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NMSU holds first professional wear fashion show

“I think learning how to dress professionally is important regardless of where they’re at in their college track.”
Leah De La Torre
All models showcased clothing from NMSU’s Career Closet during Thursday’s Professional Wear Fashion Show on Sept. 14, 2023.

 New Mexico State University students practiced their modeling skills in professional clothing on Thursday, September 14 in Corbett Center Student Union. 

The 16 students volunteered to be part of NMSU’s first-ever Professional Wear Fashion Show, hosted by the Office of Experiential Learning. Including a raffle and free snacks, the event aimed to show NMSU students what to wear – and what not to wear – in a professional setting.  

“I think it’s important because we do have students who are unaware of how professional dress wear should go in regard to fashion,” said Audria Lujan, coordinator of the OEL. “So, it’s just preparing them so that when they are doing internships and jobs, they’re prepared on how to dress.” 

The show opened with a video demonstrating what not to wear or bring to a career environment, followed by a live version. The student models appeared in Hawaiian shirts, t-shirts and jeans, etc. as an example of what not to do. The models then walked the stage in professional outfits they had chosen for themselves. 

“I kind of think of professional wear as looking stuffy and like an old librarian,” said Ignacio Alvarado, a graduate assistant with the OEL. “Kind of like a penguin, you know; that black and white, no personality and style.” 

“But when you look around you see you can have style when it comes to professional wear; you don’t have to lose part of yourself just because you graduate and have a full-time job. You can still be yourself and show off who you are in terms of like your cultural identity, gender identity, any of that.”

The Office of Experiential Learning staff posing for a group picture on Sept. 14, 2023. The staff is listed from left to right: Trish Leyba, Ignacio Alvarez, Marci Salinas, Daniel Montoya, and Audria Lujan. (Leah De La Torre)

As host of the fashion show, Alvarado wore clothes he picked out from NMSU’s Career Closet along with the show models. Full of donated professional clothing for students to wear, the Career Closet has several locations across campus, with one in Corbett Center, another in Gerald Thomas, and the last in Garcia Center.  

“It’s a very useful resource,” said Cameren Valenzuela, one of the models. “I think having free professional clothing is way better than having to go buy it somewhere else like Dillard’s or any of the big-name brands when you could just get it here for free.” 

While all of the models wore clothes chosen from the Career Closet, Marci Salinas, who oversees the closet, said that the OEL is still trying to spread the word that the clothing is available to all students.  

Model Cameren Valenzuela leans down to pose during The Professional Wear Fashion Show on Sept. 14, 2023. (Leah De La Torre)

“We thought this was a perfect opportunity with the upcoming Career Expo to let students know that there are free resources for them, like the professional dress clothing if they’re not able to afford it, or they don’t know what to wear for the Career Expo,” Salinas said. “We have options for them and it’s available.”

The Career Expo is an annual event which allows NMSU students to meet with employers from different fields and learn about jobs, internships, and more. It occurred Sept. 19 and 20 as a continuation of the OEL’s career-oriented events to prepare students for life after college. 

“I think learning how to dress professionally is important regardless of where they’re at in their college track because they’re going to enter the career workforce sooner than later,” Salinas said. “So just getting the experience with attending career fairs, starting to talk to employers but also dressing to impress and I think when you dress nice and you’re looking for a job it just helps boost your confidence.” 

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Adeline Triplett
Adeline Triplett, Staff Writer
Adeline Triplett is starting her second year with The Round Up. She is a senior at NMSU, majoring in Journalism & Media Studies with a focus in print/editorial and a minor in International Studies. Adeline was raised in Farmington, New Mexico. She has always had a love of writing and reading due to growing up with parents who are teachers. Adeline began writing creatively in elementary school and has continued ever since. She discovered her passion for journalism in high school and hopes to make a positive impact with her stories. Outside of school and writing, Adeline enjoys spending time with friends and family, binging movies and shows, and traveling as much as possible. Moving forward, she hopes that working at The Round Up will help her grow as a writer and in her future career.
Leah De La Torre
Leah De La Torre, Multimedia Specialist
Leah De La Torre is entering her second year at The Round Up as a multimedia specialist. She will be majoring in Journalism and Media Studies. She grew up in El Paso, Texas. De La Torre has been making videos with her family and friends since she was in elementary school, and her love for the camera continued through high school as she became a member of the video and broadcast team. There, not only did she learn more about photography and video making but gained an interest in journalism. Her other interests include playing the cello, sewing, and listening to her favorite music artists like Her’s and The Strokes. Working for The Round Up, she hopes to continue doing what she loves, being behind the camera and contributing to making and telling stories about her community.

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