2018 Dressing Well Calendar

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Throughout 2018

2018 marks the 5th year that we have formally partnered with Boston-based Bates Communications to bring our executive image message to their highly successful Communication and Leadership Open Enrollment programs. We are proud to be continuing this successful partnership and will be presenting at the following Bates programs in 2018:

  • Speak Like a CEO – learn to deliver exceptional formal and informal presentations that “wow” your audiences and motivate people to act.
  • Executive Presence Mastery Program – project executive presence and build leadership influence by amplifying your unique character, substance and style.
  • Executive Presence for Women Leaders – exclusively for women leaders who want to hone their ability to influence others and mobilize people to act.

(Note: Both Executive Presence programs include the Bates ExPI assessment -- the first and only research-based, scientifically validated assessment to measure executive presence. Leaders attending these two programs work with a Bates coach to complete the assessment prior to attending the programs.)

Visit the Bates Communications website to sign up and learn more.



How to Win at Winter when You Hate Winter

Mary Lou Andres’ tips for building a cold weather wardrobe are included in today’s New York Times: How to Win at Winter when You Hate Winter.

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14th Annual Belle of the Ball Dress Collection Kickoff

Please drop off your good quality, trendy prom dresses to one of Anton's Cleaners 42 locations, all Jordan's Furniture stores or any Enterprise Bank branch office today through April 4th. Belle of the Ball distributes cleaned prom dresses at no charge to high school junior and senior girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their school's prom. Unlike other prom gown collection drives, this program culminates with a day-long boutique where deserving girls are invited for a day of personal shopping and pampering. Last year, over 400 girls participated in Boutique Day. (To view highlights from Boutique Day, click here.) We need your help to ensure Belle of the Ball is a success again this year. Thank you!

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Mary Lou Andre and Arthur Anton collect dresses at Anton's Cleaners Needham, MA store.


Happy Valentine's Day!

Dressing Well gift certificates are perfect for both men and women who would enjoy expert help shopping in their closets and at the mall. Follow this link to review our most popular packages. Our gift certificates can be sent electronically and downloaded easily for your convenience. They beat chocolate every time! Check out our fun Valentine's Day blog post by Dressing Well stylist Kathy Smith.



Happy Anniversary to our Foundation!

DWfoundation logoTo celebrate the 25th anniversary of our firm last year, we launched The Dressing Well Charitable Foundation. Our Foundation provides monetary support to other 501(c)(3) organizations, especially those that offer clothing, career support and social services to women, men and children while encouraging self-sufficiency.  Please visit the Fashionable Giving section of our website to learn more about our long standing relationship with several prominent non-profits and why we support them year in and year out. While we will continue to donate our time and talent to the charities we love, our Foundation allows us to increase the financial support they also need to thrive. We greatly appreciate your generous donations (100% which are tax-deductible) to help further the good work of these outstanding organizations. Thank you.


14th Annual Belle of the Ball

Dressing Well Stylist Sarah Zengo and client Carey Heath help the over 500 girls who participated in last year's Belle of the Ball at Simmons College in Boston. Dresses, shoes, jewelry and smiles were in abundance! Hats off to lead sponsor Anton's Cleaners. They truly know how to make dreams come true. Check out this clip on Fox 25 Boston that gives a great overview of the event (including an interview with Mary Lou Andre about why Dressing Well sponsors the event each year.) We look forward to another successful day this year! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Stephanie Littlefield at stephanie@antons.com and ask her to put you on our team!

Follow this link for a photo gallery of dresses from the 2016 event!


Past Events We'd Still Like to Share!

Dressing Well Flashback: Fall 2017

We were pleased to support "Fashion Plates: A Fashion Show and Luncheon" to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter last October. Our support pays tribute to the spirit of Karen Van Houten. From 2001-2003, Mary Lou Andre and Karen, along with Eleanor Uddo, co-chaired a similar fashion event for the MS Society, raising over $200,000 during this three year commitment. We salute Karen for inspiring us then and now. To learn more about Fashion Plates, please visit the Fashion Plates Facebook page. We are thrilled to once again be supporting the good work of the MS Society, this time through the mission of our new Foundation.

At right, Dressing Well Original Committee Members (pictured with Karen Van Houten from left to right); Jane McGrath, Mary Beth McIntyre, Eleanor Uddo, Mary Lou Andre, Allyson Kennedy Gay, Marge Van Houten, Arlyn White, Suzanne Bates and Adrienne Marani. Absent from photo: Janis Daly, Sally Driscoll and Jodi Nelson, who were preparing to model in the final fashion show that concluded the committee's three-year commitment to help end MS.

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25 Years of Dressing Well in the Boston Globe

Mary Lou Andre is featured in the Business Plan column of the Boston Sunday Globe. "The power of being appropriately dressed" highlights her 25 years in business while sharing 5 of her business building insights that have never gone out of style.


Dressing Well in The Patriot Ledger

Mary Lou Andre offers professional image tips for job seekers while helping childhood friend Lisa Duncan get ready for a new job search. Click here to view the article and over two dozen photos (including some that feature male fashion) that accompany the piece. Special thanks to reporter Dana Barbuto and photographer Greg Derr for capturing the advice just right!


Boston Voyager Magazine Profiles Mary Lou Andre’s Entrepreneurial Journey

Meet Mary Lou Andre of Dressing Well in Needham


4th Annual Needham Community Council Fashion Show

For the 4th year in a row, we participated in the annual Needham Community Council Fashion Show, featuring clothing and accessories that are available at the Council Thrift Shop. This show is a benefit for the Council CAP Program (Child Assault Prevention) and the Needham DVAC (Domestic Violence Action Committee).

View a photo album of this year's show or check out this video to see dozens of volunteer models strutting their stuff in spring attire while also learning why the show is one of our favorite rites of spring.