ClothingWorks by Goodwill http://clothingworks.ca Job interview clothing for people in need. Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:48:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Colour your Style http://clothingworks.ca/colour-your-style-2018-2/ http://clothingworks.ca/colour-your-style-2018-2/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:48:07 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=6989 Colour, it can bring nerves to the boldest of dressers. It is pivotal to not only our wardrobe but also to the world we live...

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Colour, it can bring nerves to the boldest of dressers. It is pivotal to not only our wardrobe but also to the world we live in. Colour can evoke memories, emotions and even regulate us. The colours we chose can help to express who we are and tell our story. Colours can influence how we dress, with each season magazines claim a colour of the season and even Pantone chooses a colour of the year to be the most popular. There are trendy shades that pop up everywhere and then fade away but for the most part colour is timeless. It is completely up to personal preference and what feel the best for you.

The rainbow is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. (I do personally include pink even though it’s considered as a shade to some and not a colour) The warm colours are red, orange and yellow. The cool colours are Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. (You can put cool or warm undertones on all colours but these are the basic distinctions)  There are countless articles that advise the reader on what colour best suits their skin tone, eye colour, hair etc. however I do believe that the best opinion on what works is your own.

Pantone colour tones

Within colours there are shades to choose from. Jewel tones are rich in hue and striking. Think of teal, paprika, magenta and olive. Pastels are soft and gentle. When you think of pastels imagine colours of pistachio, lilac, periwinkle and lemon yellow. If you have ever tried a colour and it didn’t work for you, maybe try a different shade. (For example if you have never been a fan of green because you once work a moss green top perhaps try a brighter colour like Kelly green) Think of it like dressing up when you were a kid. By trying on wild colours, that you would have never otherwise picked, you might find out that green really can look amazing on you. Experimenting is the best form of creation and have fun with it. Definitely if you have some time, go to the thrift store and explore all the colours. It’s a great way to try colours on and the thrift store has an amazing variety of shades.

Previous colours of the year

If you ever feel stuck about colour look around you and find some inspiration. Colour is all around us and especially in summer, nature is in full bloom. Neutrals are very popular at the moment; it seems like that colour trend is the lack thereof. If you’re hesitant about trying colour, try to slowly incorporate it in a neutral outfit. Using colour as an accent can introduce colour without feeling like you’re jumping off the deep end. (Perhaps try a coloured pair of shoes or a hat)

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Colour can influence our moods. If you love the colour purple or feel invigorated by orange use that to your advantage. If you have a huge meeting or you’re feeling in a fashion rut, wear a colour you love. It’s a little choice but it can really change how you feel. Don’t be afraid of a little experimentation and if you find out that mauve really doesn’t work for you, have a laugh and not wear it again. I would love to know what colours you love and how they make you feel, and comment down below. Also if you have a funny colour story leave it below too, I love to read your thoughts

Alma.

 

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Summer Confidence http://clothingworks.ca/clothingworks-summer-confidence-2018-2-2/ http://clothingworks.ca/clothingworks-summer-confidence-2018-2-2/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:45:23 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=6920 We are now officially in July, which means summer is in full swing. Flowers are in full bloom and kids are gleefully out of school....

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We are now officially in July, which means summer is in full swing. Flowers are in full bloom and kids are gleefully out of school. With the warm weather comes lighter layers, and bathing suit season. There is nothing quite as refreshing as going for a swim on a hot summers’ day. The change in weather can also bring up feelings of insecurity. In this article I want to talk about confidence and embracing our bodies just as they are.

Fashion campaigns and magazines are starting to include diversity but it is still a slow start. The majority of photo shoots still show a tall leggy model, which does not represent the majority of the population. In contrast to this standard is the movement of self-love and embracing all body types. The relationship with our bodies is complex, each scar and bump is a testimony of our experiences. Even if you look in the mirror and you’re not happy,try to find 3 things to compliment your body on. Self-love is a practice for each and every day. Even if you don’t have a great day, don’t be hard on yourself. Each day is a fresh start.

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Choosing to wear what you love, is a practice for loving your body. One of the best ways to find confidence is to wear something that uplifts you and makes you feel good. Any item of clothing that doesn’t fit right or makes you uncomfortable should be donated. Also if you have clothes that are too small or big, those shouldn’t stay in your wardrobe. If you open up your closet and see items that just don’t work, it can make you feel less motivated and reluctant to chose outfits. It is incredible how much of a difference it is having a closet where you know everything works for you and your body. You don’t have to have a huge wardrobe for summer, as long as you have a couple great pieces, you can mix and match.

