Not every successful day is a day in the office – yesterday, we visited the Dress for Success warehouse in Brooklyn to help sort out professional work attire for disadvantaged women. (For the rest of the interns who live in Brooklyn the trip was easy, for an Upper West Sider like myself, the 1 ½ hour ride on the D train took a little more work!) Upon arrival, we were greeted with countless boxes, bags, and racks filled with donated clothing to help every woman get in touch with her inner working girl.
Over the next four hours, we judged what was ready-to-wear (proper and in good condition) and sorted them by season and size. Styles ranged from very appropriate (and gorgeous – example, a seemingly unworn Diane von Furstenberg skirt!) to the not-so-much (a box of gorgeous Casadei heels which were most decidedly not meant to be worn in a work environment).
Clockwise from top left: The head of the mark. internship program Janet Hector with Erica Lloyd, the Suits to Go program manager; the warehouse; even more warehouse (look at the number of boxes!); the interns and mentors. Images courtesy of Natalie Kitson, marketing intern
By the end of the day, we had organized many suits and separates ready to instantly impart the woman who buys them with a sense of professional confidence. Clothes are extremely important for work, especially for a job interview – and Dress for Success provides every woman the ability to look and feel her best, both inside and out.
Dress for Success was founded in 1997 as a non-profit to help outfit and style women for job interviews. According the website, their mission is “to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” Promoting independence through fashion – what a great cause! We had such a blast helping out for the day and will be sure to look into how to get more involved in our own areas.
Learn more about the organization here – and donate (money, suits, or accessories!