FSO to host ‘Dress for Success’ night Thursday

Lauren Carll

Gently used suits, blouses, pants, skirts, blazers, shoes, jewelry and purses will soon benefit disadvantaged women in Cleveland’s Dress for Success organization.

The Fashion Student Organization is hosting “Dress for Success and Etiquette” from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday in room 117 of the Business Administration Building. The event is part of the College of Business’ “Spring into Success” Week.

During the hour, FSO will put on a business fashion show, have fashion professor William Perrine talk about proper business etiquette and attire, and take clothing donations.

Sarah Pipps, a sophomore fashion design major and FSO secretary, said FSO decided to name the event after the organization because it showcases appropriate business attire and also gives students an opportunity to donate clothes to a good cause.

“Last year, we only hosted the clothing drive for Dress for Success,” Pipps said. “But this year, they (the College of Business) wanted us to be a part of the whole week.”

FSO historian Morgan McMurrin, a sophomore fashion merchandising major, said she is excited to hear Perrine’s etiquette speech because she thinks it will be informative and helpful for students’ business encounters in the future.

“We asked him to come speak at the program to talk about his experiences in the workforce and how clothing affects your chances of getting a job,” McMurrin said. “We are then going to open it up for a question-and-answer time at the end.”

Pipps said she hopes male and female students of all majors attend the event.

“I’m sure girls will attend, but I hope that guys attend, too” she said. “Since this week is put on by the business school, I’m assuming guys will be around. This night isn’t just for fashion majors, though. It’s for all students in all majors.”

“Dress for Success and Etiquette” is free of charge for all students.

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