Smart Works Reading is celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March with an exciting new collaboration with shirt brand With Nothing Underneath.

New fashion favourite WNU donates shirts

With Nothing Underneath will donate a shirt to Smart Works Reading for every shirt they sell during 2 – 16 March 2020, while stocks last.

The label uses sustainably sourced cotton to create beautifully fitting women’s shirts that are inspired by men’s tailoring. They have recently featured in Forbes, The Daily Mail and in The Sunday Times Style magazine.

Supporting women into employment

Smart Works Reading supports disadvantaged women into the workplace through a free dressing and job coaching service. Clients come from all over the Thames Valley ahead of a job interview to choose a professional outfit that is theirs to keep. In addition to the dressing, we provide 1-2-1 employment advice that is tailored to their individual needs.

In 2019, Smart Works Reading supported over 300 women ahead of their interviews. 66% went on to get the job.

The perfect fit

With Nothing Underneath Founder Pip Durell is a former fashion editor at Tatler and Vogue. She recently visited Smart Works Reading’s offices to demonstrate how the shirts can be styled to create the perfect interview outfit.

Pip Durell says:

“Having spent time at Smart Works Reading I am honoured that WNU can support the work they do there in this small way. Sarah and her team are the most incredible group of women. They help to change people’s lives around and if the WNU community can help then, I am honoured to play a part.“One of the reasons WNU came about was to create an easy, smart and affordable wardrobe staple to wear to work. Something you don’t have to think about, that would be appropriate for any occasion without having to try too hard. And what is a better bet for an interview than a crisp Poplin shirt?”

Smart Works Reading chair and founder, Sarah Burns MBE says:

“WNU’s workwear shirts are ideal for our clients; sustainable, professional and beautifully made.

“We are thrilled to be working with the brand on this campaign. With the support of With Nothing Underneath and their customers, we’ll be able to help even more of our clients look and feel the part ahead of that all-important job interview.

“Pip has been so supportive, and we loved the looks she created during her visit. We can’t wait to offer the shirts to our clients as part of their free dressing and job coaching consultation.”

The campaign runs from 2 – 16 March. Every time a customer buys a shirt from www.withnothingunderneath.com during that time, WNU will donate a similar item to Smart Works Reading, while stocks last.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Smart Works Reading is heavily involved with International Women’s Day. Our busy schedule includes talks, corporate challenges, panel discussions and clothing donation drives.

Please search for Smart Works Reading to engage with our International Women’s Day updates on social media.

Illustration: Clare Fisher

Photograph: Emma J Smith