Fitted for Work

Sometime after the birth of my second baby I had a major wardrobe cleanout. My ‘pre-baby’ clothes (notably the numerous suits that I’d worn to work) hadn’t seen the light of day for years.

Standing at my wardrobe looking at the huge pile of perfectly good, beautifully tailored suits and shirts I knew a number of things for sure – that I would not be going back to a full-time office job; that even if I did go back to an office I wouldn’t need eight suits; that if I had occasion to wear a suit again it was probably so far in the future that what I had would be completely out of fashion and would feel frumpy; that having two babies just fourteen months apart does things to your body shape that might never be reversed; that if I ever lost my post-baby weight I deserved something new that fitted me properly; and that these clothes could be put to much better use than sitting in my wardrobe.

Fitted for Work is a service committed to helping long term unemployed and disadvantaged women obtain work, maintain employment and ultimately achieve financial independence. It does this by offering business clothing that they feel confident in as well as presentation, interview and other job-seeking skills.

Fitted for Work has dressed and prepared over two thousand women for work and there are lots of wonderful success stories. As a volunteer based organisation, Fitted for Work relies on the efforts of a dedicated team of women committed to helping other women. There are many ways of helping this fantastic organisation but the simplest way is by cleaning out your wardrobe and donating suits, office attire, shoes and accessories that are in good condition to Fitted for Work.

Fitted for Work operates in Melbourne and Sydney. Contact them directly if you would like to get involved or make a donation. You can see more of their fantastic work here.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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