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Personal Shopper: A wardrobe for Jennifer's summer investment banking internship

Jennifer K. wrote, "Hi Outblush Editors, Ever since you guys were featured in Time magazine (back in highschool), I've been a follower. Now I am in college, and will taking an investment banking internship (i.e. lots of guys in the industry, pretty conservative, 100 hour work weeks) and I don't know what to buy for work clothes. I'd like something conservative but also stylish and I don't want to wear suits all the time either. I'd also want enough pieces that I can mix and match and not repeat the same outfit every other day. Finally, I'd top my budget at around 800 for multiple outfits, and I wear a size small. Thanks so much!"

Congratulations on the internship, Jennifer! As far as a wardrobe goes, since it's a conservative environment and you're an intern, we don't recommend trying to reinvent the wheel. The following basics should serve you well: 1 skirt suit & 1 pantsuit in different, coordinating colors, several skirts & pants in mix-and-match colors and patterns, and a variety of blouses & lightweight sweaters. Add various accessories (jewelry, shoes, scarves) to change up the look even further, and you'll be good to go. Good luck!

1. Tahari by ASL Belted Jacket & Ruffled Skirt ($182 on sale)
2. Anne Klein Three Piece Pant Suit ($150 on sale)
3. Express High-Waist Hook-and-Eye Pencil Skirt ($50, 4 colors)
4. American Apparel Vintage Printed Silk Mid-Length Skirt ($60)
5. Gap Perfect Trouser Pants ($60, 2 colors)
6. Ann Taylor Loft Julie Tweed Trousers ($70 on sale)
7. ASOS Pleated Ruffle Blouse ($54)
8. Karen Kane Banded Cowl Blouse ($75, 2 colors)
9. ASOS Linen Workwear Tailored Blazer ($72)
10. The Limited Delicate Ruffle Wrap Shirt ($45, 2 colors)
11. Violet & Claire Pleated Blouse ($44, 3 colors)

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