A couple of weeks ago I headed to Smart Works in Reading, one of many Smart Works branches across the UK; to not only check out their preview for the preloved Autumn event, but to hear and see first hand the great work Smart Works can be for unemployed women, who are in need of an outfit and upskilling their interview skills, to nail that job interview.

On the night, I met Marie, a personal stylist who took me around the styling studio and explained how the process works.

Once an unemployed woman secures that job interview, she can make an appointment with Smart Works to get the support she needs to transform herself, giving her the faith to walk confidently in to that interview, with a potential new employer and talk all about why she is the right candidate to be hired.

Hearing the stories of how these women find themselves unemployed or lacking confidence to take the steps they need; it was really impressive to see how, within a couple of hours, with a professional personal stylist and a professional interviewing coach, just how confident they become and leave Smart Works ready to take action.

Best yet, it works! Smart Works can confidently boast that 69% of women secure the job and in ten years they have helped 32,000 women, and they are not stopping there.


When I saw, that Smart Works have collaborated with 11 fashion brands, to buy fashion for Autumn-Winter 2023 – I wanted to share this with you.

Curated by Smart Works ambassador, Isabel Spearman, the collection marks the charity’s 10th anniversary and will raise vital funds & awareness to help more unemployed women into work. Every brand involved has made a generous commitment to donate proceeds from each piece sold, to Smart Works, supporting their great work and focus on doubling the number of women they reach to 10,000 per year by 2025.

There is nothing quite like shopping for yourself, when you know you are helping a fellow sister.

Enjoy, Lizzi x


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Albaray – Dark Wash Full Length Wide Leg Jeans – £79
Wide leg indigo jeans cut with a flattering silhouette and higher waist. Featuring the classic 5 pocket detail and concealed button fly, they are crafted from 100% organic cotton.

ALIGNE – Blazer – £199
Finished in a rich, deep wine hue, this blazer features a wrap front with a single offset button and a functional strap on the back to cinch the waist. Wear together with the trousers for confident coordination.

ALIGNE – Trouser – £149
Made from lightweight, fluid fabric, the trousers are cut for a flattering silhouette with a high-rise waist. Wear together with the blazer for head-to-toe coordination.

Camilla Elphick – Alicia Emerald & Black Flats – £240
The Alicia slingback flats are made from gorgeous emerald metallic leather with a black leather toe cap. They feature a delicate cross stitch detail and the most ornate oversized pearl buckle – the brand’s signature detailing.

Cefinn – Stella Silk Shirt in Hot Pink – £290
Effortlessly sexy, the Stella shirt is designed in 100% silk with feminine ruffle detailing and delicate rouleaux buttons. “The Stella is bold, beautiful and exudes confidence – just how I would like the woman wearing it to feel” says Cefinn Founder, Samantha Cameron.

Jigsaw – Wool Maxi City Coat – £385
A timeless green maxi coat in pure, lustrous wool with a horn button fastening. Fully lined with contrast internal piping and melton undercollar for the ultimate finish.

Marie is one of the Personal Stylists at Smart Works Reading


Lisou – Iona Green Checkmate Print Silk Jacquard Skirt – £395
A sleek and chic A line midi skirt with a green, red and brown diamond print. With a concealed zip on the side and front pocket detail, this silk jacquard skirt is the perfect solution for a distinct work-to-play style.

ME+EM – Merino Jacquard Vest – £150
Designed using 100% Merino Wool, this vest’s monochrome palette and striking jacquard pattern prove you don’t need bright colour to make a statement.

Missoma – Twisted Medium Hoop Earrings – £89
These medium-sized hoops feature a delicate twisted design, and are perfect for every day to elevate any outfit. Jewellery is often our armour and with these hoops you can feel confident wherever you go.

RIXO – Red Poppy Jacquard Zadie Dress – £255
RIXO’s favourite lady in red, with a poppy-patterned jacquard for occasions or weekly wear. ‘If I had to distil my signature style into just one garment, it would be the Zadie. A dress that feels special and can be worn all day is always a winner,’ says Co-Founder Orlagh.

TBCo – Berry Houndstooth Oversized Lambswool Scarf – £72
Designed in Scotland and woven from sustainable lambswool, this oversized TBCo scarf features a timeless houndstooth pattern in a mix of berry and apricot hues.

VARLEY – Vine Half-Zip Pullover in Mushroom – £125
A VARLEY classic, the Vine effortlessly blends function, elegance and style in a distinctive oversized design. This versatile pullover is produced in an Ottoman rib, with a high, oversized collar, exaggerated sleeves and a contemporary hoop zipper.



To find out more about the great work at Smart Works visit their website or follow on Instagram

A special thanks to Marie from Smart Works Reading for contributing – you can follow Marie at @_mpoweredstyle




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