I'm going to see the governor of my state next week for a possible internship position! I need help looking "businessy"! I don't want to look too old. I want to look my age (18), but still classy, fashionable, and with appropriate business attire! Advice, pics, tips,...anything would be helpful! Thanks!
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congrats on this! sounds like a big deal. dressing business formal at 18 is tough...the good news is, you have more leeway with wearing things that are more stylish.
i would say either navy blue or black wide-leg trousers...they're fashionable and totally polished, and dressier than khakis. or, for a different look, a pencil skirt that sits at your waist. if you go for the skirt though, don't get it at forever 21 or something...go to a more adult store like new york and company or j crew. it will be more grown up and less trendy.
pair these with a satin blouse in a color that compliments your skin tone and eyes (pick a blue if you have blue eyes, purple if you have brown eyes, rust-orange if you have green eyes)...make sure this top isn't sexy though! cleavage is really inappropriate for the workplace. a good rule is no lower than two inches below the collarbone.
on top of the blouse, wear a one-button blazer in a fabric that matches your bottoms. if it were a regular day in the office, you could omit the jacket, but for the interview, wear one. one-button is more youthful than two-button, and only younger girls have the figure to get away with it.
as far as accessories go, keep it simple. heels are a must, but keep them less than 4 inches, rounded, closed toe and no platform. color is a variable here, you can make it more fashion-forward by wearing shoes that are a complimentary color to your blouse to make it interesting. jewelry should all be the same metal. a charm necklace and small chandelier earrings are a good call. nothing clunky or beyonce-esque.
keep your makeup simple, natural colors and NO SHIMMER OR SPARKLES (they will make you look more like a girl playing dressup). only line your upper lashline, preferably in brown, wear a more tawny blush, and wear a berry lip stain (it will make you look more professional as opposed to wearing lipgloss).
don't have bright colored nails, if you paint them or get them done, keep them short and wear a pale blush or deep maroon color.
don't overstyle your hair. a good style for this is to blow it out with a round brush, then pull back the top and sides with a clip.
hope this helps and good luck on your interview!