How lucky we are

Most of us don’t realize how lucky we are to have a business wardrobe. Dress can become an obstacle to employment if women don’t have the right clothing to present themselves at their best. Unfortunately many women have to make a choice between buying clothes or feeding their kids and paying the rent. (Down below we have a video that shows the amazing difference a new look can make to some Canadian women’s confidence and self-esteem.)

A simple mandate

Suit Yourself is a charity I have supported for several years because of the real difference it makes in women’s lives. Suit Yourself is an Edmonton-based organization which collects and distributes quality clothing and accessories, free of charge, to low-income women who are seeking employment or making a transition in the workforce.

Donating clothes and time

Not only do my friends and colleagues donate clothes but for the second year in a row we participated in a corporate challenge to raise vital funds for Suit Yourself.  We hosted an event at Bistro La Persaud called Feathers, Fedoras and Friday night blues. (Dr. Blu, the band donated their performance and Keith Persaud subsidized the venue, food and drink.)

You came through

Team Panache boas and blues fundraiser for Suit Yourself Edmonton

Thanks to all your support we learned that our team had raised the most corporate challenge funds, $5300 for Suit Yourself Edmonton.     Yahoo!!  See our team photo.

A makeover that makes over lives

Because of your support, besides providing clothing, Suit Yourself Edmonton is able to offer makeovers to low-income women.  Local businesses volunteered their time and services for this.

I was privileged to deliver an image consultant presentation sharing tips and techniques for creating a mix and match wardrobe on a limited budget.

Here’s the difference you made in women’s lives

Here’s a video of the last makeover day that shows the amazing difference you made. The best part is the before and after photos at the end of the video.  Prepare to be amazed and moved. Wow!

If you were moved

if you were moved don’t just sit there. Commit to doing something in your community to make it a better place for the men and women and children who live there. You will make a difference in others and in yourself.

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Posted by Joanne Blake – The Canadian Corporate Image Consultant and proud supporter or Suit Yourself Edmonton

About the author 

Joanne Blake

Canadian speaker, corporate image consultant & business etiquette expert. If you're interested in booking a presentation, keynote or coaching, contact me. Based in Calgary / Edmonton, Alberta in western Canada.

  1. Hi Joanne; I will be attending a fall wedding in September. I need a new suit. As I work in the health industry, I raerely wear a suit. I was out shopping for a suit yesterday and came across a pin stripe suit. Since I am 5′ 5″ in height, (blame it on my Scillian ancestory), I read that it will add the illusion of height. Are pin stripes a good investment, as well is black a safe way to go. I have received so much positve advice from you and Terry and have aquired so much knowledge from your website and news letters. Can you direct me to some stores or ideas.


    John B.

  2. It’s great to hear that youngsters like your son are interested in learning about Suit Yourself and that they as individuals can make a difference in people’s lives. Thanks so much for sharing! So glad you’re on board again for next year!

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