Updating one’s wardrobe with the latest seasonal fashions, and getting rid of the out-of-date, isn’t usually viewed as an act of social responsibility. But Fitted For Work makes updating your wardrobe an act of charity.
With boutiques in Parramatta, NSW, Melbourne, VIC, and online at Dear Gladys, Fitted for Work retails pre-loved fashion to the public to raise funds for its programs to get women into work, and happily accepts donations all year round. The not-for-profit organisation makes its fashion serve a deeper purpose too: helping to outfit women experiencing disadvantage for work.
“Our mission is to help women experiencing disadvantage to get work – and keep it,” explained Elizabeth Montgomery, Sydney Program Manager at Fitted For Work. “Some of the women who come to us have been out of the workforce for a really long time, or are just starting out, so building confidence is a key part of what we do.”
Staff at Coca-Cola’s Sydney headquarters understand the role that looking good plays in feeling confident at work, and recently came up with dozens of bags and boxes of donations for Fitted for Work. “We love donations like these,” said Elizabeth. “It shows how working women can actually help those who are coming up through the system, by providing the basis for their work wardrobe.”
Clients arriving at Fitted for Work offices for the personal dressing service are met by a volunteer stylist, who helps them put together outfits appropriate for work.
They then sit with a consultant to practice and polish their interview skills. “It’s a fun, and important, way of preparing for a job interview or new position,” said Elizabeth.
“All of Fitted for Work’s services are free to their our, and this is made possible through the generous donation of high-quality second hand business attire and the support of skilled and caring volunteers.”
Check out our gallery, above, for easy styling tips.