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Planning committee member Katie Ma '13 with one of the mannequins placed around KU Ballroom displaying tips for workplace attire.

Wear This…Not That

11:16 AM  Feb 14th, 2012
by Meredith Hirt '13

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Caitlin Krebs ’05 urged students to ditch their Dayton gear – but not because she’s a Xavier fan. She was instructing UD women how to dress for the job they aspire to.

Sweats to Suits: Bridging the Gap from Campus to Career is an informational and networking event March 13 for aspiring female professionals. As a pre-event kick-off, the planning committee hosted a Wear This…Not That fashion show in Kennedy Union Ballroom.

Instead of a typical fashion show of designer styles, Wear This…Not That centered around advising young women on how to dress in the workplace. Krebs gave useful tips, such as that it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, and if you have to think twice about it, don’t wear it.

“An evening work reception is not the same as a night out at Tim’s,” Krebs informed the group.

Following the fashion show was an activity. Three teams of three were given a rack of clothes, a mannequin and a business scenario. Five minutes later, the most suitably dressed mannequin won – giving my team bragging rights for the rest of the night.

Katie Ma, a junior business major, was a student on the Wear This…Not That planning committee. She was inspired after attending last year’s Sweats to Suits event. “It was empowering seeing young professionals straight from college give tips and tricks on pursuing a dream career,” she said.

Registration for Sweats to Suits 2012 is open on Hire a Flyer, but spaces will fill up quickly. Committee planner Lisa Rismiller said, “The speakers want to help the next generation that comes behind them, and that’s all of you.”

Click the image to see more photos from the event.

This model displayed an appropriate knee-length skirt and closed-toe shoes.With the flowers and ruffles incorporated in her shirt, this model proved personality can still shine when dressing modestly.All of the Wear This...Not That models gathered on stage at the end of the fashion show.Three teams competed in the mannequin challenge.The winning mannequin - author Meredith Hirt '13 far right.

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