Clothes make the successful employee at fashion show - Metro US

Clothes make the successful employee at fashion show

Dressing for success has more meaning than simply the clothes one wears.

Dress for Success Halifax is presenting Turbines Spring 2010 fashion show on Sunday afternoon as part of its annual celebration titled The Tea Party.

The non-profit organization with chapters across the world provides suits and support for under-privileged women in HRM who need help becoming financially independent, self-sufficient and successful in their careers.

Event chair Faith Drinnan said it made sense to tie its annual event with Atlantic Canada’s Fashion Week, which opened Wednesday and ends on Sunday.

“We’re talking about clothes and how they make you feel and give you confidence,” she said. “That’s how it ties into fashion.”

Dress for Success Halifax services over 200 women a year after being referred by organizations such as The United Way.

“These women have made a conscious decision that they want to change their life and they want to become self-sufficient,” Drinnan said.

“When we can give a woman a suit who can’t afford one to get one for her interview, she will go into that interview feeling good about herself and feeling confident and it will help her get the job.”

The Tea Party fundraiser runs from noon to 4 p.m., with two, 25-minute fashion shows beginning at 1:40 and 2:35 p.m. respectively. All funds raised go directly to Dress for Success Halifax, which has helped over 900 women get into the workforce.

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