The Dress for Success boutique offers women free attire for job interviews, including blouses, purses, shoes and even makeup.
But this winter, it’s missing something.
“When I walked through the boutique,” Judy Young said, “I thought, ‘Oh dear, I don’t have enough dress coats.’
“In this cold weather, she needs a nice dress coat.”
Young is the interim executive director of Wichita’s Dress for Success, which is a national program that helps disadvantaged women get into the workforce by providing them with an outfit – head to toe – for their job interview.
But with the boutique closed Christmas Eve through Jan. 2, it needs extra dress coats to supply its clients through the holidays.
“You want to look your best so you feel your best,” Young said, “so you have more confidence.”
The boutique, near 13th and West on North High Street, takes donations Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It also accepts donations at three Miller’s Dry Cleaners locations.
Dress for Success offers resume and interview tips, and places women in various programs like Wal-Mart’s Going Places Program, a 12-week career training course.
Young said the women that use Dress for Success may be college students, stay-at-home moms hoping to get back into the workforce or the elderly who can’t live off Social Security.
“Appearance is just so important,” Young said. “And they only have three seconds to make a first impression.”