dressbarn and Dress for Success Partner to Assist Women Re-entering the Workforce

   dressbarn and Dress for Success Partner to Assist Women Re-entering the
                                  Workforce

For the 11th Year, dressbarn Will Collect Clothing Donations During Its S.O.S
- Send One Suit - Weekend® Donation Drive, March 7-10

PR Newswire

SUFFERN, N.Y., Feb. 12, 2013

SUFFERN, N.Y., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Each year thousands of women are
unable to secure employment because they don't have access to appropriate
ensembles to wear on job interviews. dressbarn (NASDAQ:ASNA) is teaming up
with the non-profit organization, Dress for Success, to gather 60,000articles
of clothing, as part of its S.O.S. - Send One Suit – Weekend® donation drive,
March 7-10.

This year's clothing drive marks the 11^th consecutive year dressbarn and
Dress for Success have partnered to help women in need receive professional
business attire. All 825 dressbarn stores across the country will serve as
drop-off sites for new or gently used professional attire including suits,
dress shirts, blazers, pants, dresses and shoes that will be used to benefit
women seeking to transition into the workforce.

"We are thrilled to be a part of such a wonderfully philanthropic program,"
stated Veronica Valladares, dressbarn AVP of Marketing. "We are not only
giving these women clothing donations, we are helping them gain economic
stability, a positive outlook and most importantly, a new and improved sense
of self."

More than 55,000 professional items of clothing were collected during last
year's 'Send One Suit' donation drive. This year, dressbarn would like to
collect 60,000 pieces of professional attire; a pace of 15,000 items each day.

All of the collected professional items will be given to the international
non-profit organization, Dress for Success, which will then distribute the
articles nationwide to women looking to gain a job or trying to re-enter the
workforce. Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of
disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and
the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

"We are enormous advocates of women helping women and at the foundation, that
is exactly what Send One Suit is: an S.O.S. for women to recognize the needs
of others, rally their peers and, most importantly, respond—by donating their
suits and separates to dressbarn," said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success
Worldwide. "By working together, we can help disadvantaged women across the
country take their next step toward financial freedom."

"A woman's professional wardrobe, or lack thereof, should not deter her from
entering the workforce," continued Valladares. "For the past 11 years, the
'Send One Suit' campaign has helped women across the country regain their
ability to be self-sufficient and successful in their careers."

All 825 dressbarn stores will offer donors an additional 15% total purchase
savings in gratitude for their generosity. A complete list of stores can be
found at www.dressbarn.com.

About dressbarn

dressbarn, a division of Ascena Retail Group Inc. (NASDAQ-- ASNA), is a
leading national women's specialty apparel retailer offering quality casual,
career and special occasion fashions.dressbarnstores carry styles in sizes 4
to 24, as well as shoes and accessories. Today, dressbarn operates over 825
stores in 47 states. For store information and to shop online,
visitdressbarn.com.

About Dress for Success

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that
promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing
professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to
help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997,
Dress for Success has expanded to more than 120 cities in 13 countries. To
date, Dress for Success has helped more than 650,000 women work towards
self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.

SOURCE dressbarn

Website: http://www.dressbarn.com
Contact: Jessica Freeman-Henderson, +1-212-230-1800, Jessica@alisonbrodpr.com
 
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