ClothingWorks by Goodwill https://clothingworks.ca Job interview clothing for people in need. Fri, 01 Mar 2019 23:14:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 ClothingWorks now serves Strathroy-Caradoc and Middlesex County! https://clothingworks.ca/strathroy/ Fri, 01 Mar 2019 20:51:42 +0000 https://clothingworks.ca/?p=13121 To our friends in Strathroy, Ontario… thank you for welcoming ClothingWorks! We serve Strathroy-Cardoc and Middlesex County one day per week, by appointment, at the...

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To our friends in Strathroy, Ontario… thank you for welcoming ClothingWorks! We serve Strathroy-Cardoc and Middlesex County one day per week, by appointment, at the Strathroy Goodwill Community Store.

Would you like to support job seekers in need by donating job interview clothing, shoes, and accessories? You can donate at Goodwill in Strathroy, in the drive-thru… just mention that the donations are for ClothingWorks!
You can also drop off donations at our wonderful community partners!
Are you a community organization in Middlesex County that would like to refer job seekers to our program? Please contact us to walk through being set up as a referral partner.
 
Interested in volunteering? Also let us know. 🙂
 
Thanks for your continued support!

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Great-West Life Donation Drive https://clothingworks.ca/greatwest-life-donation-drive/ https://clothingworks.ca/greatwest-life-donation-drive/#respond Thu, 28 Feb 2019 22:16:13 +0000 https://clothingworks.ca/?p=13118 Major thanks to Great-West Life in London for coordinating ClothingWorks biggest donation drive yet!  4,200 articles of professional clothing… that will provide outfits for 900...

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Major thanks to Great-West Life in London for coordinating ClothingWorks biggest donation drive yet!  4,200 articles of professional clothing… that will provide outfits for 900 jobs seekers!  Women@London Life….  thank you for coordinating this special campaign, and showing your commitment to the community.  We can’t thank you enough!

Interested in making a similar impact in your Community?  Businesses and organizations interested in collecting donations for ClothingWorks can visit our Donation Drive page.

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Dillon Consulting Donation Drive https://clothingworks.ca/dillon-consulting-donation-drive/ https://clothingworks.ca/dillon-consulting-donation-drive/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 15:42:17 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=13099 Thank you so much to Dillon Consulting who held a donation drive for ClothingWorks.  Their office dropped off a van load of professional clothing for our program,...

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Thank you so much to Dillon Consulting who held a donation drive for ClothingWorks.  Their office dropped off a van load of professional clothing for our program, along with $500 worth of new underwear, socks and nylons! All donations outfit London job seekers who need a boost. THANK YOU!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! https://clothingworks.ca/happy-holidays/ https://clothingworks.ca/happy-holidays/#respond Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:59:26 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=13073 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the ClothingWorks team! Our team had a wonderful Christmas celebration just before the Holidays. We celebrated having completed...

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the ClothingWorks team!

Our team had a wonderful Christmas celebration just before the Holidays. We celebrated having completed over 800 consultations in 2018, which means that we have provided approximately 1600 outfits to the persons we served. Thank you to all of our donors, supporters and followers for your help in making this great impact possible. We truly appreciate and welcome your support. We look forward to having an even greater impact in 2019!

Special thanks to our loyal supporters at Peter’s Cleaners, Lifestyles of London, Tyner-Shortens Clothiers, Curiosities (Worley) & Kimberley’s (Lambeth). Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Thank you,
Carol McIntyre
Program Coordinator

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Dress for Confidence: Dressing for your Interview https://clothingworks.ca/dressing-for-your-interview-2018-2-2/ https://clothingworks.ca/dressing-for-your-interview-2018-2-2/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:20:43 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=9203 September is an exciting and transitional time. Job interviews can happen all the time but the start of the fall is a great time to...

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September is an exciting and transitional time. Job interviews can happen all the time but the start of the fall is a great time to refresh and go over how to dress for an interview.

