How To Dress Like A “Skintern”


All of them are applying for jobs at Slate.

The idea of interns wearing skimpy clothing is, in itself, nothing new. Interns have been kind of sexy since Bill Clinton was in office, honestly. But the term IS new! Over at Slate, Katherine Goldstein writes: 

Skintern is a term I first heard from a male colleague who disapproved of the yearly ritual of scantily-clad young women showing up to do summer internships at our company.

If he disapproved that much, he shouldn’t have given them such an awesome name.

Surely, I am not the only person who thinks that a “skintern” sounds like a member of a really cool club, like the one Rizzo was in in Grease. I think it sounds either like that, or a member of a super cool alien tribe. Or maybe it sounds like a namefor whatever kind of mutant Mystique was, in X-Men.

In any event, it sounds really cool.

Skinterns fear nothing. They are truly alive. The air rushes upon their skin whenever someone walks by their cubicle, but they’re not chilly, they’re fine.

Who would not want to be a skintern!?

According to the Slate article to be a skintern you need:

  • Dresses so clingy they leave nothing to the imagination
  • Tops worn without a bra and tied together with string (Difficult. Napkin?)
  • Daisy dukes
  • Sheer harem pants (neat idea! Like an I Dream of Jeanie thing!)
  • Sexy over the knee lace-up boots
  • 4 inch heels
  •  Sheer shirts, dresses, or pants.
  • Mini-dresses, mini-skirts, short-shorts, halter-tops, and half-shirts
  •  Glittery platform sandals

And, I guess, in addition to all of that, a wonderful willingness to be free, and be yourself. Go. You wear those glittery platform sandals. Dance upon your desk in them lie no one is watching. You fear nothing. You are a skintern.

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    • Cee

      I would leave my job for a workplace that would let me wear ball gowns every day.

    • Nikola

      Other, more horrifying, definitions for skintern:

      1. An skinning intern, someone who is learning to skin all manner of things, but is doing it badly at first, sort of sloppy and slowly. Probably wears an apron covered in blood splatter

      2. An intern with excess skin. Just sheets of it hanging around.

      3. An intern with no skin, they must learn how to be amongst the skin having folks.

      4. A person who skins interns. Fresh young interns have the best skin!

      5. A person who interns with the person who skins interns. Must avoid detection of actually being an intern, or else risk being asked to skin oneself.

    • Sean

      I’m jealous of our skinterns, and the women in our office in general.

      I’d love to come to work in something loose and flowy in the middle of summer instead of suits. It’s one of the rare times women genuinely have the win in an office.

    • Zinaidasmith

      They are enjoying a amazing and entertaining the moment in the beach .

    • Alex

      If you can pull it off go for it! Goldstein needs to relax and stop projecting her insecurities to the entire world. Jealous much?