The BRIDGE Society hosted the “Dress to the Nines for Under $99” fashion show on Wednesday, April 3rd. Held in the Dougherty East Lounge, all the money raised was given to the Billy Zimmerman Scholarship Fund at Seton Hall Prep in memory of the Villanova student’s recent passing.
The purpose of the fashion show was to show Villanova students how to put together professional outfits on a college budget. Male and female models each walked the runway twice, first flaunting what TO wear, then showing what NOT to wear to an interview.
Here is a recap of the tips shared.
- Cover up! No cleavage and show minimal skin.
- Invest in a great pair of black slacks. They can be dressed up or dressed down.
- Try a pop of color, a print, or an accessory- but only one! You don’t want to distract your potential employer with a bright print, so pick the bright color OR the print.
- Keep your jewelry simple. You want them looking at you, not your chunky necklace.
- Wear that LBD (Little Black Dress), but only if it’s not too tight and not too short. Be sure to class it up with a pair of textured tights or a blazer.
- Never ever have your bra straps showing. Invest in a Strap Perfect for those tricky tops.
- You can never go wrong with a great blazer or sport coat.
- Play to your personality with a colored shirt or cool tie. Statement pieces can make a lasting impression.
- Save the patterned shirts and pants for the summer. Striped pants or Hawaiian button-ups are never acceptable for an interview.
- Looks can kill, and so can shoes! While Villanova men love their Sperry’s, trade them for loafers when meeting a potential employer.
The fashion show was successful in giving students some ideas of what is appropriate and what is not. Several members of the audience won raffle prizes donated by local businesses like Maloney’s, Gullifity’s, and Skirt and yummy refreshments were provided, making for a great event!