The Project

One dress*

30 days, 30 ways


To benefit Dress for Success® of Southern Maine



Susan “Suz” Stephenson, editor of this blog, will wear the same L.L. Bean Signature dress every day for the month of January 2012 in an effort to encourage women to make their best personal and professional impression on the outside—especially when looking for a job. Retailers, designers and boutique owners have generously donated accessories to show off different looks for the same dress which will be showcased by daily blog posts.

All donated items—from shoes to handbags to jewelry—will be donated to Dress for Success® of Southern Maine, a non-profit organization that provides women in need with suits, accessories, and a great big confidence boost to help in their own career development.

Making your best possible impression is paramount when seeking employment. This project aspires to prove to women everywhere that no matter what their budget is, they can dress for success with what they already have at home, or with a few key accessories, and feel confident about it.

Suz’s  looks will reflect choices for work wear, going on a job interview, casual weekend looks, and appropriate business networking events. Her blog posts will include photos as well as detailed descriptions of the featured accessories, and throughout the month, she will offer a variety of tips on how to economically build a signature style.

We can all learn more about making the most of our wardrobe. Small tweaks and creativity to our closets can produce infinite outfits and looks!


What would you do with a blank canvas?

If you have an accessory or product** — anything from bags and boots to belts and bangles — that you consider feature-worthy, please contact for sizing info {if needed} and a mailing address. There’s no fee for involvement, and all items will be donated to Dress for Success® of Southern Maine.


At well to do, you, the month of January will be dedicated to encouraging women to make their best impression — both personally and professionally — by offering tips & tricks on styling, interviewing, self-care, and work/life balance… to name a few. If you’d like to guest post, please email 
*Dress provided by L.L. Bean Signature
**Currently limited to companies/people with an online presence

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