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'Dress for Success' promotes female sustainability

SPRINGFIELD Making a good first impression is a huge contributing factor to landing a job. In fact, one's appearance is an essential determinant in making a favorable influence during a job interview., an international job search portal, echoes this sentiment in its recently printed article that noted: "Not only is your experience and personality sized up, but also your appearance.the purpose of your clothing is to project an image of professionalism."

"We know how important a job interview is; that is why we partnered with our local Dress for Success affiliate to help disadvantaged women make that first impressions a good one," said Ann Marie Dimartini, district manager for Dressbarn in Springfield. During Dress for Success's Send One Suit Week March 30-April 5, Dressbarn stores across the country will collect clothing from customers and donate them to underprivileged women in the local community seeking career development support through Dress for Success.

Dress for Success's mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The nonprofit organization solves the problem confronting women trying to enter the workforce: without a job, how can you afford a suit? But, without a suit, how can you get a job? The company encourages local residents to donate one new or nearly new business suit to help another woman enter the workforce.

"We didn't hesitate when given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women right here in the community where we do our business," Dimartini added. "This is a great opportunity for our customers and associates, too. We want everyone to realize that when they make a donation, they are giving another woman the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a professional first impression and land a job that could change her life.

"This partnership was a perfect fit because we offer clothing and accessories for women who want to make a sophisticated fashion statement."

With options for career, casual and special occasions, Dressbarn in Springfield groups together looks to make it easier for the customer to shop and purchase head-to-toe outfits, while continuing to offer personalized service and high quality fashionable apparel at an affordable price, Dimartini said. The local store strives to create a shopping experience that is affordable while making women in the Springfield area feel special and beautiful, inside and out.

"In fact, Dressbarn has evolved to become a leader in women's speciality fashion and dramatically changed its offerings over the last several years," Dimartini added. "This transformation attracts a more sophisticated customer through a more sophisticated Dressbarn, with a wide variety of clothes and accessories to fit all lifestyles."

Local residents are being asked to donate new or gently-used suits and other professional apparel to Dressbarn in Springfield or any other Dressbarn location during Send One Suit Week, March 30-April 5. Each customer that donates during this week will receive a coupon from Dressbarn for 15 percent off their total purchase.

For more information, contact Dimartini at 782-0555, or visit