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Want To Be A Success? Look Professional.
As they get closer to graduation, one of the greatest changes our students are about to experience is abandoning their shorts, t-shirts and yoga pants, as they begin to dress for success in their new roles, or as my older daughter stated, for adulting. Dressing for success can be daunting in different ways, but the one that stands out most may very well be its cost.
Starting with the career and internship fairs students are attending, students need to look professional. For the young men, this may mean a suit and tie and for the young women, while they have more options, it may mean a suit, pantsuit, skirt, and blouse or dress. Not to mention proper shoes. For students who may not have the means to go and purchase a new outfit, FAU has the OWL Professional Clothes Closet, a lending service where students can take up to four items per semester or rent clothing. It is open to all FAU students with a valid FAU Student ID Card. Students must meet all requirements in order to be eligible. It is a donation-driven service so not all sizes and types of items may be available. Don’t rule out the local thrift stores– read our blog for information.
Students need to research the companies they will be interviewing with and eventually working for. Some companies are very conservative in their dress policies and require business attire, while others are more business casual. Trends change, but the basics still require that their look should be polished. Most department stores will have suit(able) options. You can check Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dillards, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, and Kohls. And of course, do not rule out some of the discount department stores including TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross.
As they begin to upgrade their success wardrobe, they will be happy to know the following stores provide discounts to students.
Club Monaco – Show your student ID to save 15% to 20% at the store.
Express – Students can get a 15% discount
J. Crew – Show college student ID for 15% off all full-priced items.
Kate Spade – According to student reports, students get a 15% discount with a student ID.
Lulus.com – students get 10% off when they join with their college email (or through Unidays)
Madewell – Students can get 15% off by showing their ID.
Medelita – Lab coats, scrubs, clogs, at a discount of 25% off or more for students.
Necessary Clothing – Students can get a 20% discount on all online purchases of $100 more.
The Limited – 15% off every in-store purchase.
TopShop – Get 10% off online and in-store.
Union Bay – get 15% off when you click the link and use code STUDENT. They also have uniforms and work pants
Another suggestion is to sign up online and download the Unidays. Once your student is verified, it allows them to easily find out which of their favorite brands or stores offer student discounts.
Finally, check out the Thrift Stores/Secondhand stores. From dresses to skirts, blouses and even jewelry, this is another affordable way to find suitable outfits for interviewing.
Welcome to adulting.