Dress For Success Sonoma-style
Sonoma High senior Brianna Garcia gets help in choosing a suit from My Girlfriend’s Closet owner Fran Meininger.
Fran Meininger, owner of “My Girlfriend’s Closet,” a fashion consignment clothing store on First Street West, shared her expertise about job interview and work attire with teens on March 3. Meininger’s workshop is part of Sonoma Valley Teen Services “Skills for Life” program that helps teens prepare for their future.
“Clothes should showcase your personality, style and intelligence in a job or sales interview situation,” said Meininger. “Your appearance makes an impression, and clothes should not distract from your smile and conversation.”
Meininger showed the teens several mannequins that were dressed to reflect appropriate job interview outfits for various businesses. “The employer looks at you as a prospective company representative, so find out before the interview how people dress in the businesses where you seek to work,” Meininger said.
The teens browsed through the store and tried on blouses, skirts, suits and shoes that reflected their personalities and styles, as well as being appropriate for their chosen fields of work. Jewelry added to the finished look that gave them a feeling of confidence and professionalism.
The participating students said that they learned how to look for outfits that complement their skin tone and body type. “We had fun mixing and matching clothes and left the shop with purchases that made us feel comfortable and prepared for an interview,” said Sonoma Valley High senior Briana Garcia.
Meininger consults with teens who seek help in choosing affordable and attractive clothes to wear for many occasions. She can be contacted at 933-3050.
For questions and information about “Skills for Life” classes, email classes@Svteens.org or call 939-1452 or visit www.svteens.org.