20 Oct What to Wear to Your Internship in Singapore
Singapore is hot – incredibly hot. Not only is it hot, but it is humid, which means the last thing you want to wear to your Singapore internship is a full blown suit complete with those heavy fabrics (wool, tweed, cotton, etc.) that give little to no ventilation.
For all of your girls who are going for a Singapore internship – if you’re going to be buzzing around Singapore everyday, it’s important to find the best business-friendly articles of clothing that aren’t going to make you melt – even more than you already will be.
Before we jump into the tips, it might be helpful to think a little about what kind of internship in Singapore you have. If you have a business internship, consider more straight-laced, conventional articles of clothing. If you have a more artistic internship, you can probably afford getting a little more creative with your clothing options. Either way, girls, it’s just better to air on the more conservative side in a professional setting, so make sure you keep those skirts around knee-length!
Here are some more helpful tips to perfect your look.
Blouses, blouses, blouses! The blouse will be your best friend this summer while commuting around Singapore. Not only are these pieces versatile (you can wear them with a pair of light pants or a skirt), but its airy fabric will help mitigate the appearance of those sweat stains.
You might also want to invest in some business-appropriate dresses to wear to the office. While travelling, a short-sleeved or sleeveless dress can do wonders for, again, eliminating the sweat stains. After you get to the office, which is hopefully air-conditioned, you can pop on a blazer to finish off your conservative yet trendy look.
Button downs are essential for any internship, and for good reason. Like the blouses, these tops go nicely with any skirt or pair of slacks and they breathe just enough to be an appropriate clothing choice in Singapore’s tropical climate.
9 out of 10 times heels are just the worst for commuting. They slow you down, leave unsightly marks on your foot, and force you to ask yourself why you would ever choose looks over comfort again.
This isn’t to say you shouldn’t wear heels at all, but maybe you can find a pair of comfortable shoes to wear while commuting and switch off once you get to the office. Just remember: keep your shoes closed-toed. An open-toe shoe gives off a casual impression at the office.
Arguably, the best option for your feet and your sanity would be to opt for a pair of comfortable, versatile flats. I’m talking about the pair that doesn’t cut into the back of your heel after a few steps. When you’re in a store trying these on, try closing your eyes and focusing on how your feet really feel. If the width feels a little constricting, keep looking. If there is less than ¾ cm between your big toe and the front of the shoe, keep looking. If the lining of the shoe isn’t smooth or feels rough, keep looking. You may also want to walk around the store several times when looking for a good pair of flats, just to get a good idea of what it will be like to own them.
As a rule of thumb, always accessorize, but don’t overdo it. Typically, a toned down pair of earrings, that pretty bracelet you got as a gift from your mom, aunt, or friend, and possibly a necklace will give your outfit enough personality.
If you’re going to wear makeup, keep in mind that less is more. Generally, a little eyeliner and mascara will take you far enough. Anything more would result in raccoon eyes in the wet heat of Singapore. Plus, if you want to go for a vaguely smoky-eye look, your eyeliner will end up repurposing itself as eye shadow from the sweating.
Hopefully these tips were useful in helping you decide what to take with you for your internship in Singapore and what to keep at home. But at the end of the day, don’t get too wrapped up in what you are going to wear (even though it’s fun). You were hired for your brain, not for what you were wearing.