It’s an age-old problem for people trying to enter the workforce: without a job, how can you afford a suit? But without a suit, how can you get a job?
To help solve this dilemma, Lyndon State College, in cooperation with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship (CRE), is holding its 3rd annual “Dressed for Success” event on Wednesday, March 12 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the college’s Moore Community Room/Academic and Student Activity Center (ASAC) room 100.
The goal of the project is to provide a free business-ready outfit to each junior and senior who attends the event. These clothes become a foundation for the student’s professional wardrobe and may be worn to interviews, presentations, internships, and in other professional circumstances. The needs of juniors and seniors will be prioritized but all LSC students are welcome to participate.
All merchandise will be received by donation. The group seeks donations of suits, sport coats and blazers, jackets, overcoats and dress coats, dress shirts and blouses, trousers and slacks, skirts and dresses, and shoes. The group also seeks other relevant professional attire and accessories such as scarves, ties, belts, costume jewelry, briefcases, portfolios and attaché cases. Clothing should be clean and gently worn.
Donations may be dropped off at the ASAC reception desk Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. through March 10. Donations are also accepted at two off-campus locations this year: Moore’s Dry Cleaners in Newport, Vt., and Palmer Brothers Cleaners in St. Johnsbury. All donors will receive a discount coupon from the Pizza Man.
There are other changes this year: stylists from Shear Sensations will be offering professional hair styling and makeup application tips during the event and this year’s “fashion show” models will dress in styles appropriate for a variety of occupations to reflect the fact that not every LSC graduate will need to dress in a suit for work.
Tara Lynn, owner and designer of Tara Lynn Bridal, will give a presentation at 2:30 p.m. about the professional habits and dress that prospective employers look for and how to make a good first impression. She is also lending her dress forms for the event. Seamstress Lorraine Brown will be back to measure collar, sleeve, and inseam measurements. JC Penney will provide clothing racks and hangers. Clothing remaining after the event will be donated to NEK Youth Services and Helping Other People Everyday (H.O.P.E.).
Lyndon State College’s Center for Rural Entrepreneurship coordinates the event as a component of the college’s Commencement Fair. For additional information, contact Christina Cotnoir, CRE assistant director, at (802) 626-6747 or email@example.com.