Dressed for Success

Hi everyone! This week I’ve come across a charity I’d love to be involved with and I just have to share it with you in the hope that I can haul you on board too! Remember these words: Dress for Success. To me, it’s important to be charitable and because this particular cause has a fashion bent it really resonates with me.



If you don’t know about Dress for Success, it’s a charity that’s all about helping women, who have been out of the workforce, to regain confidence to return to employment. People such as young mums, recovered sickness beneficiaries, employees who have been through redundancy, Christchurch residents who lost jobs overnight after the earthquake and many others who have been out of work for some time and no longer have suitable clothes to attend an interview.

Every woman who attends a Dress for Success receives two outfits and a beauty pack. And people like you and me, as well as companies such as Esteem Jewellery, Max Fashions and Maxwell Drycleaners, donate clothes to the cause while beauty houses such as Thin Lizzy and Bobbi Brown donate makeup.






What’s more new Dress for Success executive director, Libby Young, says she’s on a mission to reinvent the charity and make things even better by bringing on board some of our wonderful fashion designers, retailers and beauty companies.

She wants Dress for Success to become a household name so more needy women can regain their self-esteem and benefit by returning to the workforce in order to look after themselves and their families.

The fashion industry sometimes gets a bad rap for being superficial, but something like this proves that how we dress can have an effect on our lives. When we think we look great we feel 10 feet tall. And I understand that’s been scientifically proven (I’m 99% sure I’ve read that somewhere!).






Dress for Success talks about giving a hand up rather than a hand out which I thought was pretty cool. I’m so excited to be involved and I hope lots of you will come on board too. There are many ways you can help.

On Thursday, August 2, at 6pm, there’s a fundraising cocktail party sponsored by Westpac at the Westpac branch on Takutai St, Britomart. Dame Jenny Shipley (a former PM) is speaking and tickets are just $75 each.

If you want to become involved in fashion, or would like to become a stylist, this is a chance to practice your skills by volunteering to transform, coach, mentor and inspire.






If you have an amazing designer garment or handbag that for some reason you no longer want (and I know that can happen) it could be auctioned at the event to help raise funds.

And, if there are any plus sized brands out there who’d also like to become involved, please yell out. Dress for Success needs garments, accessories or shoes in good condition (brand new is even better if you’re lucky enough to have a surplus).

Send them to 4 Boston Road, Mt Eden.  And don’t worry, if anything’s not appropriate to this cause, Garments which don’t make the cut are packaged and sent to other charities such as Auckland City Mission, Salvation Army and Women’s Refuge.

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