International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements—from the political, to the social, to our overcoming of hurdles in the workplace. Naturally, we’re marking the occasion by supporting and celebrating our fellow women—in our own Anthro way.
We’ve partnered up with Smart Works—a charity dedicated to helping vulnerable, wonderful women re-enter the workplace – to host a wonderful event at our King’s Road store. Work wear columnist and Smart Works ambassador, Isabel Spearman and fashion director at large, Nicola Rose, will host an intimate Q&A on how to dress with confidence with Anthropologie apparel in your everyday wardrobe. So you can look good and feel good, all ticket proceeds will be dedicated to Smart Works while you’re bossing it.
To win two tickets to this event, plus a £100 Anthropologie gift card to put towards your work wardrobe—or anything else that may have caught your fancy—simply tag on Instagram the soul sister you’ll be bringing along to the event and make sure you’re following both @anthropologieeu and @smartworkscharity accounts.
In the meantime, catch up with Kate, volunteer stylist for Smart Works to chat confidence and the challenges we women face at the workplace…
Can you tell us a little bit about Smart Works and how you first started volunteering?
Smart Works is a women’s charity that provides unemployed women with clothing and coaching to give them the confidence they need to succeed at their job interviews. I used to work in the industry as a buyer and so I used to donate my clothing. I read about Smart Works in the Sunday Times and once I started working on a consultancy basis, I was then able to start volunteering in November 2016.
What does your volunteer work cover?
I am a Smart Works volunteer stylist. I meet fabulous people and love putting them into outfits that really help change their outlook of themselves. You can see the difference very quickly when you put someone into an outfit—suddenly they become confident and smiley, their body language changes.
What have you learnt since volunteering with Smart Works?
I’ve learnt that a lack of confidence and insecurities can impact everyone on some level, from all walks of life. Size is irrelevant; finding their style is the most important factor when building up someone’s self-esteem.
What do you find most rewarding about the work you do?
I love helping people. Clients who I know nothing about and that I’ll never see again but in an hour I can make a difference to their lives—we’ve had tears and laughter. People are so very grateful with the service that Smart Works provides.
What’s the biggest challenge women face when getting back into work after time away?
A lack of confidence presents the biggest challenge. Dressing them in an outfit appropriate for an interview is the first step to helping them believe in themselves again.
How important is the confidence you get from looking smart in an interview?
Extremely important. Body language is the most impactful upon first meeting – 80% of the first impression someone gets is based on what you’re wearing.
What are your top tips for acing a job interview?
Preparation is key. Find out about the job and the company. Identify your hook and what is special about you. Always dress the part as first impressions are very important. Most importantly stay positive and be yourself.
How can other people volunteer their time?
There are so many ways to get involved with Smart Works; as a stylist, an interview coach, a stockroom volunteer and helping out with admin. If you can’t commit to one day a month then get creative—host a fundraising event or a bake sale to spread the word about this fantastic charity.
Discover more about Smart Works here.
Feeling inspired to update your work wardrobe? Head to our New In for a spot of window shopping.
COMPETITION Ts & Cs
This competition is open to UK residents aged 18 or over, excluding employees of Anthropologie, Inc and Smart Works, its affiliate companies, anyone connected to the promotion, their families, cohabitants, agents and friends.
The winner will be chosen at random on Monday 5th March 2018 from all proper entries received on Anthropologie Facebook, Google +, Instagram and Twitter channels by the 4th March 2018. The lucky winner will be contacted via the social media channel they entered on by @anthropologieeu and will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.
Tickets to the event will be collected on the day from the King’s Road store 8th March 2018, 18:00-20:00). All details will be provided to the winner. The prize does not involve travel costs to and from the event. The £100 Anthropologie gift card will be sent after the event.
Anthropologie, Inc reserves the right to select an alternative winner, remove an entrant or withhold or modify a prize in the event that there are reasonable grounds for believing that a winner or entrant has contravened any term or condition of entry or in the event that Anthropologie, Inc has reasonable grounds for believing that the winner or entrant has acted or may act in a manner that could damage the reputation of Anthropologie, Inc, any company associated Anthropologie, Inc, or any brand or product associated with either Anthropologie or any affiliate company of Anthropologie, Inc.