F.A.Q.

  • Q: What is Dress for Success?

    Dress for Success Montréal is a non-profit organization and a stepping stone to help women realize their full potential and achieve personal and financial independence. In tangible terms, Dress for Success Montréal provides women with professional attire, career development tools and the ongoing support of a network of professional women.

  • Q: Is Dress for Success an independent?

    Dress for Success Montréal is an affiliate of Dress for Success, an international organization headquartered in New York. Dress for Success is active in more than 125 cities in 15 countries.

  • Q: Who can benefit from Dress for Success Montréal’s services?

    Women from all walks of life can become Dress for Success Montréal’s clients. They must be referred to us by one of our partner organizations. With more than 3,000 non-profit and state partners, Dress for Success supports women of all ethnicities between the ages of 18 and 60, many of whom are single mothers raising, on average, two or three children. Dress for Success Montréal’s clients are required to have taken the first step towards financial independence by having obtained a job interview before visiting our boutique.

  • Q: How did Dress for Success come about?

    In 1996, an altruistic law student received a $5,000 inheritance from her great-grandfather. Wanting to honour his memory and help others, Nancy Lublin used this money to found Dress for Success with the goal of empowering women who had once faced personal hardships to earn their own money and rebuild their lives.
    Since then, the grassroots start-up, which began with the help of three nuns from Spanish Harlem, has grown into an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the financial independence of disadvantaged women worldwide. Today, under the leadership of CEO Joi Gordon, Dress for Success serves women in more than 115 cities around the world and is uniquely positioned as a global leader in women’s employment issues.

  • Q: What distinguishes Dress for Success from other organizations, such as Le Chainon and Renaissance?

    Dress for Success comes into play after a job-ready woman has obtained a job interview. Once they have been referred to Dress for Success Montréal, not only do our clients work with a stylist to select their professional attire, but they also receive coaching and support as they prepare for their interview. As they take their first steps into the workplace, our clients have access to a professional network, tools, and training that will help them retain their employment and thrive in their careers. Our work is very specialized and complements that of other organizations.

  • Q: Are there any other affiliates in Canada?

    We have ten affiliates in Canada: Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Orillia and Barrie, Kingston, Ottawa, Montréal, and Halifax.

    Affiliates in Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Moncton will open in the near future.

  • Q: In concrete terms, what does Dress for Success do?

    With help from its volunteers, Dress for Success Montréal provides women who are ready to enter the workforce with professional attire and a network of support to help them achieve their goals. In tangible terms, it is a team that accompanies women throughout their journey, from the moment they secure a job interview all the way to achieving professional success. When they are referred to Dress for Success Montréal, not only do our clients work with a stylist to select their professional outfit, but they also receive coaching and advice as they prepare for their interview. As they take their first steps into the workplace, our clients will have access to a network of support, career development tools and training to help them retain their employment and thrive in their career.

  • Q: What programs does Dress for Success Montréal offer?

    In its first year, Dress for Success Montréal will offer its clients three programs. Over time, other programs will be introduced.

    Suiting Program
    Job-ready women have access to Dress for Success Montréal by referral only from a variety of not-for-profit organizations. Each client works one-on-one with a highly-trained volunteer “personal shopper” who helps her select her professional attire and provides support and encouragement as she prepares for her upcoming interviews. Dress for Success Montréal provides each client with a suit, beauty products, footwear, accessories and, most importantly, positive reinforcement and a boost of confidence. After a client finds a job that is right for her, she can return to Dress for Success Montréal in order to benefit from a full week’s worth of professional attire. The clothing that we provide our clients represents our faith in every woman’s ability to succeed.

    Career Center
    Our Career Center takes women’s job readiness “beyond the suit” to increase their chances of success in a competitive job market. Our Career Center pairs clients, one-one-one, with staff members to help develop confidence and professionalism. Our staff members assist clients with the drafting of their résumés and cover letters, provide career counseling, conduct mock interviews, and facilitate access to our professional skills training course.

    Professional Women’s Group
    With the success of landing a new job, newly-employed women often encounter an unfamiliar set of challenges. From understanding corporate culture to managing personal finances, career novices are often left to navigate the unwritten rules of the workplace with little or no support. The Professional Women’s Group (PWG) furthers the careers of successfully employed Dress for Success Montréal women by providing them with a network of support, practical information, and inspiration to ensure that they retain their employment and reach their full potential.

  • Q: What kinds of organizations can partner with Dress for Success?

    • Agencies or social services programs that serve clients who are ready to integrate or reintegrate into the workplace, regardless of professional background, age, origin, or socioeconomic status;
    • Organizations that offer employment services; and
    • Organizations that share the same values or objectives as Dress for Success, including equipping women to take control of their livelihood while fostering self-esteem and empowerment.
  • Q: How many women do you think you will be able to help?

    • We anticipate helping approximately 100 women per year in Montréal. Internationally,
    • Dress for Success has suited more than 650,000 women since its inception in 1997; in 2011 alone, Dress for Success served over 55,000 women;
    • 75% of our Professional Women’s Group members are still employed after one year
    • 57% of our Professional Women’s Group members have furthered their education by enrolling in or completing a technical program or vocational training; and
    • 60% of our Professional Women’s Group members have improved their credit score
  • Q: How is Dress for Success funded?

    Dress for Success Montréal relies on financial and clothing contributions from individuals and corporations. Individuals may also donate their time and skills by becoming a volunteer on one of our many committees or at the boutique. Please visit our website if you would like to make a donation, or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Q: Who runs Dress for Success Montréal?

    Dress for Success Montréal is managed by women who have decided to make a difference by helping women reach their full potential.

  • Q: How can I make a clothing donation?

    If you would like to make a financial or clothing donation, please e-mail us at
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  • Q: Where is the Dress for Success Montréal boutique located?

    Our boutique is located in downtown Montréal and is easily accessible by public transit. However, our boutique is unique in that only women who have been referred to us will be given the address.

  • Q: What do you need most right now?

    Dress for Success needs donations of clothing as well as financial contributions. In particular, we are looking for women’s suits, shoes, jewelry… Everything a woman needs in a work environment.

    If you would like to make a financial or clothing donation, please e-mail us at
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  • Q: How can I become a volunteer?

    If you want to become a volunteer, please e-mail us at
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  • Q: What happens after I am referred to Dress for Success?

    Each client works one-on-one with a highly-trained volunteer “personal shopper” who helps her select her professional attire and provides support and encouragement as she prepares for her upcoming interviews. Dress for Success provides each client with a career suit, cosmetics, footwear, and accessories and, most importantly, positive reinforcement and a boost of confidence.

    Staff members assist clients with their résumés and cover letters, provide career counseling, conduct mock interviews, and facilitate access to our professional skills training course.

    After a client finds work, she can return to Dress for Success for a full week’s worth of professional attire. The clothing that we provide our clients represents our faith in every woman's ability to succeed

  • Q: Do you offer the same services for men?

    Since its inception, Dress for Success has been faithful to its mission of helping women. In that, the Montréal affiliate is not different from the others. However, there are many other organizations in Québec to which men can turn for help.

  • Q: If a women reaches out to you without a referral, will you be able to provide her with clothing?

    Unfortunately, no. Job-ready women come to Dress for Success by referral only. This policy is the same at every Dress for Success affiliate, and we follow it because it allows us to be successful. We intend to implement the same policy in Montréal.

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