Growing up in the fashion industry and working in the field for most of my career, I understand the power that wearing the right clothing can have all too well. To some, clothing might be considered an afterthought, but many of us know, and can relate to the fact that what you wear plays a significant role in the first impressions that others have of you.

By now you’ve likely heard the saying that you should dress for the job you want’, but what are you to do if you don’t have the means to purchase the clothing you need to look the part for that dream job, or even any job that you want?

Just the other day I met a (now) successful woman who shared her struggles with getting hired for a top position (one that she was more than qualified for) after immigrating to Canada from India with her young family. When she did receive invitations for interviews, she wore what is custom for top execs to wear where she is from which is the sari.  It was only after learning of the cultural differences in the workforce here in Canada that she sought help from a local charity to help dress her in the right clothing to get her the job she wanted. The result? She got the job.

Whether you’re entering the workforce for the first time or re-entering after a hiatus, having the right working wardrobe can help you transition into your new career with confidence. The only problem is that acquiring a new wardrobe can be expensive for anyone, and especially difficult if you’re starting a job for the first time, or even starting a new life in a new country.

I’m a huge fan of programs like the Canadian Suit Drive hosted by Moores Clothing for Men for encouraging Canadians from coast-to-coast to donate gently used professional clothing to help men and women in need get suited up with the right garments to help them succeed. I truly believe that everyone deserves the chance to feel great and feel confident enough to go after the job they want, and I’m so glad that that’s what the Canadian Suit Drive is all about!

So how can you get involved? Right now until July 31st you can donate gently used men’s and women’s professional clothing including suits, dress shirts, sports coats, slacks, ties, belts and shoes at any of the 126 Moores locations across Canada. After donations are collected this month, they will be distributed nationally to nearly 75 local recipient organizations that help disadvantaged men and women aiming to regain employment through job readiness programs, workforce assistance and gifting of professional attire.

By donating your spare, gently used professional clothing this month you’ll be joining the likes of Suits actor, Patrick J. Adams; Toronto Raptors coach, Dwane Casey; Calgary Flames coach, Glen Gulutzan; and Ottawa Senators coach, Guy Boucher, in supporting this great cause that can make a real difference to someone’s life.

This is such a great way to pay it forward and I highly recommend for you and everyone you know to get involved! By the way, did I mention that anyone who donates will receive 50% off their next purchase of regular priced items (excluding shoes, clearance and Exceptional Value items) at Moores? It’s a win, win!

For more information and store locations please visit MooresClothing.com and CanadianSuitDrive.com

xo

@GracieCarroll

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