summer, is an absolute dream! There are thousands of students out there that wish they were in your position, so fret not!
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Chris,

Welcome!

So, in about a week I am going to start my summer internship at a very prominent fashion magazine in the city. As a college student completely surviving off of student loans, I have no money to go shopping and I certainly don't own any of the designer brands featured in the magazine. I love style and the publishing world, which is why I am so excited for this chance, but what am I supposed to wear!!? Will I be laughed at if I wear a TJMaxx shirt? I know this sounds stupid, but it is seriously giving me anxiety. Help!!

Dear Maxxed Out -

First of all, get ready, because you are about to have one of the most exciting experiences you can imagine. Working for a magazine, especially in New York, over the summer, is an absolute dream! There are thousands of students out there that wish they were in your position, so fret not!

When I was an intern, I too had to find creative solutions for my outfits. One good rule of thumb is to keep it SIMPLE and CLASSIC. Plain, classic clothes without logos or anything too loud are the right way to go. If you’re feeling advanced, try to play with proportion: A small top with a very wide-leg trouser, or an over-sized top with tight, cropped pants. No one will fault you for being simple, clean, and chic.

A penny loafer and a crisp white shirt go a LONG way. Likewise, my favorite watch is a plain digital Timex I got for a few dollars when I was an intern!

Some of our most fabulous interns have dressed very simply, but played with inexpensive items to amp-up their looks. Obviously part of working in fashion is to have FUN and dress UP, so don’t be afraid to layer inexpensive gold bracelets on both arms, paint your nails a novelty color, and always have a bright, eager smile.

If you are gracious and hardworking, it won’t matter whether you’re sporting TJMaxx or couture.

xx CB