When you’re decluttering your closet, some decisions are easy to make.
For instance, you know you need to throw out that 15-year-old t-shirt with so many holes it looks like swiss cheese.
But what about the dress pants you bought last year…
What is the best thing to do with them?
Well, if you’re looking to make a difference, you can donate them along with any other types of gently-used professional clothing you no longer need.
Ready to make an impact? Here’s where to donate women’s professional clothing.
7 Places to Donate Women’s Professional Clothing
Local Non Profits that Help with Interview Clothes
Some of the best places to donate professional attire are local non-profits that help underserved women land jobs.
These non-profits generally focus on helping low-income women that are ex-convicts, ex-addicts, or from underprivileged areas.
A lot of these organizations fly under the radar, so you may have never heard of them.
To find an organization that will take your old professional clothing and pass it on to a woman who needs it, search here.
(To search, scroll to the bottom of that page and enter your zip code.)
Dress for Success
Dress for Success is a worldwide non-profit that helps women find career success. This program provides support, tools, and professional clothing to any in-need woman.
There are Dress for Success branches around the nation. So, if you live in a medium to large-sized city, there’s probably a location near you.
You can search for the nearest Dress for Success locations here.
Vietnam Veterans of America
Vietnam Veterans of America is a great organization that collects many types of donations and distributes them to veterans of all types and their family members.
One donation that they’re especially in need of is clothing.
If you have many items to donate, they’ll even come and pick them up from you (in select areas) for free. Or, you can search here to find a drop-off location.
Homeless shelters routinely accept donations of gently used clothing. One clothing category they’re particularly in need of is professional attire.
However, some shelters will only take clothing for their current residents. So, if you want to donate locally, contact your local shelters to see what sizes they need.
Donating your professional clothes can help someone land a job – which genuinely is life-changing.
If you can’t find a local non-profit that focuses entirely on helping women with professional success, or you want to unload your clothing quickly, you can drop off your donations to a local Goodwill.
You can use this search tool to find the nearest Goodwill location.
The Salvation Army
Another thrift store option to drop off old clothing to is The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army will happily accept your gently-used professional clothing.
You can search for a drop-off location here.
Another option for giving away professional clothing locally is to advertise them for free on local groups.
You can do this one Freecycle, Craigslist, or Facebook groups, depending on which you prefer.
This will give someone in your community a chance to snag your old work clothes for free and gives you the benefit of clearing out your closet and doing good in the process.
Frequently Asked Questions about Where to Donate Women’s Professional Clothes
What do I do with clothing that isn’t in good enough shape to donate?
If you have clothes that aren’t in good enough shape to donate, you have two options: trash or recycle. You can use the search function on Earth911 to find a textile recycling center near you. If you can’t find any recycling centers that will accept your items, you’ll need to upcycle or throw them in the trash.
Where can I donate men’s suits?
There are many places you can donate gently used men’s suits, including Career Gear, Homeless Shelters, and Vietnam Veterans of America. In addition, you can check out our guide on donating men’s professional clothing here.
Where can I donate clothes for the homeless?
If you want to help the homeless population directly, one of the best ways is to call your local homeless shelter and ask what types of clothing and sizes they need. You can also contact local churches to see if they have any outreach programs you can donate to.
If you’re trying to find where to donate women’s professional clothing, several places aim to improve the lives of underserved women. Donating your gently used business attire can help these women get a leg-up in life.
I recommend starting with a search for local non-profits to see what you find. From there, you can evaluate your options and decide which organization you’d like to gift your gently used business attire to.