Fashion that empowers women at work

Georgina Probert finds out about a new capsule collection that is helping women find the right outfit to give them the confidence to succeed in the workplace.

HRH The Duchess of Sussex at the launch of the Smart Set. Photo: Philip Panting
HRH The Duchess of Sussex at the launch of the Smart Set. Photo: Philip Panting

With London Fashion Week drawing to a close and Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Duchess of Sussex's new capsule collection launching, the focus this month has been firmly on workwear for women.

We all know that the right outfit can make you feel confident, smart and capable – and this is particularly important when you are going for an interview or starting a new job. But for many women, finding an outfit that is comfortable, flattering and work-appropriate that is within their budget can be a challenge.

Capsule collection

Launched on 12th September, the Smart Set capsule collection is a collaboration between HRH The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and charity Smart Works, working with leading British fashion brands & designers, such as John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw and Misha Nonoo.

The clothing range consists of the workwear essentials often needed to attend interviews and enter into the workplace: a perfect white shirt, an elegant blazer, well-cut trousers, a dress that flatters everyone and the perfect tote bag.

For every item bought during the sale of the collection, which will last until at least 26th September, one will be donated to Smart Works. This direct 1:1 model means that for every item bought by a customer, another will be given to help a woman get back into the workplace. By supporting this initiative, women are taking an active decision to be part of another woman’s success story.

Women supporting women

The Smart Set will be available in stores, online and in Smart Works Dressing Rooms across the UK. To ensure the capsule collection is as accessible and inclusive as possible, the pieces will be available at a range of different price points and various sizes and colours

HRH The Duchess of Sussex said, “I am excited to celebrate the launch of an initiative of women supporting women, and communities working together for the greater good. When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career.

"Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project – placing purpose over profit and community over competition. In convening several companies rather than one, we’ve demonstrated how we can work collectively to empower each other - another layer to this communal success story, that I am so proud to be a part of.”

A recent Smart Works client, Kate, spoke about how she feels while wearing the collection, “My outfit made me feel like a boss – powerful and strong. It just made me feel amazing, reminding me of how far I have come and the future I have in front of me.”

Coaching for success

If you are lacking in confidence in the workplace, Think Global People offers a dedicated coaching service – both face-to-face and online – to help employees with a number of goals, from reaching their potential and discovering their leadership style to simply finding their voice in the office.

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