By Alfonso Villegas
The Latino Business Student Association celebrated Cinco de Mayo
LBSA organized a very lively fashion show accommodated with
food, beverages and even prizes provided by DJ Super Estrella, who
kept the atmosphere fun and upbeat.
The fashion show’s purpose was not only to demonstrate what was
appropriate attire in the corporate world, but highlight
inappropriate attire as well.
“I think that sometimes it can be particularly difficult for
both men and women to distinguish what is right from wrong,” said
Brynn Esparza, vice president of external affairs for LBSA. “Men,
for example, can often forget to use professional business socks
and think it is okay to use white socks. No, it is not okay. Your
pants will raise gentlemen.”
The fashion show also gave the audience a chance to participate
and point out the fashion flaws that the models were displaying
such as T-shirts, jeans and sneakers.
Excessive jewelry, wrinkled clothes and short skirts or dresses
were additional examples of LBSA’s fashion faux pas.
The show was broken down into three major categories;
professional business, business casual and evening attire. The
professional aspect of the show covered the essentials in attire
when attending a job interview.
“We often hold mock interviews amongst ourselves, and always
enforce the same rules on their clothing as we would anyone in the
professional world,” said Esparza.
“Our mission in LBSA has always been ’empowering tomorrow’s
leaders today,’ so this fashion show was not only good practice
for us, but also gave us a chance to share with our peers the
basics in professional dress.”
The show also made a note of the business casual aspect of dress
and how it is still a fundamental part in the professional
Once a person gets the job, he or she still must maintain a
level of professionalism in their dress.
Although these rules may not be as rigid as the ones for an
interview, they must still be taken seriously for it is easy for
both men and women to stray from what is adequate business
The show also included an evening attire section for when a
business dinner or banquet should arise.
This aspect of dress has always been a big issue with young
ladies in the professional world. The fashion show demonstrated
that one does not have to sacrifice an attractive look to achieve
an outfit that is business professional.
“The fashion show I felt went really well, and we were able to
have a lot of fun with it,” said Maria Romero, an LBSA member.
“The fashion show was also a good transition to the
LBSA also planned a fundraiser after their fashion show. The
members who had participated in the show were then auctioned off to
the highest bidder.
Since all were already in their finest clothes, the auction was
“We made just over $200,” said Esparza.
LBSA’s goal of educating and empowering the campus community
with what to expect in their growing professional life is something
that will never go out of style.
Reach Alfonso Villegas at email@example.com
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