Dressed for Success

Jamie Striler, ’16, McKenzie Koelling, ’17, and Kat Cooper, ‘18, modeled business professional, casual, and inappropriate attire. PHOTO BY MEGAN FITZPATRICK.

Jamie Striler, ’16, McKenzie Koelling, ’17, and Kat Cooper, ‘18, modeled business professional, casual, and inappropriate attire. PHOTO BY MEGAN FITZPATRICK.

BY KAT COOPER
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Meg Langland gave students advice on how to dress professionally at the annual Dress for Success fashion show on April 8.


When getting ready for an interview, whether it be for a possible job, internship, or a shadowing opportunity dressing appropriately is a major part of making a good impression.

On Westminster’s campus there is an event known as Dress for Success, held every year. On Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall the fashion show began at 6:30 p.m. with the doors to the lecture hall having opened at 6:00 p.m.

The purpose of this event was to demonstrate to young college students the proper attire to wear to any professional outing. Three categories of models were presented including business professional, business casual and business inappropriate. With the many different programs on Westminster’s campus it speaks highly of the 96 percent placement rate into either graduate school or a full time job after college. The students on campus know the correct clothes to wear, proper etiquette for interviews, and have clear and impressive resumes.

Kayla Reeg, ’17, said: “The event was extremely beneficial. It allowed everyone to see what is and is not acceptable to wear to a professional outing.” In today’s society walking into an interview and making a good first impression is key. “You are immediately judged when walking into an interview on your appearance, so it is crucial to make sure you are able to make a good first impression, and that starts with the way you look,” said Reeg.

One of the models at the event, Sam Vogel, ’18, was in the fashion show modeling business casual attire. “It wasn’t very easy to do business casual for me,” Vogel said. “I feel like I could’ve more easily modeled business inappropriate or business professional because I knew immediately what the dress code for both of these was.” He added, “The pamphlets we received did help a lot to inform me about what business casual was and how to dress it, as well as the tips from Meg Langland during the event.”

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