Many young politicos dream of working on Capitol Hill, whether that is as an intern in a Congressional office, on a committee, or in the chambers themselves as a member. Every summer, X number of interns flood Capitol Hill. Many of them come to the Hill unsure of how to dress best for the position they are holding. Here are five of the top tips for dressing for Capitol Hill that will help you look professional, stay comfortable, and go far in your career.
Bring a change of shoes
Heels can make you feel like an in-charge woman who is there to take on the world, but blisters hurt. You don’t want to be the intern having to walk around barefoot with bleeding feet after a long day of giving tours or running errands. I always recommend bringing a change of shoes to work, no matter your office. A nice pair of neutral flats can live in your desk drawer and might save your life one day.
Keep a blazer handy in the office
Summers in DC are quite hot and muggy. You don’t want to walk into your office at 9AM already having sweated through your outfit. That’s why I recommend keeping a blazer or nice jacket at your office. A black blazer can hand on the back of your chair without taking up too much room and you’ll be able to walk to work more comfortably. Also, you’ll always have a blazer handy in case you have to look a little more professional when you didn’t expect it.