Time to Step It Up
As they get closer to graduation, there are many changes that students will have to face. Although it may not be the most important change, transitioning their wardrobe from yoga clothes, shorts, t-shirts, sweats and sneakers to dresses, suits, ties, heals and button-up shirts can be a bit of a challenge. 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. 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, Dillard’s, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, and Kohls. And of course, do not rule out some of the discount department stores including TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross. One store that I always have luck with is Ann Taylor Loft. While Ann Taylor has higher prices, The Loft quality is just as good, plus they often have huge sales.
As the shopping begins, keep in mind the following stores that provide discounts to students.
Ann Taylor – 15% off full-priced items in-store by presenting student ID at checkout
The Loft – 15% off full-priced items in-store by presenting student ID at checkout
Necessary Clothing – Students can get a 20% discount on all online purchases of $100 more.
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.
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.
Lulus.com – students get 15% off when they join with their college email (or through Unidays)
Another suggestion is to sign up online and download the Unidays. Once your student signs up, it allows them to easily find out which of their favorite brands or stores offer student discounts.