If you are thinking about what are you going to wear for your interview, first congratulations are in order. It’s wonderful that you have gotten through the first process. When you go in for your interview, you want your clothes to be an expression of who you are and you want to be able to focus on the task at hand without worrying about your clothes. You also don’t want your outfit to be distracting to your potential new boss. Overall a great first impression is ideal and your outfit will help you feel good about the whole experience.

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When you are deciding what to wear first think about the place and job that you are interviewing for. Dressing for a corporate job verses dressing for an outdoor job is very different. There are some rules to go by regardless of the place. Always come clean and presentable. You don’t want your first impression to be impeded by how you dressed. It’s all about looking appropriate. If you are just getting back into interviewing, Goodwill Industries and ClothingWorks have incredible resources that are available to use, if you want to check them out you can find out information on the website https://goodwillindustries.ca or  www.clothingworks.ca .

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I will give some ideas of what you can dress in different environments. My advice is to always do your research on the dress code . If you first have an idea of what is expected then you can figure out what could work. If you are applying for a job that has a specific dress code (ex. The healthcare field or a laboratory) follow the requirements and when in doubt go simple with a button down shirt or blouse and dress pants.

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Corporate Environment:

Since this is a very professional environment, you will want to dress accordingly. Depending on the place you could have some creative freedom like wearing a turtleneck or a button down; you could also wear a blazer with dress pants. You could do neutral colours like black, navy or grey, and if you are able to you could also play with patterns like Check. There are lots of options to choose from.

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Retail Environment:

This can depend on whether you are interviewing for a clothing retailer. Sometimes they want to see your personal style within their dress code. When in doubt make sure its professional. Dress pants are recommended and you could maybe play with different cuts or patterns. You could also play with your top, as long as it’s a dress top you could try a pattern.

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Restaurant Environment:

Make sure that your shoes and clothes are food safe. And from then see what you can dress, some are a little more casual and others can be more formal.

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I hope this advice works and I wish you all the best on your interview. At the end of the day,your outfit should not be an extra stressor. There are so many aspects to think about that your clothes shouldn’t worry you. As long as you aren’t wildly inappropriate, no one will be totally focused on how you dress. Your outfit is simply an extra to make you feel confident and ready to take the interview on.

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ClothingWorks Fall Sale https://clothingworks.ca/clothingworks-fall-sale-2018/ https://clothingworks.ca/clothingworks-fall-sale-2018/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 18:34:27 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=9756 Join us at the ClothingWorks Fall Sale on Saturday, September 29 at the Goodwill Centre (main lobby) in London!  New and gently worn men’s and...

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Join us at the ClothingWorks Fall Sale on Saturday, September 29 at the Goodwill Centre (main lobby) in London!  New and gently worn men’s and ladies casual, formal, vintage & designer, accessories + all season will be available.  Speciality 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, September 29: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Gently worn men’s and ladies casual, formal, vintage & 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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Fall Fashion Forecast https://clothingworks.ca/fall-fashion-forecast-2018-2/ https://clothingworks.ca/fall-fashion-forecast-2018-2/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 19:48:28 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=8588 Summer feels like it has not been here long enough but somehow we are now firmly in the middle of August. Once August is here,we...

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Summer feels like it has not been here long enough but somehow we are now firmly in the middle of August. Once August is here,we begin the transition into the fall. The beginning of fall reminds me of new years. As the seasons change, it allows us to have some time to reflect on what we want to achieve in the coming months. It’s a fresh start and our wardrobe can reflect that. I don’t believe that for every new season you have to completely redo your wardrobe. All you need is some new inspiration to rework pieces you already have. There are five different styles that you have experiment with. You might find one that really fits with your style, or maybe you want to try out something new. I hope these styles inspire your fall wardrobes. Please comment what you are looking forward to trying.

Simple and Clean:

This look is understated chic at its best. Think of tailored pieces in neutral tones. Phoebe Philo from Céline is an excellent example of this style. Minimal doesn’t have to be boring; this style can play with structure, fabric and size. Caroline Bessette-Kennedy did this so well, I recommend looking her up and seeing her outfits for inspiration. Try working on pieces like tailored pants, large woolly sweaters and black boots can really create a look.

