Fashion Show is a Hit
Several BYU law students donned professional wear from Dillard’s to strut the mini-catwalk at the Dress for Success fashion show on Thursday, September 27. Together with fashion professionals from Dillard’s, they modeled clothing suitable for a lawyer’s closet, whether for the interview, courtroom, cocktail party or barbecue.
Everything a lawyer wears—especially to an interview or in a courtroom—should be conservative and definitely not flashy, stressed Jesse Belnap, Men’s Department Manager at Dillard’s, and Jen Katter, Women’s Department Manager. “You only have 30 seconds to make a first impression,” they said.
A suit is an investment, Belnap and Katter emphasized. It is far better to have a few high quality suits than many low quality ones. And always, always get it altered to fit you right. Although pantsuits are often acceptable for women on the job, women should always wear a skirt to an interview as well as to court.
At a cocktail party it is acceptable to add a little more fashion to an outfit, but not too much. It should still be conservative. The most casual a lawyer will ever dress is at a company barbecue, but not so casual as to wear sandals or sports shoes. Although jeans are appropriate, they should be reasonable and look nice.
The boss, co-workers and potential clients will all be in attendance at both a cocktail party and a barbecue, so it is important to dress accordingly.
In many cases it is appropriate to personalize style choices after being hired. As far as interview and courtroom attire goes, a good general rule to bear in mind when choosing clothes is, “You want them to remember you and not your clothes.”
First-year law student Elizabeth Oberan shared what she learned at the fashion show. “There were a lot of good tips about what to wear in different situations,” she said. “And when you follow the rules of how to dress appropriately, you feel more confident.”
Students Tiffany Siddoway and Mike Manookin each won a basket of Dillard’s products through a drawing. Everyone in attendance received a free tie and a gift certificate for 25 percent off business wardrobe apparel at Dillard’s.
Posted:October 01, 2012