The Dress to Impress campaign starts at St Wilfrid's Hospice charity shop in Uckfield High Street today, Monday, October 15.

Dress to Impress initiative at St Wilfrid’s charity shop

St Wilfrid’s Hospice charity shop in Uckfield High Street is featuring a ‘Dress to Impress for £10′ initiative from today.

The charity has joined forces with other charity shops across the country, national careers app Debut and TV fashion expert Amber Butchart in a bid to help improve job prospects for millions of individuals.

They will be providing access to interview outfits for only £10 and educating job seekers on correct interview attire.

Dedicated section

More than 650 charity shops across the UK will each feature a dedicated section of their retail space to the Dress to Impress initiative, and store volunteers will share advice and tips provided by the BBC’s fashion expert Amber Butchart.

The initiative follows research undertaken by Debut which revealed that 72 per cent of career hopefuls aged 16-23 didn’t know where to start.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice income generation manager Becky Speight said: ” We are excitd to be a part of this campaign as it will impact our fund-raising whilst making a difference to our customers’ lives too.

Job seekers

“We receive some fantastic donations at this store that would make great interview attire, so the Dress to Impress section will be a real highlight for job seekers, and anyone else who wears business attire that is looking for a bargain.”

Amber Butchart said: “”The UK’s charity shops ar brimming with hidden gems that are waiting to go from being pre-loved to re-loved, and this campaign makes it easier to find them.

“Thousands of store volunteers have been armed with my intervidew attire advice, and a list of interview staples that they will be showcasing in the dedicated sections of the store, which are signposted to be found easily.”

What to wear

Amber’s advice is:

  • Research the dress policy of the company you are applying for
  • Don’t be afraid to wear colour, but avoid clashing prints, unless you’re interviewing for the arts, or creative industries
  • Smart separates can be better than an ill-fitting or poorly-made suit
  • Avoid jeans and T-shirts unless you’re sure the company has a relaxed attitude to dress
  • Avoid open-toed shoes, but white, low-rise sneakers (think Stan Smiths) can add a contemporary element to your professional look
  • The details matter: make sure your socks match and your clothes aren’t creased
  • Avoid garments with too much text, such as slogans or enormous logos
  • A blazer or jacket in a dark colour is a good re-wearable piece for smartening up an outfit

Interview staples are:

Smart trousers

Knee length skirts

Shirts/blouses – not formal dress shirts but smart, can include colour

  • Brogues/loafers
  • Smart flats and heels
  • Blazers and jackets
  • Knitwear – smart sweaters and cardigans

See also:

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Job vacancies at Uckfield College and Unity Care Solutions

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