Don’t worry about others. Feeling self-conscious of what other people are thinking, is not exclusive to the summer, but it can increase questions like; “Is anyone looking at me?” and “Are they judging me?” It is impossible to know someone else’s thoughts, so don’t spend time or energy wondering. The truth is most people are so busy and caught up in their lives that no one is focused on giving judgments. Anyways you wearing a pair of shorts are not going to offend anyone; people get that its hot outside. So,the next time you head out, instead of worrying about the opinions of others, do something to make yourself feel good. Feel the warmth of the sun, listen to the birds or make yourself a nice refreshing drink. Self-love isn’t something that can be changed in an instant but the more you do little steps to believe in yourself, the less you’ll get in the habit about worrying about others.

lilac satin dress

Look for positive body inspiration. There are incredible women and men who are championing the positive body movement. There are women like Ashley Graham who encourage women to embrace the body they are in. There are books, magazines, and socials that help to find that belief. Find medias that make you feel better instead of worse. Think of it like how we view food, you wouldn’t want to put something that doesn’t make you feel good in your body so why would you do the same with your mind. When you surround yourself with inspiration that uplifts you, it really makes a difference. If you want to leave any quotes you find inspiring or tips that work for you, please leave them below. Alma

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Back to Basics: Key Wardrobe Pieces http://clothingworks.ca/back-to-basics-key-wardrobe-pieces-2018-2/ http://clothingworks.ca/back-to-basics-key-wardrobe-pieces-2018-2/#respond Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:55:44 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=6877 Have you ever found yourself looking at your clothes and feeling like it all lacks cohesion? Creating a wardrobe that is functional and can seamlessly...

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Have you ever found yourself looking at your clothes and feeling like it all lacks cohesion? Creating a wardrobe that is functional and can seamlessly transition you from work to home doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether you are starting from scratch or looking to just tweak your existing closet, here are some ideas that can make it an easier process.

The term capsule wardrobe might not be familiar, but it is the idea of having a curated collection of clothing items that all work together. It’s usually around eight to ten items but it can depend on the individual. The concept has been around for a while but it is especially popular when it comes to minimalism. Instead of having a cluttered wardrobe, it allows a sense of ease since everything works together.

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If you are just starting out on creating a wardrobe, find a way that works best for you to visualize what you want out of your closet. Look on Instagram or Pinterest, watch some videos or look through some magazines. The more you see, the more you will figure out which styles you want to have in your wardrobe. After all fashion is about self expression and you always want your personal style to shine through. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have an incredible wardrobe. Keep an eye out for sales and the thrift store has amazing pieces that are unique and most often one of a kind.

capsule wardrobe

 

First before you start deciding what to buy, just look at your closet and evaluate it. (If you’re starting from scratch you don’t have to worry about this step) What is looking back at you? Your closet should be working with you and not against you. A great idea is to take everything out and try on all your pieces. How it hangs on your body verses how it looks on the hanger can be very different. If a clothing item is just is not working for you, it is time to just let it go. Don’t throw it out though, donating clothes to either ClothingWorks or Goodwill allows the clothes to live another life and prevents them from going to the landfill. By donating to Goodwill you help to give job opportunities to those in the community and continue all the amazing workshops at the Career Centre. If you want to learn more about the incredible work they do check out their donate page at https://goodwillindustries.ca/donate/ . ClothingWorks uses donated clothes to outfit those entering the workforce for the first time or reentering the work force after some kind of absence. To see our mission check us out at www.clothingWorks.ca .

dress shirts

 

First you should start with the basics and realise what you need to make your wardrobe work for you and your lifestyle. If you work mostly outdoors your closet is going to look a lot different than someone who works at an office. The basic capsule wardrobe would contain: one pair of work pants, one pair of jeans, one skirt, one dress, one button down dress shirt, one t-shirt, one long sleeve top, a pair of shorts, one coat, and one nice sweater. This is the basic idea of what your wardrobe can be and then it can grow from there. Beware of impulse purchases, It can be easy to get in the habit of buying clothes that you have too many of just because its on sale. If you do want to go shopping know what you tend to overbuy and figure out what would actually grow your wardrobe’s variety instead of cluttering it with duplicates. Don’t forget about your shoes, shoes are a huge aspect of an outfit and they just pull an outfit together. Spend time on finding a few pairs that work for your lifestyle.

