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Dress For Success

Dress For Success

- Tracey Stewart

I find it ironic that we are doing a style edition this month as I personally am embarking on what I hope is my last battle with something that I believe takes up more time than it warrants…contemplating what to wear everyday. This year is going to be the Year of the Uniform!

President Barack Obama limits his choice of attire so as not to be distracted by the mundane decisions of everyday life. In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2012, he preached removing from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day. “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” he said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make… You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.”

Last year, Jon Stewart received a birthday gift from his officemates. A pair of black Timberland boots, Wigwam black socks, Banana Republic Chinos, a J.Crew s/s tee, l/s waffle shirt in greyish tones and a Mets cap. He opened up his gift and there he stood already wearing each and every one of those items. Having to make so many decisions in a day he is more than happy to roll the What-Should-I-Wear Question up into a tiny ball and chuck it in the wastebasket.

I find I have a lot in common with Barack Obama and Jon Stewart. I’ve got a lot of crap on my plate everyday. I’m 46 years old and I believe it’s time to stop experimenting. I know what works for me at this point and what doesn’t (bye bye jumper with the peter pan collar that looked fabulous on that petite Asian woman). The rest of the world really doesn’t need me to mix it up for them everyday. They’ve got a lot of crap on their plates too. I’m keeping the clothes that have been good to me and the rest are going to charity or will be reborn as dust rags.

Luckily, I have that option. There are many other ladies out there that would love to own those few basics that work for all occasions (their uniform), and would particularly love the option of splurging on a new outfit if the occasion called for one. Job interviews are the perfect example for when uniform comes into play. While some women have that one suit tucked away in their closet for such an occasion, there are others out there who aren’t quite as prepared.

Dress for Success is one global organization that is working to assist these women in need through clothing and style. By providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools needed to help women thrive in work and life in general, they are making a difference in women’s lives by helping to boost their personal confidence.

Each client of Dress for Success receives one suit when she has a job interview and has the opportunity of returning for a second suit or separates when she finds work. This small step of providing professional attire to these women, boosts confidence and helps to encourage them to dive into the workforce feeling good and feeling deserving of their spot.

Women from homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, educational institutions and domestic violence shelters are just some of the clients that this amazing organization assists. While they help women to find work and dress the part, what we love about Dress for Success is the way they help these women at the beginning stages of the process as well as continuing their relationship through believing that “remaining employed and building a rewarding career are essential if a woman is to become self-sufficient.”

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Dress for Success is a global organization with affiliates in many different countries around the world. Making both financial donations and clothing donations can be a big help. This list of affiliates allows you to find the specific Dress for Success locations in different countries. Every organization is responisble for raising its own funds and managing its own operations. Click here to find the affiliate you would like to donate to >>

WHAT TYPES OF CLOTHING PRODUCTS DO DRESS FOR SUCCESS ACCEPT?

Dress for Success accepts:

  • Interview-appropriate suits and related separates (the greatest need is for items size 14 and up)
  • Solid color blouses
  • Shoes that are suitable for the workplace. Our clients receive brown, black or navy shoes most frequently. Please no heels higher than 3 inches and no open-toed shoes.
  • Unopened hosiery
  • Unused undergarments (Note: Not all locations accept such items; please check with the affiliate closest to you before making this type of donation.)
  • Black tote bags, attaché bags or briefcases
  • Basic professional accessories (including jewelry, scarves, belts and handbags)
  • Unopened cosmetics
  • Coats and outerwear (Note: Not all locations accept such items; please check with the affiliate closest to you before making this type of donation.)

Dress for Success does NOT accept:

  • Suits and dresses that are not interview-appropriate
  • Sportswear or casual clothes
  • Evening wear
  • Fur coats
  • Jewelry not appropriate for a professional environment
  • Used undergarments
  • Opened or used cosmetics
  • Opened or used pantyhose/hosiery
  • Men's clothing
  • Children's clothing

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT DRESS FOR SUCCESS? CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE >>

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