What We Do | Suits
The clothing that Dress for Success provides to our clients symbolizes our faith in every woman's ability to succeed.
Dress for Success solves the
catch-22 that confronts disadvantaged women trying to enter the workforce: without a job, how can you afford a suit? But without a suit, how can you get a job?
Shortly after Dress for Success was founded, we became well-known for providing suits to disadvantaged women returning to or entering the workforce. Although our mission has expanded, the suiting program remains a crucial part of our work and a vital first-step in a
woman's journey toward self-sufficiency.
Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and additional apparelup
to a week's worth of clothingwhen she becomes employed.
Many Dress for Success affiliates provide more than just a suit and, when available, supply the women they serve with other pieces of clothing and accessories such as
shoes, scarves, jewelry or other interview-appropriate items. Our goal is for each woman to leave Dress for Success with a complete outfit that will help her
feel confident in her interview and land a job.
After a client finds work, she can return to Dress for Success for her employment suiting, during which we provide her with enough additional apparel to mix and match for
up to a week's worth of outfits.
Job-ready women come to Dress for Success by referral only
from a range of non-profit organizations. Each client works
one-on-one with a highly-trained volunteer Personal Shopper,
who helps her select professional attire and also provides
support and encouragement as she prepares for her upcoming interviews.
Every woman who comes to Dress for Success is treated with dignity and respect and can walk through our doors feeling confident and welcome. We focus on helping each woman prepare for the journey ahead of her,
and our concern is where our clients are going, not where
Much of the clothing we distribute comes from women who donate their suits and
other items to Dress for Success in order to help another woman succeed. Visit the Donate Clothing page
to become part of the circle of women helping women and share your professional apparel with someone striving to emerge from poverty.