a rack of clothes

 

Your wardrobe does not have to stay at eight to ten pieces, if you want to keep it at that, that’s great. This idea is great to go back to whenever you feel like your closet needs to be tweaked. Going back to the core can remind you of what you have and how you can make multiple outfits with less. If you have any comments please leave them below, I’d love to hear from you. Alma

 

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Happy Thrifting http://clothingworks.ca/clothingworks-happy-thrifting-2018/ http://clothingworks.ca/clothingworks-happy-thrifting-2018/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:37:33 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=6836 Hello readers. Now I don’t know about you, but I love going to the thrift store and looking for new pieces to add to my...

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Hello readers. Now I don’t know about you, but I love going to the thrift store and looking for new pieces to add to my wardrobe. When you’re just starting out thrifting for the first time, it can seem quite daunting. There are a lot of sections and looking through it all can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. It can feel overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. I have some advice that will hopefully help.

It’s important to clarify the difference between vintage and thrifting. It is possible to find vintage pieces when thrifting but vintage is a term on its own. Vintage is a term originally used to describe wines in conjunction to the years it was made. Vintage fashion generally starts around the 1920s and continues on as long as the fashion has been in style and comes back. Vintage pieces tend to be more expensive but it is possible to find them in thrift store. The pieces have to come from the original era, for example it would not be considered vintage if the piece was made currently but inspired from that era.

a pearl detailed long black sleeveA belt and fur coat close up

 

1. When it comes to thrifting patience is key. There will be an odd day that you might not find something just right and the next day you could hit the goldmine and find something amazing.

Sequin dress details

2. Look at fabrics. A great way to narrow down possible clothing item is to feel and look at the textures. Since the clothes come from a variety of stores and years sizing is incredibly varied. When you pull items to try on its better to ignore the sizes and see what fits your body best.

 

3. Look at the men’s and women’s section. There are great pieces in the men’s section from dress pants to oversized t-shirts. Don’t be afraid to look through and find something amazing.

 

4. Try on styles you wouldn’t normally try. Have fun when your thrifting, the store will have current pieces but it will also have some fantastic pieces from different decades. If you open yourself up to try something different, you could learn about a new cut or style that looks amazing.

 

5. Try to go in with an idea of what you want to look at. If you’re just starting out or you don’t have a lot of time to thrift going in with an idea of what you want can help narrow things down. If your looking for a specific style, it could be difficult so keep an open mind. For example if you want a new pair of pants just look in that section and that way the trip doesn’t feel too overwhelming. Figure out what you are looking for and try to stay focused. a gold purseA rack of clothes

 

I hope this post will help and make your next trip fun and successful. I would love if you would comment below some of your favourite finds that you got thrifting. Alma

 

 

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http://clothingworks.ca/6791-2/ http://clothingworks.ca/6791-2/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:57:15 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=6791 A very big thank you to Jocelyn King at Curiosities Gift shop 174 1/2 Wortley Road, London, Ontario for another amazing donation! You are a...

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A very big thank you to Jocelyn King at Curiosities Gift shop 174 1/2 Wortley Road, London, Ontario for another amazing donation! You are a true supporter and ongoing champion of of this wonderful community outreach program, hosted by Goodwill Industries O.G.L. Your donations will go a long way towards helping us to give job seekers the boost of self-confidence they need to succeed.

Thank You

Carol-Ann McIntyre

Program Coordinator

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A New Chapter http://clothingworks.ca/clothingworks-new-chapter-2018-2/ http://clothingworks.ca/clothingworks-new-chapter-2018-2/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:35:35 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=6156 Welcome to the New ClothingWorks Blog! Hello to everyone who is reading this. In this new chapter ClothingWorks is about to take a more active...

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Welcome to the New ClothingWorks Blog!