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The British Invasion:

The UK has had so many incredible style movements. For this style I think of trench coats, checked blazers and shiny black loafers. I think this look is sharp and classic. Burberry is a huge place for inspiration. This style doesn’t have to feel stuffy, you can blend these more tailored pieces with a soft t-shirt or even a band tee. The UK punk and teddy boys always push to take conventional clothes and make them subversive.

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The 2000s are Back:

Early 2000s doesn’t feel like it has been that long ago but you know it has been some time when fashion has been in style, goes out and then comes back. Now some people might be cringing at returning back to that style period, but do not fear, it doesn’t mean that everything from that style moment is back. Think about baby tees, more straight leg pants, one shouldered shirts and velour. These ideas might seem bad but it’s all about reincorporating one element and making it feel current. Baker boy hats are back and since its an accessory, it can be a baby step into trying this style on. I would look to Nelly Furtado and Kali Uchis for inspiration.

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Classic meets Sportswear:

The athleisure trend is showing no signs of slowing down. Think of this style like the older sibling of Athleisure, its blends more casual elements with tailored work wear pieces. Try wearing a cool sneaker with a blazer or a hoodie and pants. This is all about blending the two so don’t worry about getting it perfect. This one is more experimental and I would look to street style to find influences.

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70s Dark Glamour:

This is not the hippy style that has been very prevalent over the years. Think of lace, black velvet, red, billowy sleeves and hats. Stevie Nicks is a huge inspiration for this style. Its taking more floaty clothing and giving it a little edge. It is dramatic and perfect for when it’s starting to get a little cooler.

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Finding your Style https://clothingworks.ca/finding-your-style-2018-2/ https://clothingworks.ca/finding-your-style-2018-2/#respond Sat, 11 Aug 2018 11:39:28 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=8253 In previous blog posts I talked about style and having a personal style. In this post I want to expand on this idea because it...

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In previous blog posts I talked about style and having a personal style. In this post I want to expand on this idea because it can be a daunting task to figure out what you like. Sometimes you can have an idea in your head and when it comes to trying it on, it just doesn’t work or fit right. A great starting point is looking at your body and seeing if it fits into a body type. Now when it comes to body types, I really want to stress that there is absolutely no one “perfect” type. These are merely suggestion on what can feel good and enhance what you already have.

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I’m going to talk about four body types: rectangle, inverted triangle, hourglass and pear. The body types also are not specific to height or size, they merely go into the how are you proportioned in comparison to your body.  The first body type I’m going to go into is rectangle.

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The body type names tend to sound a little funny but a rectangle body type is when you tend to be evenly proportioned and straight. With a rectangle body type you can have fun with patterns and colour.  You could do a bold jacket or try high waisted flowing pants if you want to create separation from top and bottom.  Another aspect you could play around with is volume like ruffles or a floaty peasant top because it won’t overwhelm your frame.  There are so many amazing style icons you could look too. Jane Birkin has such a timeless style that could be a really great to look for inspiration. I also think Bianca Jagger also someone to look at.

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Inverted Triangle is when your shoulders and top half are stronger than your bottom. With inverted triangle you can really have fun with pants. You could do a bold pant with a simpler top. For tops I would look to soft flowing tops or a great button down in more neutral tones and then you can go colourful with the pant. Don’t be afraid of trying dresses. Sheath dresses with look incredible on you as well as button down dresses. For style inspiration look at Diane Keaton, she is a true queen of the bold pant and she really creates an incredible look

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Hourglass is probably the term we have heard the most. It is when your smallest part is your waist thus creating the hourglass image. Since your middle is your smallest part you can really define it by wearing tops that cinch there. Too many loud patterns could potentially overwhelm you so if you mix bold colour and prints it could potentially be too much. A bold colour dress can be striking and body-forming skirts will always look incredible on you. For classic inspiration Sophia Loren knows how to dress in that chic Italian way. Ashley Graham has great style and I totally recommend checking out her Instagram.

