One of the free services we provide to women experiencing disadvantage is a complete personal outfitting and interview preparation service. This special service is provided at our boutiques located in Melbourne and Parramatta. The supply of clean, quality work-appropriate clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories is a critical component of the success of our service.
Our aim is to dress women in an entire outfit that is professional, suitable for interview and carefully co-ordinated to make clients look and feel good about themselves. We are always particularly in need of small and large sized clothing (66% of the women we dress are at either end of the spectrum, size 6-10 or size 18+).
The golden rule is…if you wouldn’t wear it to work today, then our clients wouldn’t wear it either. You can download clothing donation guidelines here.
Donated items do not need to be from expensive labels. They simply need to be clean and interview appropriate. We also welcome donations of casual or dress clothing in good condition for our Conscious Closet pop-up shop. Due to health regulations, we will only accept underwear and bra’s unworn and with tags attached. We also accept unworn stockings in unopened packages.
We accept good quality and work-appropriate jewellery.
We accept near new and unworn shoes in all sizes. They must be business looking, smart, classic shoes – flats, courts, heels or boots. All colours and styles are acceptable.
Dress and casual shoes in good condition are great for our Conscious Closet pop-up shop.
We accept business looking, smart, classic bags, large enough to carry personal items (phone, wallet and possibly a resume). All colours and styles are acceptable.
We also find bags are popular in The Conscious Closet pop-up shop. We welcome fashion and evening bags or small clutch bags.
We accept unused and unopened make-up and hygiene products such as shampoo and conditioner. Donations of deodorant are always needed and greatly appreciated.
Running a Fitted for Work clothing drive at your place of work or club is a great way to engage your employees and members in an activity for a good cause.
It costs Fitted for Work $115 to put one women through our personal outfitting and interview preparation service, so it would be wonderful if you could add a fundraising element to your event – e.g. silent auction, raffle. You could even add a bit of healthy competition to the drive – e.g. ask participants to guess how many items of clothing will be donated overall, $3 a guess or 3 for $5. Alternatively how about a fun trivia game using stats and facts about women in the work force!
Every dollar raised truly does make a difference.
Remember to take some photos of your event as we would love to share them on our Facebook page and in other communications to highlight your good work!
Due to resource constraints, we are unable to collect clothing donations. Your donation can be delivered to our Melbourne or Parramatta Boutiques during between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. If you have a lot of items to drop off and will require help, please phone us in advance to ensure that we have staff/volunteers available. Please also remember to pack your clothes in small, manageable bundles that aren’t too heavy for our staff and volunteers to lift.
On behalf of the team at Fitted for Work and our clients, thank you very much for your generous donations and support.
“There is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole - women and men alike - than the one which involves women as central players.”
- Kofi Annan