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 critical to 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+). Please note that donated items do not need to be from expensive labels. They simply need to be clean and interview appropriate.
The ABC of all donations to Fitted for Work...
A – Appropriate for interviews
B – Best Possible Condition
C – Clean
The golden rule is...if you wouldn't wear it to work today, then our clients wouldn't wear it either. Please note that due to health regulations we do not accept underwear. If you would like to make a clothing donation, please review the guidelines below.
We accept good quality and work-appropriate jewellery.
We also accept unworn stockings in unopened packages.
Please note that due to health regulations we do not accept underwear.
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 as our volunteers are trained to coordinate with our clients’ outfits.
Not suitable: Casual or sports shoes.
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 as our volunteers are trained to coordinate with our clients’ outfits.
Not suitable: Evening bags or small clutch bags.
Personal care items
We accept unused and unopened make-up and hygiene products such as shampoo and deodorant.
Organising a clothing drive
Running a Fitted for Work clothing drive at your place of work or club is a great way to engage your employees and members for a good cause.
As it costs $110 for one women to go through our personal outfitting and interview preparation service, 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!
At the bottom of this page you will find some useful resources.
Delivering your donations to Fitted for Work
Please note that due to resource constraints we are unable to collect clothing donations. Your donation can be delivered to our Melbourne or Sydney Boutiques during opening hours. 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 remember to pack your clothes in small, manageable bundles that aren't too heavy to lift.
On behalf of the team at Fitted for Work and our clients, we thank you very much for your generous donations and support.