Dress for Success

Moderator:

Lien Yeung – Weather and Community Host, CBC News Vancouver Saturday and CBC News Vancouver Sunday, UBC Masters in Journalism candidate

Panelists:

Steven Schelling – Editor, Writer, Media Consultant, Stylist at THEY Rep, Fabulist

Catherine Dunwoody – Freelance Writer/Editor, Stylist, Producer, Event MC/Host, Broadcaster

JJ Lee, MArch’01 – Writer, Media Specialist

  1. Pay attention to the basics if you want to look put-together. Learn how to tie your own tie. Keep your shoes polished and in good repair. Retire jeans from your business casual rotation as soon as they show any signs of wear and tear.
  2. A good tailor is your best friend. They can often improve the fit of your clothes, but they can also upgrade details such as buttons to make an inexpensive article of clothing look like a high-end garment.
  3. Know your audience. In an interview situation, try to figure out what the corporate culture and dress code is beforehand. In the workplace, don’t take your style cues from your colleagues; use your superiors’ dress as a guide. If you work in a creative field, clients will expect to see creativity and personality in your wardrobe.
  4. Let movement be your guide. When you try clothes on, move in them. If you’re wearing a suit, you want your movement to feel smooth and unencumbered. If you bought a new outfit for an interview, give it a trial run beforehand. There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable when you’re already nervous and trying to make a good impression.
  5. Keep the essentials in your closet at all times. Every man should have a mid-weight navy or grey two-button, single-breasted suit, as well as a pea coat. Every woman should have a stylish trench coat and a navy or grey suit. Men can dress up a business casual outfit with an unstructured jacket (a blazer or sports jacket), while women can use a jacket or a cardigan.
  6. Don’t get caught up in a look. Mix it up a little. You don’t want to fall into the “green sweater day” trap where you wear the same outfit on the same day every week. Think of your pieces of clothing as elements that can be used to create stylish new outfits every week.

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