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Tips from Barclays' Analysts on how to dress for your internship.

Preparing for your summer internship also means preparing your work wardrobe. For many of you, this will be your first time working in a business professional setting, so we’ve gathered some tips on how to dress for the job to get you organized.

First, know that dress codes often vary across business areas. Every desk has its own personality, its own set of rules and its own style. That being said, companies in financial services, including Barclays, generally follow a business professional dress code.

What does that mean? Below you will find guidelines on business formal vs. business casual:

Business Formal

  • Suits
  • Conservative dresses and pencil skirts
  • Tailored pants
  • Blouses
  • Blazers
  • Dress shirt and tie
  • Dress shoes (including heels and flats)

Business Casual

  • Casual slacks
  • Skirts
  • Collared shirts
  • Blouses
  • Sweaters

What not to wear:

  • Ripped denim
  • T-shirts
  • Flip flops
  • Athletic apparel

Because each business area has a slightly different standard for professional dress, you might find it helpful to take a look around your team once you join to see the options they select or ask a trusted team member for advice to better understand their expectations or any special circumstances to consider. For example, at Barclays, any meetings involving clients always require business formal attire. When in doubt, go for a more conservative option. You can also reference your company’s employee handbook for further clarification on dress codes.

It is important to be both comfortable and confident, while still dressing for your role. We hope that these guidelines help you get your internship wardrobe ready.