Time to look the part!
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 put 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. That’s not to mention shoes. For students who may not have the means to go and purchase a new outfit, UF has the Gator Career Closet, a lending service where students can borrow professional clothes and accessories for a one week period of time. It is open to all UF students with their Gator 1 card. It is a donation-driven service so not all sizes and types of items may be available.
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 of course, do not rule out some of the discount department stores including TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross.
As they begin to upgrade their wardrobe, they will be happy to know the following stores provide discounts to students.
Necessary Clothing – Students can get a 20% discount on all online purchases of $100 more.
J. Crew – Show college student ID for 15% off all full priced items.
TopShop – Get 10% off online and in store.
Banana Republic – Take 15% off a full-priced purchase with your valid student ID.
Charlotte Russe – Students can get 10% off all merchandise at participating locations.
The Limited – 15% off every in-store purchase.
Club Monaco – Show your student ID to save 15% to 20% at the store.
Madewell – Students can get 15% off by showing their ID.
Express – Students can get a 15% discount
Kate Spade – According to student reports, students get a 15% discount with a student ID.
And for those going on to study in the health sciences; this should help:
Medelita – Lab coats, scrubs, clogs, at a discount of 25% off or more for students.
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.