I have learnt to be selective about which items of clothing I add to my limited wardrobe space. There is a good rule of thumb that for every piece of clothing you buy, you should donate one to a charity. There are so many worthy charities in Brisbane but I would like to tell you about one hidden gem.
It's called Suited to Success and it's located on Anderson Street in Fortitude Valley. The main aim of the organization is to help long term unemployed and disadvantaged individuals become independent and self-sufficient.
But that's not all they do.
I have visited Suited to Success a couple of times over the last couple of months to add pieces to my work wardrobe. I have bought a couple of dresses, skirts and blouses for various prices, but all less than $50. I also bought a brand new leather belt for $2.
Many of the clothes are first class quality. When they are donated they are sorted into different categories and only the best pieces which are suitable for an interview are kept. All the rejects are donated to another charity in Brisbane.
Here are my hints to buying clothes at Suited to Success or any other charity:
Often the piece of clothing you are first drawn to is the one you like the most
You can't go wrong with basics in black, navy and white
Try on the piece of clothing or take a tape measure with you
Jot down your measurements in your mobile phone
Look at the seams to see if they are worn.
Look at buttons to see if they need fixing (a dab of clear nail varnish on the back will keep them on longer)
Pieces of clothing you like but don't fit right can be hemmed for around ten dollars. Buttons can be changed easily.
Take along a friend or ask for honest advice
Hand wash your clothes in lavender or tea tree oil when you get home
Their Boutique Clothing Sales are open to the public on the last Saturday of each month (excluding December) and offer quality pre-loved items from just five dollars as well as new designer pieces. You can purchase three accessories for $5.
If you are interested in volunteering for this great organization look them up on Seek Volunteering.
We used to have an op shop in Geelong that catered for people trying to gain employment. I'm not sure if it is still open. It is a great way to help people who want to return to work or who want to update their wardrobe for work. Great article Emma.