Hello to everyone who is reading this. In this new chapter ClothingWorks is about to take a more active role, but before I delve into the big announcement, I would like to take a look back at the history of this program. ClothingWorks is an incredible program that began in 1998 by Mrs. Beth Girvan and Diane Wall. ClothingWorks expanded and was eventually taken over by Goodwill Industries O.G.L. In 2015 Goodwill reopened the new program making it what we know today. Each client is able to have 1-hour consultations with trained Volunteer Fashion Assistants who help to select outfits for interviews. Biannually ClothingWorks also hosts a fundraising sale at the Horton street location, which is also headquarters for ClothingWorks. different texture of clothing on a rack

 

ClothingWorks thus far has had an incredible past and with this comes new ventures for the present. The ClothingWorks Blog is about to become your new source for inspiration, tips and all things fashion and business related. The blog will always strive to stay true to the heart of what we do at ClothingWorks, which is uplifting our community and helping each individual dress good to feel good. This blog will be a place of positivity and encouragement and strive to create a little light for each reader. This is a community so I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. If you ever have any topics or questions on style you would like to address, please feel free to comment down below.

 

This is such an exciting chapter and this is just the beginning! Alma

 

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ClothingWorks Spring Sale http://clothingworks.ca/clothingworks-spring-sale-2018/ http://clothingworks.ca/clothingworks-spring-sale-2018/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 19:37:58 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=5793 Join us at the ClothingWorks Spring Sale on Saturday, June 2 at the Goodwill Centre (main lobby) in London!  New and gently worn mens and...

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Join us at the ClothingWorks Spring Sale on Saturday, June 2 at the Goodwill Centre (main lobby) in London!  New and gently worn mens and ladies casual, formal, designer, accessories + all season will be available.  Specialty items are also available for purchase.  Help support our program! The ClothingWorks Sale is open to the public, so stop by and grab some amazing finds!

When?

Saturday, June 2: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Gently worn men’s and ladies casual, formal, designer, accessories + all season. Some new items too. Amazing deals to be had!

Where?

Goodwill Centre, 1st Floor (main lobby)
255 Horton Street
London, ON

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Strathroy Chamber Donation Drive on May 26th http://clothingworks.ca/strathroy-chamber-donation-drive-2018/ http://clothingworks.ca/strathroy-chamber-donation-drive-2018/#respond Wed, 02 May 2018 21:15:21 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=5321 ClothingWorks has partnered with the Strathroy & District Chamber of Commerce for a community donation drive! Help give Strathroy job seekers in need a boost by...

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ClothingWorks has partnered with the Strathroy & District Chamber of Commerce for a community donation drive! Help give Strathroy job seekers in need a boost by donating business professional and business casual clothing and accessories to ClothingWorks.

On May 26, 2018 (from 9 am – Noon) drop into the Strathroy Chamber Senior’s Centre (137 Frank Street) to donate gently used clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories for ClothingWorks participants. Your items give job seekers in need free interview clothing to better their chances at finding a job.

Want to donate but can’t make it to the Strathroy Chamber on the 26th? Visit our donation partner page to see our full list of donation drop-off locations.

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Westmount Shopping Centre Donation Drive http://clothingworks.ca/earth-week-donation-drive-2018-results/ http://clothingworks.ca/earth-week-donation-drive-2018-results/#respond Wed, 02 May 2018 01:15:42 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=5312 Thank you Westmount Shopping Centre for donating space for ClothingWorks’ Earth Week donation drive! On April 18-20, 2018 we were at Westmount Shopping Centre, collecting job...

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Thank you Westmount Shopping Centre for donating space for ClothingWorks’ Earth Week donation drive!

On April 18-20, 2018 we were at Westmount Shopping Centre, collecting job interview clothing for our program participants and spreading the word about our essential Community program.

This is the third year that we’ve been given space at Westmount to participate.  Thank you to our incredible volunteer, Shirley, who helped organize the event and ran our display. See you next year!

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Earth Week Donation Drive http://clothingworks.ca/earth-week-donation-drive-2018/ http://clothingworks.ca/earth-week-donation-drive-2018/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:46:55 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=4896 With Earth Day fast approaching, Goodwill and ClothingWorks have partnered with Westmount Shopping Centre for a special Earth Week donation drive! On April 18-20, 2018...

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With Earth Day fast approaching, Goodwill and ClothingWorks have partnered with Westmount Shopping Centre for a special Earth Week donation drive!

On April 18-20, 2018 stop by Westmount Shopping Centre to donate your gently used clothing, accessories and business attire.

Our team will be on hand daily from 11:00am-2:00pm to accept donations across from Zack’s. Donations can also be made after hours.

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