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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Dressing appropriately for the workplace got a little bit spicier Sunday night.

UF's Hispanic Student Association held their first Dress for Success Business Fashion Show in the Reitz Union's Rion Ballroom.

The event aimed to teach attendees how to dress in a business setting through a presentation and an upbeat runway fashion show.

Anide Harrigan, Career Resource Center representative, and Kathy Valle, HSA President, gave the presentation.

The themes of the presentations were keeping business outfits conservative and professional while avoiding tacky mismatching and fads.

Clothes in the runway show, as well as door prizes for some attendees, were all provided by the Belk department store in The Oaks Mall. Karina Alegria, director of the event, selected the ensembles.

"It's basic professional attire," said Alegria, a UF finance junior and Career Development Director for HSA. "I just used my judgment."

There were separate runway shows for business-casual attire and business-professional attire. Both shows featured loud hip-hop and dance music to pump the crowd up as sets of male and female models boogied down the runway.

As each set of models came into view, a Power Point slide projected above the stage introduced the models. Also listed were the designers of their outfits and how much the ensembles could be purchased for at Belk.

The models for the show were mostly members of various HSA umbrella organizations such as the Venezuelan Student Association.

Alegria said HSA and all of its umbrella organizations rarely get the chance to collaborate on an event together.

"This was like killing two birds with one stone, and that was the goal," she said.

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After the show, Alegria said she thought it was a success.

"Everything ran smoothly," she said. "I think it was a good turnout considering the fact that it's a Sunday."

Sylvester Lionel, a UF sophomore, said he learned a lot and had fun.

"The cultural experience was incredible," Lionel said. "And I learned a lot about business etiquette."

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