Winter Office Style Contest | Win $50 (Closed)

**This giveaway has ended.  Check out the winner below the original post.  Stay tuned for more contests!**
It's that time of year again... internship searches, career fairs, and hopefully some interviews. You only get one chance to make a fabulous first impression.  You want your interview attire (and workplace fashion in general) to convey how professional you are while still showing off your personality.  Not sure where to start when it comes to putting together a get-up that says, "Hire Me!"?  Check out this infographic:

Now comes the fun part!  Lovely Undergrad wants YOU to come up with a Winter Office Style worthy of an interview and internship.  And the best outfit's creator wins a $50 visa gift card! 

Rules + How to Enter:

1. Read the above infographic for wardrobe tips. 

2. Think of your dream internship.
Think about what you would wear if you
scored a winter interview for that internship.  

3. Using Polyvore, (or any program of your choice...
even Paint!), create an outfit set showcasing what
you would wear to your dream internship interview. 

4. Blog about your outfit!  In your post, include
an image of your set and write about your dream
internship, how the outfit follows the infographic's
advice, and why you would wear the outfit to an interview.

5. For one entry, submit your link (below) to this post.
Simply click on the "Add Your Link" button and follow
the directions.  Then, leave a comment on this post
including your name, email address, and another link
to your blog post featuring your outfit. 

(Important: Entries that don't include a valid email address will be disqualified.
If you're worried about bots, spell out the words "at" and"dot" or putting [ ]'s around them.)

6. For an extra entry, tweet about this contest or share
it on Facebook. Let Lovely Undergrad know you did this by
tweeting @LovelyUndergrad or leaving a comment on

7.  This contest is open to contestants 18 and older,
living in the United States. One entry per contestant. 

8. You can vote for the outfits you like.  A winner will not
be selected solely based on votes.  Lovely Undergrad
will choose a winner, taking into consideration number
of votes, quality of the outfit, practicality, creativity,
style, and even things like thriftiness.  

9. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm February 22, 2012.  

10. A winner be announced on the blog
and notified by email on February 23, 2012

Got all that?!  Lovely Undergrad can't wait to see all of the pretty, professional Winter Office Style outfits you lovelies come up with!  If you have questions or need clarification about the contest, please feel free to send an email.

Disregard my entry below. I'm not entering, of course, I just wanted to make sure the link tool worked. :)


This giveaway sponsored by Adecco USA who is running a “New Year, New You” contest through the end of January 2012. Check out the Adecco Facebook page for more details, and find out how you could win daily prizes throughout January 2012! One grand prize winner will receive a new interview suit, a new laptop and career counseling! 


The winning outfit belongs to Megan (megancstroup.blogspot.com).  I chose Megan's outfit because it is classic at its core: a great pair of charcoal trousers, a simple white blouse, a fabulous blazer, and ladylike pumps.  The jacket and shoes both add color---the deep raspberry and dark turquoise hues are fun while remaining totally office-appropriate.  The light gray bag is perfect for toting all your necessities to and from work.  And the best part about this ensemble?  By adding and subtracting different accessories, this ensemble can be tailored to almost any professional internship opportunity.  By laying off of lots of jewelry, it's an effortlessly chic outfit for the corporate world.  By layering on interesting necklaces, rings, or bracelets, you can jazz it up for a more creative workplace environment. 

Thank you all for your entries!  This was a fun giveaway and I loved seeing what you all came up with!  Hopefully we can do something like this again soonly. :)

Congrats, Megan!  I'll be in touch about your prize!


Unknown said...

You bet I blogged it! :)

Here's the url: http://thebigcitybumpkin.blogspot.com/2012/01/2012-chicago-cubs-season.html

I'm looking forward to my fourth season in the retail office at Wrigley Field -- no, it's not an internship, but as a seasonal worker, I'm looking forward to the day when this becomes a full-time year-round career for me (sometimes it kind of feels like an internship, hehe)!

Unknown said...

Oops, forgot my email address... vuttaro@me.com, or vanessaluttaro@gmail.com

Bryony said...

I had a go..

I can't win because I live in the UK but I thought it looked fun!

Sharing From Afar said...

Here is my ideal outfit: http://sharingfromafar.tumblr.com/post/17279558099/idealinterviewoutfit

My ideal internship would be working for a non-profit organization in Miami, where I am originally from. Miami is actually quite conservative in the work force, but you still have to look professional and put together. Miami’s idea of winter colors are dark and darker, but its still a fun city so I added color with the blouse so I stand out more. The pencil skirt was highly suggested in the infographic, and I think they were right in the fact that it is very versatile. Although it is usually in the 70’s in the winter in Miami, the A/C is usually cranked up, so I added the jacket in case the office is too cold. The infographic also suggested noise free jewelry, so I went with simple pearl earnings and a ring. I also cannot go without wearing a watch wherever I go. And of course, you cannot walk out the door without sunglasses.

Sharing From Afar said...

and my email address: amy.r.share@gmail.com

ebosch said...


I recently acquired my dream internship working for the March of Dimes. We do various fundraisers throughout the year to benefit children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I chose to make my dream internship outfit based on what I would wear to a fundraising event we held in the fall.

The event is called The Chefs Auction, and includes dinner with a silent auction, followed by a live auction with bigger priced items. Its a formal event that is held every year. I chose to put the outfit together with a simple silver dress and a black cardigan for in case it is cold in the ballroom. I paired it with a pair of purple shoes, clutch and ring because purple is the color of the March of Dimes. A black smoky eye is the perfect makeup to pull the look together with a splash of color on the nails.

My outfit isn't for the office, but I chose a more modest dress and cardigan because I am still there representing the company. Also, I chose to use the purple accessories to add some color to the outfit. I chose a closed toe pump as the article said.

My name is Elizabeth Bosch and my email address is ebosch@purdue.edu

Megan said...

What a fun contest! I posted my outfit at http://megancstroup.blogspot.com/2012/02/winter-internship-contest.html.
Name: Megan Stroup
E-mail: megancstroup@gmail.com

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