Why? Because he's seen how it can go wrong — especially in the summer when young women are tempted to wear less because it's so hot outside and young men think it's alright to come in unshaven, or in shorts.
"These things just don't project the kind of professionalism you would want in an office atmosphere," he says. "We go over how we as paid staff present ourselves and how we believe interns should present themselves as well….
"Most often it's because they just don't know. It's their first experience in a formal office environment. I've never gotten any push back."
Fila brings his interns to call on clients. And he expects them to look the part. "Daisy Dukes would just not work," he says.
Himmelrich intern Alexa Pollokoff of Owings Mills just graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Marketing. On her first day of work, before Fila even got to the "What Not to Wear" speech, she showed up in black dress slacks and a short-sleeved white blouse, explaining, "I tried to steer it down the middle road."
So, potential employers, there's at least one out there who gets it.
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