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DC’s Best Dressed Teaches Students to Dress for Success

Dressing for a job or interview can be a challenge for college students, especially the price tag of professional clothing.  “Presentation Counts,” a workshop sponsored by the Kogod Center for Career Development, recently provided helpful tips for students looking to gain a competitive edge in their professional careers.

CPA and Canadian-born fashion designer Ebong Eka, voted Best Dressed in DC 2007, hosted the Kogod event.  Eka’s unique perspective of the local business community enabled him to share wardrobe tips with over thirty students in attendance, unsure of appropriate workplace dress.

Eka’s fashion intelligence, which comes from owning a boutique line Mi Chiamo Eka, helped students recognize what materials last longer, how much you should really pay for a suit, accessories fitting for the office, and what colors say about your professional image.  Students were quick to jump in with their thoughts on these topics, including appropriate and inappropriate dress they had observed from internships. “It was fascinating to see how students were involved throughout the presentation,” said Kogod Sophomore Aysel Sharifova. “I am sure students walked away feeling confident about how to dress in a professional setting according to quality, fit, and style, and how to optimize their look given their particular frame and taste.”

Eka used two American University student models to demonstrate his points.  The models were dressed in tailored suits from Macy’s, proving that professional dress can be purchased at a reasonable price.  At the conclusion of the workshop, each participant was provided a “cheat sheet” with additional tips to help students build their professional wardrobe.