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Looking Like $10 Million

For the lucky 7th Carnivale of Couture, I am Fashion has declared us all lottery winners -- and then sent us shopping. 

Before indulging, however, my first impulse is to give a bit back to a good cause.  For last week's Carnivale, I shared a few musings on socially mandated copying in the form of the de facto business uniform.  For many low income women hoping to enter the workplace, however, an appropriate interview suit seems as unattainable as the job itself.  Enter Dress for Success, an organization that helps women secure and retain jobs -- by making sure they have the right clothes in which to do it. 

Does imitating the "right" look matter that much?  Well, it worked for Melanie Griffith in Working Girl (1988).  Instead of letting her boss (Sigourney Weaver) steal her ideas, she transformed herself into the boss, from hair to accent to power suit.  Best line?  "If you want to get ahead in business, you've got to have serious hair." 

Melanie Griffith in Working Girl

Melanie Griffith BEFORE (left) and AFTER.

What about personal expression?  Should women, or men for that matter, have to conform to succeed?  Well, in an ideal world -- or within limits, or after hours, or after you've gotten the job -- creativity rules.  In the meantime, Dress for Success is giving its clients a valuable gift.

P.S.  Lest this post sound a bit "goody-two-shoes," let me assure you that were I to win the lottery, I would never limit my shopping to just two shoes -- but sharing the wealth never hurts.  Here endeth the lesson.  Let the shopping begin!