Society of Women Engineers bring style to Lyle

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SWE members, Hebah Jaffery, Marissa Dusek, and Julia Turpin, explain how to dress in the professional world. Photo credit: Madison Plott

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), SMU chapter, hosted their second annual fashion show Oct. 11, showcasing looks that are appropriate but can still have personality in the workforce.

In a conference room lined with balloons and streamers SWE board members took initiative to teach other engineering students how to appropriately dress for job interviews and casual business days. Attendees enjoyed event perks such as sweets from Susie Cakes, refreshments and goodie bags with makeup, jewelry and candy. Two lucky audience members were awarded $25 Nordstrom gift cards to help kick start their professional wardrobe.

The show included two hosts and 10 student models. SMU sophomore and co-event coordinator Hebah Jaffery organized the fashion show to teach students about professional wear and the tricks women should have up their sleeves. From removing lint off of a jacket, to checking the appropriate length of a skirt, she pretty much covered it all.

“There are a lot of little things people don’t think about,” Jaffery said. “I’m happy we have an event like this to cover all of the small details.”

The fashion show also taught students how to shop for professional wear on a budget, how to style hair, do makeup, but most importantly, how to do this all while staying true to oneself.

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Hebah Jaffery, SWE Assistant Special Events Chair Photo credit: Shelby Stanfield

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Sunjoli Aggarwal, SWE Website Chair Photo credit: Shelby Stanfield

SMU junior and SWE Vice President of external affairs Marissa Dusek noted it’s important to know how to dress for every situation. She said there are clothing variations within different work fields and women should understand each of them. She believes this is important in order to break down the stereotype that female engineers are too masculine.

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SWE (Left to Right) Hebah Jaffery, Marissa Dusek, Julia Turpin, Annie Fishback, Haley Hannenberg, Natalie Jacks, Sunjoli Aggarwal Photo credit: Shelby Stanfield

“As female engineers, we tend to be targeted,” Dusek said. “But we host this event so employers can see the power of our brains rather than the distraction of our outfits.”

Treasurer Natalie Jacks said she attended the event last year and came back to participate this year as a model because she learned so much. She said the event was extremely helpful when attending interviews and career fairs.

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