Materials and information provided by Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas.
White House Black Market is teaming up with Dress For Success worldwide to collect donations of new or gently-used black pants – the cornerstone of the career-woman’s wardrobe, to benefit women reentering the workplace.
I remember my early days in professional office work. It was difficult finding clothing to wear at entry-level office jobs that had dress codes. One time I remember walking in downtown Little Rock in my khakis, collared shirt and loafers, and some old man in a business suit walked up to me and said, “Is that costume what office workers wear nowadays?”
It stuck with me. And it really hurt. I was trying to earn a living and working with the best I could have. So I definitely understand the need for women who are reentering the workplace to have access to a good, professional wardrobe.
“The black pant is the great equalizer. No matter if you’re a seasoned CEO or just getting your career started, the right pair of black pants makes every woman look strong, confident and ready to take the workforce by storm,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide. “We’re grateful to White House Black Market for helping us to provide even more of our women with that feeling as they progress along their professional paths.”
From now through September 21, 2014, White House Black Market locations in Rogers and Little Rock and all other stores will accept both new and gently worn black pants to benefit Dress for Success, helping disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and tools to confidently reenter the workplace.
The Black Pants promotion is in conjunction with an international partnership between Dress for Success and White House Black Market.
“In our lives and in our business, we are constantly touched by the individual power of women. That’s why we’re so excited about our international partnership with Dress for Success,” said Donna Noce, White House Black Market Brand President. “Our black pant donation program enables us to give back to women in the communities in which we live and work. Through everything, our passion has always been to make women feel beautiful.”
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 135 cities in 16 countries, including Northwest Arkansas in 2013.
To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 775,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit http://www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more about volunteering, events, donations and success stories.
This is a great opportunity not only for my area, but any town where a White House Black Market is located. Let’s help these women get a good start; maybe they can avoid an experience like mine and be treated with the respect they deserve.