Dress For Success

Willow Shoes Supports Dress for Success


Please help and donate your unwanted shoes and clothes to assist disadvantaged women gain the confidence and style
to get back to work and re-gain independence.

What Dress for Success are looking for

Corporate style shoes - larger sizes like ours are appreciated greatly.

Interview appropriate suits, shoes and separates

Unopened hosiery

Classic style shirts

Black handbags, briefcases

Professional style scarves, belts, accessories

Unopened cosmetics


*Please clean your items and package in a bag addressed to Dress for Success

Where to Donate in NZ

5 Central Avenue, The Avenues, Whangarei
Ph: 09 4385505 Fax: 07 839 1148
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm
Drop-offs: Regent Drycleaners cnr Mill Road & Shortland Street

Ph: 09 377 2762
Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm
Drop-offs: Maxwell Dry Cleaners (Downtown, Remuera, Royal Oak, Parnell, Market Road, Milford,
Mairangi Bay, Meadowbank), Herne Bay Drycleaners, Botany Town Centre Information Kiosk,
LynnMall Information Kiosk, and Women's Centre Waitakere.


172 Alexandra Street, Level 1, Vero Building, Hamilton
Ph: 07 839 1147 Fax: 07 839 1148
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm

1195 Eruera Street, Rotorua
Ph: 07 348 3660
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm

City Link House, Level 2, 53 Boulcott St, Wellington
Ph: 04 473 2940 Fax: 04 473 2941
Hours: Mon-Wed & Fri 9.30am-2.30pm, Thurs 9.30am-6.00pm, 2nd & 4th Saturday of the Month 10am-12pm
Drop-offs: NZ Drycleaners, Upper Molesworth Steet; and Nae Nae Dental Clinic, Lower Hutt

149 Peverel Street, Riccarton, Christchurch
Ph: 03 343 3241 Fax: 03 343 3271
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Drop-offs: Kingdom Resources, Addington; and Maxwell Drycleaners (Edgeware and Merrivale Mall)

Dress for Success.................Success Stories

This is what their clients say about Dress for Success

Dear Dress for Success

My sincere gratitude for helping me getting a job recently!

I was involved in a bad physical accident six months ago. I lost a lot of function in my arm and shoulder. This really dented my confidence, and I also gained 10 kilos. My clothes from before the accident no longer fit me. I started applying for work again a few months back, and was successful in getting some interviews. I was too anxious and fidgeted in ill fitting clothes throughout the interviews. Because I was on a sickness benefit, there was just no way that I could afford to buy new clothes.

So last week, I applied for a job that I really liked, and got offered an interview. I was referred to Dress for Success by Victoria University Graduates Network. It all happened really fast, and before I knew it, I had an appointment with Dress for Success the day before my job interview.

I’ve been living in a regional town for the last few years, and I knew that the dress code at my new potential job in Wellington would be a big step up. I’m not the most feminine of dressers, and generally struggle to get past the black pants and tidy shirt look.

I was really warmly welcomed into Dress for Success for my appointment and I sat down and browsed the look books for some ideas. I wanted to look professional, capable, tidy, and feminine but not sexualised. I really felt listened to by your staff in a non-judgemental manner when I went over what I wanted and my needs for the interview.

I got introduced to my dresser, who was lovely and built my confidence. She made all sorts of suggestions, and made it clear that I had to be comfortable in what I chose. I experimented with different looks, knowing that there was no obligation to buy, or pressure from sales staff.

I was insecure about accessories, such as jewellery, and makeup. It was so great to be able to discuss my concerns with the ladies, and find things that I was comfortable wearing.

The whole process was a great confidence boost, and I entered my job interview the next day feeling like a million dollars. I felt professional, and had people compliment me on my appearance as I went down to the building. The interview went great - I sat still and straight, and didn’t fidget in ill-fitting clothes.

I got offered the job, and then with my newly found confidence negotiated a pay rise. It can be really hard to get your foot in the door, but as of Tuesday, I have my first permanent full time professional job. I am so pleased to have outfits sorted for my first week, and not to have to worry about my appearance. I also picked up an office dress which I will wear (this is a first for me!). I want to do the best job possible for my employer, and get on with it. My new employer is supportive of my disability and now WINZ won’t be on my case to go work as a manual labourer.

Thank you so much for equipping me so well for the next stage of life. I am so thankful. I wanted to extend a sincere thanks for all your help, and I will be telling my job seeking friends.


'Dress for Success did a big turn in my life and I will never forget your organisation'.

'Your organisation helped pursue my future job with confidence and create a new look about feeling good about myself'.

'I looked in the mirror and knew I could face the interviewer'.

'I'm ready now, choice!'

'Thank you very much for your support, it's awesome, and I'm so happy there are people like you'.

'I wore my outfit to the interview, the next day they rung me to say I was successful in getting the job - I was crying on the phone'.

'When I walked away from Dress for Success I felt incredible, uplifted and couldn't believe that I got all this for free'.

'Dress for Success makes you realise; hey there is light in the darkness, there is hope and it can happen'.

'After my appointment at Dress for Success and getting some awesome clothing, I floated back home feeling fortunate and blessed'.

'I haven't stopped raving about Dress for Success to my girlfriends, and tell them to ask for a referral when they reach the interview stage'.

'Thank you to all the staff at Dress for Success that transforms peoples lives. It is a good cause and should be around for many years to come
- we need it'.


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