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WHAT TO WEAR: A Career Fashion Event

A fashion show offering great ideas and tips on what to wear to interviews, everyday office wear and casual Fridays on any budget.

"What to Wear" on a Budget

By Christina Lawrence, Seneca Journalism Diploma Graduate

For many students, the first priority after graduating is to find a job in their field of study. While resumes and cover letters are important in securing an interview, it’s usually first impressions and a professional presentation that leaves a lasting impression with a potential employer. Seneca’s “What to Wear Career Fashion Event” aims to help students do just that by finding the perfect outfit – on a budget. The annual event, which was held at the Newnham Campus is still relatively new, having celebrated its fourth show last Wednesday. The organizers, Rachel Morris-Ohm, Acting Manager for Student Success and Ramona Garrett, Career Services Coordinator, made preparations for the show in two months. Their efforts were rewarded with seventy- two students in attendance. Being the early bird has its perks as the first fifty students were presented with a gift bag. The event was a little over an hour and consisted of networking, the fashion show, a question and answer period and awarding the door prize (from the Gap). Unlike traditional runway shows of models strutting down a catwalk, “What to Wear” opted for a more informal, conversational style. A power point presentation listed a breakdown of each outfit – brand and pricing, of which a model was styled. Brands featured included H&M, Hudson’s Bay, RW&CO and many others. The stylists would then share tips with the audience as six models posed in different professional and business casual looks. Tumpa Sarker, one of the models said the show was “such a good experience” and she learned that “dress, posture, small details make an impression.” Ruby Chen, another model echoed similar sentiments, as well as “to be more confident.” Other tips emphasized during the presentation included: wearing well fitted clothing, no perfumes, and considering your industry when choosing a look. The Seneca School of Fashion, student stylists and make-up artists as well as retail sponsors were the back bone to the show. Together with Career Services, they are continuing the Seneca Tradition of creating success; this time, one piece of clothing at a time.

Check out the fashion show photo gallery on Facebook.

Dress for Success

Who can apply for the Dress For Success bursary?

Domestic student currently paying student fees (excludes international students and Second Career students) who also meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Able to communicate in English
  • Actively seeking a job (and thus have appropriate work documents such as a resume and cover letter)

The suiting program

Dress for Success Toronto provides each woman with two complete interview-appropriate outfits and accessories before her job interview.

Dress Your Best provides men with one complete outfit and accessories ahead of interviews.

Once students have found work, they return for a second suiting.

  • Dress for Success Toronto provides each returning women with three more complete work-appropriate outfits and accessories.
  • Dress Your Best provides men with two more complete outfits and accessories.

Each appointment is approximately 1.5 hours. Their stylists work one-on-one with students in selecting a professional wardrobe that fits well and suits their individual style.

Clothing available through the Dress for Success program

  • Clothing in the boutique is gently used. The clothes are in excellent or mint condition.
  • Only accepts laundered and / or dry cleaned donations.
  • All clothing is checked upon donation for cleanliness, condition, and appropriateness for the business environment.