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The last but certainly not least, is the pear shape. This is when your bottom half is larger than your top half. Since your top half is smaller you can wear off the shoulder tops and really find shirts with interesting details. High waisted tops will show off your waist and don’t be afraid of a floaty trouser that is either flared or straight leg. The obvious style inspiration would be Kim Kardashian and she really brings the athleisure trend to life.

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I want to reiterate that there is no one “perfect” body type and anyone can wear any of the clothing items that I listed above. These are just ideas that could especially work with that type. Find what works for you and own it. All of our bodies are beautiful. If you have any comments please leave them below.

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How to get out of a Style Rut https://clothingworks.ca/how-to-get-out-of-style-rut-2018-2/ https://clothingworks.ca/how-to-get-out-of-style-rut-2018-2/#respond Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:58:10 +0000 http://clothingworks.ca/?p=7490 Have you ever walked to your closet, opened it up and all you could think is “I have nothing to wear.” If this thought process...

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Have you ever walked to your closet, opened it up and all you could think is “I have nothing to wear.” If this thought process is happening daily perhaps you are in a style rut. A style rut occurs when you are no longer inspired or excited to style yourself. If you wear something that makes you feel good, then it can help you feel better. Even if you feel nervous inside, wearing clothes that make you feel confident can help you fake it till you make it. The act of dressing can become a ritual of self-love. It doesn’t have to be stressful or make you feel bad about yourself.

There are many opinions on what you should or shouldn’t wear. The only one who knows what feels right is you. Everyone may be wearing rompers but if you feel uncomfortable in them, you don’t have to follow the trend. Trends can help give you an idea of a colour or cut that could be fun to try but don’t feel like you have to only follow what others think is in. If you walk down the street and admire someone’s outfit, chances are they are not exclusively following a trend. Trends are meant to guide not dictate. Personal style is what looks good on you and showcases all of your best attributes while making you feel good in the process. They can perhaps incorporate one trend that works for them but how they put their outfit together is their own unique touch. Trends come and go but style is constant.

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What is causing your rut? Are you feeling uninspired or are your clothes just not fitting quite right? You might need to take a moment and think about your feelings and figure out what is causing this thought process. While you’re reflecting think about what could make you feel better or make dressing less of a chore and make it fun. If you’re feeling too rushed in the morning perhaps choose your outfit the night before that way, when it comes to getting dressed you already have the decision making out of the way. If your closet is messy that could also make dressing a headache. If this is the case then spend a day reorganising that way when you do dress, it is easier to see what you have instead of having to claw through piles to find something that works. If you are feeling down about yourself and dressing is making you feel worse remember every body is beautiful and there is no one perfect body. We are all made unique and we should embrace our bodies. They show where we have been and our story. Look for pieces that make you feel confident and comfortable. Don’t force yourself in something that is too tight or doesn’t feel right. No article of clothing is worth you feeling bad. Anything that is making you feel weighed down get rid of it. If you open your closet and see items that you don’t like, then you won’t want to dress. When you surround yourself with clothes that make you happy, it will make getting dressed a self-love practice.

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Once you feel organised and ready to find that style spark its time to find inspiration. Go through and see what you love in your wardrobe. That can create an idea what you already like. Once you have that idea, look at some individuals whom you love their style. Find a bunch of photos and either create a collage or a photo album. When you look at the photos figure out why you like their style and how you would describe it. Our tastes change and instead of bold colours perhaps your drawn more towards muted tones. Change is totally ok and personal style evolves naturally. Sometimes we become a little out of sync with what we are wearing and it takes us some time to figure out what has changed and what feels good now. I would love to hear how you describe your personal style in the comments below. Alma

 

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Colour your Style https://clothingworks.ca/colour-your-style-2018-2/ https://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.

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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.

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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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