I really appreciate the help you've given me as I was not expecting that kind of level of care. Thank you very much for your help.> Rita
What wonderful ladies to help find me an outfit!
Very helpful, they listen to what you like and they find clothes that suit you and that you feel comfortable in, very friendly.
I loved the entire experience. Finding what I am going to wear has boosted my confidence and I am ready to look the part for my interview
Brilliant, it really improved my confidence
You have been a great help as I did not have that much confidence before but I feel more ready now
I enjoyed the dressing session because I was made to feel welcome and wasn't made to feel inadequate so I thank the volunteers for all that they did for me.
I found clothes that suited my age and figure but were also smart, which makes me confident
Welcome to Smart Works
Welcome to Smart Works (formerly Dress for Success London). We provide high quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to out-of-work women on low incomes. Smart Works helps them to feel confident, look fabulous, succeed at their job interview and move on with their life.
Each year we dress more than 1,200 women in a complete outfit of stylish, high quality clothes donated by retailers and professionals. A visit to Smart Works can change the course of a woman's life.
From Samantha Cameron:
"People say that employers make up their mind about a candidate in the first five minutes. If you are on a low income, have no smart clothes to wear, no interview training and no confidence, it is very hard to make that good first impression. I've seen the difference those few hours make to each client's confidence. The woman who walks out through the door is completely different from the woman who walked in."
Style event a huge success
The Sunday Times Style Big Fashion Sale in aid of Smart Works at Somerset House was a massive success for the second year running. A big thank you to Style for organising the event, to Somerset House for hosting it, to all the stall holders for their involvement, and to everyone who came along to shop and to support our work.
There was a fantastic festive atmosphere throughout the day, with plenty of treats and surprises including champagne, hair and beauty make-overs, cupcakes, lucky dips and fabulous bargains to be found. The proceeds of the Big Fashion Sale will help us support more women in 2014 who need help with clothes and confidence so that they can get a job and move on with their lives.
Plus Size January
Smart Works is gearing up for Plus Size January - our latest campaign to encourage donations of clothing in Plus sizes to make sure we have a good selection of items to meet the needs of our clients.
We are short of dresses, skirts, trousers, jackets and tops in sizes 18 to 28 so if you have any smart items you could donate to Smart Works in these sizes, we would love to hear from you. By giving us your clothes you will be helping another women look great, feel confident and succeed at her job interview. All donations need to be smart, in good condition, clean and ready to wear. Please contact us on 0207 288 1770 if you have something to donate.