The Conscious Closet

By Laura Timberlake

Fitted for Work is an organisation that helps women who are experiencing disadvantage to get work – and keep it.

Fitted for Work’s Conscious Closet is a sale of new, vintage and designer clothes and accessories. There are numerous sales throughout the year.

Shoppers can expect to see labels such as Prada, Carla Zampatti, Jigsaw, Scanlan & Theodore, Perri Cutten, Alannah Hill, Veronika Maine, Cue, Alpha 60, Gorman and Sportscraft. (And that’s only part of the list!)

The prices start from $2 and all proceeds go towards funding the numerous free services and programs that are on offer to the disadvantaged women.

Joelle Boelen, sales manager at Fitted for Work, said that because Fitted for Work was not-for-profit, it didn’t receive any government funding.

“To ensure that our services remain free for our clients, we have to generate our own income,” she said.

All of the services available are free for the women who need them. The programs include free personal outfitting and interview training sessions, transition to work programs and mentor and support services.

Ms Boelen said that for many women, the first step to getting work was simply having a suitable outfit to wear to interviews.

Its most recent survey revealed that 75 per cent of the women Fitted for Work dressed were employed within three months.

Fitted for Work also welcomes donations and fundraisers.  It costs about $110 for one woman to go through her personal outfitting and interview preparation services, so clothing drives are particularly welcome!

The Conscious Closet is a small part of what the organisation does, but it’s a great way to score some bargains and support disadvantaged women.

The Conscious Closet is running on Friday, December 11 (11am – 7pm) and on Saturday, December 12 (11am – 3pm). The events take place in the Basement, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale St. For more information, visit www.fittedforwork.org or www.facebook.com/theconsciousclosetsale

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