2020 Dressing Well Calendar

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Throughout 2020

We continue our partnership with Boston-based Bates Communications to bring our executive image message to their highly successful Communication and Leadership Open Enrollment programs. We will be presenting at the following Bates programs in 2020:

  • 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.

(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 view program dates (March and October programs are scheduled in 2020), sign up and learn more. These programs are also available to bring in-house. Contact Sean Costa (scosta@bates-communications.com) to learn more.

January

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Our First Blog Article of the New Year is Now Posted

Every new decade brings the promise of fashion trends that become part of the fabric of our times, impacting how generations are defined and years are marked. The roaring 20s brought us flappers, the 60s flower power and boho chic, the 80s power suiting (including very big shoulder pads!) and the 90s the beginning of business casual dress codes that are now standard throughout every imaginable industry.

While it will be a while before we know exactly what the 2020s will stand for from a fashion perspective, our first blog of the new year, 5 Fresh Trends to Start the New Decade in Style, provides five fresh trends we know work now. Enjoy!

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First Karma Saturday of 2020 at the Needham Community Council

The Karma of Clothing Project is a partnership between The Dressing Well Charitable Foundation and The Needham Community Council that leverages the Council's well established retail thrift store by opening its already generous and welcoming doors to a new group of people in need who have been referred into this special program by a social services agency. Held on the first Saturday of each month, participants are paired with volunteer personal stylists trained by the program to help select gently used, high quality clothing and accessories suitable for their lifestyle, profession and interviewing. Participants are also given a gift certificate made possible by our Foundation to purchase what they need. Long considered one Needham's best destinations for affordable shopping, The Council Thrift Store is also a significant source of revenue for Council programs, including its food pantry, ESL tutoring serves, medical equipment loans, transportation assistance and general outreach to people in need throughout our home town of Needham. In addition to program participants benefiting from the "karma" generated by our donors and the many people who donate clothes to the Council, the Council also receives direct funding for its programs via our gift certificates creating a true circle of giving that has an impact much greater than just for those receiving the clothes. Follow this link to read the inspiring story behind The Karma of Clothing Project. We also welcome donations for this special program. Donate through our Foundation. Thank you.

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February

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16th 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 March 25th. 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 600 girls participated in Boutique Day. 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 kickoff the 2018 Belle of the Ball Dress Drive with the Needham Community Channel. (Click photo to view video on YouTube.)

April

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Happy Anniversary to our Foundation!

DWfoundation logoTo celebrate the 25th anniversary of our firm on April 1st in 2017, 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 this initiative and the charities we are supporting. 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.

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16th Annual Belle of The Ball at the Hynes Convention Center

We are beyond proud to be one of the original sponsors of Anton's Cleaners Belle of the Ball. What started in the gym at Simmons College in 2014 serving just a handful of students has grown into a sophisticated day of dreams come true at the Hynes Convention Center. In addition to Anton's, Jordan's Furniture and Enterprise Bank have joined the cause as lead sponsors, using their respective stores, branches and collective marketing power to collect the dresses each year, inspire their employees to get involved as well as underwrite the day of experience for over 600 deserving young women annually. We continue to oversee the Dressing Well Style station, supporting the 100-plus volunteer personal shoppers on hand every year. It is an amazing day filled with smiles, hugs and empowerment. Kudos to our dear friends at Anton's – you really created something special and we are thrilled to continue our support of this amazing event!

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May

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2nd Annual Karma of Clothing Project Mother's Day Celebration

With an abundance of generosity, love, and kindness, members of our Karma of Clothing community (a collaboration between our Foundation and the Needham Community Council) were treated to a special Mother's Day Celebration last year that included shopping in our Karma closet, make-up guidance with expert make-up artist Tracilee Messina and time with Janine Gerade – a representative from Color Street Nails who was on site to apply nail "stickers" to all in attendance. Sponsored by Needham Bank, the event allowed each woman to share her journey with others in a safe and nurturing environment while being pampered and celebrated as the devoted moms and caretakers they all are. Big shout out to Karma volunteer Linda Farley and colleague Delisa Joseph (both executives at Needham Bank) for making it all happen. The gift bags containing personal care items that your employees put together for our group were stunning and so greatly appreciated. We are thrilled to be repeating this fun and worthwhile event!

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Past Events We'd Still Like to Share!

American Marketing Association Podcast

Mary Lou Andre sits down with American Marketing Association Boston Chapter President-elect Meghan McGrath to talk about how she started her business (selling her wedding dress for the seed money!) and also shares tips on how to use your professional image as a tool of communication and influence. Listen to the podcast here.

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How to Win at Winter when You Hate Winter

Mary Lou Andre's 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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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.

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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!

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