The 10 Items You Need For a Summer Business Casual Capsule

Happy end of the year! With the end of classes comes my favorite season of the year: internship season. Whether you already have one lined up, or if you’re still interviewing, a business casual wardrobe is an essential for navigating the office space, newsroom or set as a professional.

But deciding what to bring and what to buy can be stressful, especially when “business casual” has so many meanings. For example, my workplace last summer was an “emphasis on the CASUAL” workplace, which meant I could wear nice jeans and sneakers to work, as well as sundresses and harem pants. But I know other friends whose offices emphasized the “business” focus, meaning they had to be in a blazer every day.

When you figure out which version works for you, then comes the hard desicions of what to buy to upgrade your wardrobe. I suggest going with a list for a capsule wardrobe of only 10-15 items, shoes and all, that can be easily added to what you already have. Here are my picks:

ModCloth: Beautifully Upbeat Midi Skirt – $59

Old Navy: Square-Neck Cami Jumpsuit – $40

Madewell: White Cotton Courier Shirt – $65

Madewell: Central Drapey Shirt – $80

Old Navy: Wrap-Front Linen-Blend Top – $3

ModCloth: Opportune Talents Blazer – $79

Madewell: The Harper Mule – $158

Everlane: The Day Heel – $145