Thank you to boutiques, Bill Paul, Hamilton's and Susan Sausen from Cabi for providing a fashion show for Mid-Day members and guests highlighting the varying ways to dress for success. From business casual to business event and evening attire.
Attendees also brought gently used and new clothing to donate to the Community Clothes Closet. The mission of the Community Clothes Closet is to provide free clothing and opportunities for clients to improve their lives.
Presenters Barb Sexmith, Mary Kay Consultant & Toastmasters trainer, and Stacy Engebretson, NBC 26 broadcaster, provided insight into how the dress for success attire has changed in the last 20 years. A sea of "suits" was the norm, especially in the television and news industry. The national level sets the tone in the industry. The norm is now dresses versus suits and dress style is very dependent on the age of the broadcasters.
Barb shared that in 1970 at Berkeley college there was a class on how to dress for women in the workplace- "Dress like a man," was the motto.
Barb and Stacy recommend dressing for how you wish to be perceived. Dressing professionally day in and day out is still important.
The newest craze is using a service like Stitch Fix to order style pieces online. Working with a personal stylist online you receive 5 hand-selected pieces of clothing per month delivered to your door—no subscription required. Trunk Club is a Nordstrom company that provides a similar service. Make sure you do your research and read the online reviews when seeking an online personal stylist service.
The Fashion event also serves as our annual membership drive. We encourage you to review the benefits of being a member by clicking here: Join. Annual membership is only $108.