One local organization helps women get suited up for their future

By Laura Rubeli

Making a great first impression on a job interview is one key to getting hired.
Dress for Success Southern Nevada helps disadvantaged women get suited up for their job interview. The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Potential employers are assessing an applicant the minute she walks in the door. The clothes she wears while looking for a job can be the one competitive edge she may have with other applicants who have the same skill set and education. Her appearance is her virtual resume; showcasing that she understands the importance of the job she is interviewing for and tells the person who is interviewing her that she genuinely desires and deserves the position.

Dress for Success provides each woman with one suit when she has a job interview. When she successfully lands the job, she returns for additional business-appropriate separates that will help build her professional wardrobe.

We approached Debbie Tuss, the coordinator of Dress for Success Southern Nevada’s Going Places Network, for a makeover to help showcase a confident new look that Dress for Success candidates can experience.

Tuss’ look was too young and outdated. She needed a fresh, new look that would help convey a more professional, serious attitude. We gave Tuss a more mature, polished look that exudes confidence.

We tossed the jeans and T-shirt and provided Tuss with a dark, tailored suit by Evan Picone, the perfect look for a job interview. The straight, angular lines give Tuss an authoritative, formal look that positions her as a leader and authority figure. The look is empowering; it increases her confidence and credibility.

The skirt hits Tuss at the knee, always a foolproof and flattering hemline.

Tuss sports a pair of burgundy Etienne Aigner pumps that are trendy, yet appropriate for a business look. We brighened Tuss’s conservative suit with a single bold accessory: silver hoops by the jewelry line Lia Sophia.

For Tuss’ makeup, we sought out makeup expert Lori White, owner of Lori J White Makeup Artistry, to give Tuss a workforce-worthy makeover. White opted for neutral shades from Urban Decay’s Naked Palette to bring out Tuss’ green eyes. Paradise lipstick by Rimmel and a creamy lip gloss by NXY completed her natural look.

Next up it was time to tame Tuss’ hair. White used a touch of Clear Glaze by Ulta to coat Tuss’ hair and make it silky smooth. To cut out the frizz, White opted for a product called Silky Dirt in Sweet Almond. Tuss’ curly hair was straightened with a flat iron and looks silky smooth and job ready.

With a little bit of guidance, Dress for Success candidates are ready to take that confident step toward their future.
For more information on Dress for Success, please visit

Haircut: Alexis Parker, DIVA Studio,
Makeup and hair on the day of the shoot: Lori White, Lori J White Makeup Artistry,
Stylist: Laura Rubeli,
Photography: Phojo Photo,