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Banana Republic hosts “Dress of Success” workshop

Rebecca Lopez

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Pacific and Banana Republic are teaming up to dress students and alumni for success.

Alumni Relations is holding a Dress for Success workshop at Banana Republic at the Streets of Tanasbourne on March 10 at 6 p.m. The workshop will be a two-part event, allowing students to network with alumni and also featuring a fashion show with tips for appropriate interview attire.

In the past, the Dress for Success workshop was hosted on campus by the Career Development Center and was originally designed primarily for students.

However, Associate Director of Alumni Relations Kari Christensen said they are now trying to make events like these foster more integration between alumni and current students.

Christensen said events like these give students the chance to talk with alumni about life after graduation.

“Alumni more than anything want to connect with students and share their experience,” she said.

This is also the first time the workshop will take place off campus and at a retail store. Six Pacific students will model the outfits put together by Banana Republic. There will be a casual, semiformal and formal outfit for both men and women.

There will be three types of outfits for men and women because different professions require different degrees of professional attire. For example, Christensen said a person applying for medical school would be expected to dress more formal than someone interviewing to be a kindergarten teacher.

Christensen said there will be extra sales associates working during the workshop to help answer any style questions alumni or students may have and to talk about common styling mistakes.

According to Christensen, the workshop does not encourage its attendees to buy a new outfit from head to toe but to learn to work with what you may already have in your closet and adding one or two nice pieces to make your look more professional.

Students will receive a 15 percent discount off their purchases during the workshop.

Any interested students should register through the Office of Alumni Relations by March 7.

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