Dress for Success
What is Dress for Success?
Dress for Success began in the US more than 20 years ago and has already helped close to a million women overcome discrimination and take charge of their lives for the better. The charity is run by volunteers across 20 countries and offers women from all walks of life expert advice on professional grooming, career support, self-development skills and more.
Weight Watchers partnership
There are some great synergies between Weight Watchers and Dress for Success. Empowering women, supporting their journeys towards their goals and building their self-confidence really resonated with both of our organisations. Like Dress For Success, Weight Watchers is all about arming women with the learnings to thrive in life.
How to get involved
We will be working with Dress for Success to co-ordinate clothing drives throughout the year where members can drop off pre-loved designer fashion that no longer fits. These clothes will be donated to women around ANZ that Dress for Success supports.
How to dress for a job interview?
At Dress for Success Sydney, CEO Ursula McGeown’s top advice is: “No matter what type of job you are applying for, you should arrive at your interview looking neat, tidy and well dressed. It’s also a good idea to have a couple of interview outfits ready to go so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute to find something to wear.”
"Opt for a universal colour that suits all complexions, such as coral, chocolate brown, teal or lilac."
TIPS FROM THE EXPERT:
From top to toe, you want to look and feel your best for a job interview. Susie Taylor, fashion stylist for Dress for Success, shares her top tips…
- Dress the part- Wear appropriate attire for the industry in which you work. A neutral-coloured business suit and blouse is fine for a conservative industry like finance. On the other hand, if you’re in a creative industry such as advertising, your outfit can be more edgy and on trend.
- Dress for your shape- Highlight your good features with light, bright colours and camouflage your not-so-perfect areas or wobbly bits with darker colours, which minimise them.
- Go classic- Invest in styles that won’t date, such as good leather court shoes and a statement handbag. Buy wardrobe staples in neutral colours.
- Believe in yourself- Maintain good posture, communicate clearly, have respect for yourself and others and smile!
Playing with colour- Colour plays an important role in your wardrobe and the key is to understand how to use it to your advantage. A red jacket attracts attention and is ideal for a powerful presentation. But if you need to discuss a sensitive issue with a colleague, wearing a pastel shirt or soft knit would be more appropriate and put the other person at ease.
As a guideline, I always recommend neutrals, such as navy and grey. They suit most complexions and are an ideal colour for suiting.
Black is great for separate pieces such as skirts, pants and jackets, but black can sometimes wash out your complexion, especially if worn close to the face. When in doubt, opt for a universal colour that suits all complexions, such as teal.
Quick do's and don'ts
✔ Dress for the job you want, not the one you currently have.
✔ Be yourself: wear an outfit you know looks fabulous, makes you feel confident and allows your personality to shine.
✔ Take pride in your appearance and grooming, especially nails and hair. Visual presentation is everything.
✘ Be late.
✘ Wear ripped jeans, clothes that need repairing or scuffed shoes.
✘ Wear short skirts and dresses, plunging necklines or dangling jewellery.