In keeping with Saturday morning’s post, I am going to continue with our foray into Dietetic Intern styling after receiving a comment from future intern, Meg (Hi Meg!). She says, “I have scoured the internet and have found little help in the ‘what to wear to a clinically based internship’ area.” Obviously, I am just beginning my journey as a Dietetic Intern, but from my experience as a Diet Tech at a large hospital in Rochester, I have picked up a tip or two regarding what to wear.
The goal is to to look professional, but be comfortable. With that being said, is my personal opinion to be slightly over-dressed, than too casual. As the saying goes, “dress for the job you want.”
Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up, shall we?
The standard shift at my hospital was a 10 hour day, which can pose a major challenge for those tootsies. To combat foot fatigue, I would frequently bring two pairs of shoes to work with me. A pair of reasonable, closed-toe pumps (3 inches or less with a sturdy heel) and a pair of supportive flats. A tip for choosing flats: if you can bend the sole backwards, you will not have enough arch support. Also, make sure the sole is not too slick, as spills in patient rooms and kitchens can be hazardous. I prefer something with a little rubber. Here are a few of my favorites:
A bright, unexpected heel can brighten up an ensemble. As my mother always says, “shoes make the outfit.”
Skirts, Slacks, and Smart Dresses
My work wardrobe includes several pairs of nice slacks and skirts in various styles and colors. As far as slacks go, I have a couple of heavier wool pairs for winter (which I probably won’t need in California!), many cropped ankle-length for the warmer months, and then some in between. Make sure to have your pants tailored so as to not drag and damage the hem. Some shops will measure in store (Banana Republic, J.Crew, Nordstrom, etc.) and send them out for you, so ask if they provide tailoring. Generally, this will cost you about $12 or less.
Pencil skirts are probably my favorite work-related garments. This season bright colors are in, so take advantage of exciting hues and prints. Don’t forget flattering A-lines either! Check with your hospital preceptor before coming to work with bare legs; nylons may be required.
Just keep them a modest knee-length.
Temperature regulation can be tricky at the hospital. Some patient’s rooms are kept very hot or bone-chilling cold; layering is key. Camisoles, light blouses, button downs (short sleeve!), cardigans, and light pullover sweaters are appropriate year round.
As you can see I am drawn to cream/neutral colored tops.
I also love the dressed-up tee look too.
As you can see, there is no need to go out and buy up a whole new wardrobe. Dressing up what you already own is as easy as accessorizing!
And yes, that would be a pineapple belt. Can you say perfect for a future RD?
Keeping hair clean and away from your face (and patient’s food) is a no-brainer. Here are a few styles I am totally digging.
I hope this takes away a little of the what-to-wear worry! For more ideas and where to purchase some of the items I’ve posted, check out my Professional Stylings Pinterest Board.
Here’s to Future RDs!