Clothing Help

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Women's Opportunity Center (WOC)

Provides proper clothing to women who are ready to interview. A limited amount of men's clothing is available, but most individuals in need of men's wear are referred to another local agency.

Fulton Salvation Army Store

Provides low-cost clothing and household items.

Oswego Salvation Army

Clary's Closet

Clary's Closet, Inc. began when its founder, Alysia Clary saw children at her own children's elementary school in dire need of clothes. She started working with teachers, school nurses and aides, really anyone that needed assistance outfitting students. Before Alysia knew it she was on a mission to help other schools outside of her own. Currently, Clary's Closet, Inc., distributes clothing to several school age children in grades Kindergarten through eigth grades in Ononodaga County. Based on their individual needs as a student. We provide new or gently used clothing dictated by the student's needs. 

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For interviews remember First Impressions last forever

First impressions matter. Experts say we size up new people in around thirty seconds!

Deciding what to wear to an interview does not have to be a stressful part of the preparation process. Successful job interviews just as much on how you present yourself as much as how you answer the interview questions. In fact, it is your first impression so I think it matters most how you look. That’s why a smart, pulled together appearance can help convince the hiring manager that you’re a great fit for the company!

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business casual

Ladies- Simple, professional tops

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Wear a top that is comfortable, professional and conservative. Try a button-down shirt paired with a cardigan, a simple blouse with a casual jacket, a navy blue blazer or a knit sweater. Choose neutral colors and simple patterns. Avoid slouchy or oversized sweaters, ill-fitting clothes, plunging necklines and fabric that wrinkles easily. It’s also an option to wear a casual dress paired with a cardigan and simple belt.

Dress pants or a skirt

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Pair your top with black or navy slacks or a pencil skirt (knee length or longer) that have been ironed. If you’re wearing a button-down shirt, you may want to tuck it into your pants or skirt for a polished look. It’s also acceptable to wear khaki or cotton pants, as long as they look professional.

Comfortable, closed toe shoes

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For your business casual interview, wear black or brown closed-toe flats, pumps or low heels. Make sure your shoes are not scuffed, scratched or dirty, and avoid strappy sandals, flip-flops, sky-high stilettos, sneakers or brightly colored shoes.

Men- Collared shirts with long sleeves

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Wear a light-colored, pressed button-down shirt with long sleeves and a collar, and make sure it’s neatly tucked into your pants. You can wear a knit tie with a simple pattern or solid color, but this is completely optional. It’s also appropriate to layer a nice sweater over a button-down shirt for a polished business casual look. Although it’s not mandatory, consider throwing on a grey, black or navy blue blazer or lightweight sports jacket for a more pulled together outfit. Avoid wearing a polo shirt even if you’re interviewing at a laid-back company.

Dress Pants

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Crisply pressed cotton pants, light-colored chinos or khakis are great options for a business casual interview. Stick to neutral colors like grey, black, brown and navy blue, since these match many shirt colors. In some workplaces, it may be acceptable to wear dark colored jeans. If you’re not sure if jeans are appropriate in this office, wear chinos or dress pants instead.

Dark shoes with matching socks

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Choose dark-colored, freshly-polished leather shoes. You can wear brown or black loafers, lace-up dress shoes, Oxfords or another professional closed-toe shoe that compliments your outfit. Be sure to wear mid-calf length dress socks that match the color of your trousers. Avoid athletic socks.

What about accessories?

Less is more

Ladies- Keep your jewelry choices simple and professional. Avoid chunky, large or distracting bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Instead, wear simple hoop or stud earrings, a delicate necklace and one or two simple bracelets that don’t jangle. If you wear nail polish, make sure it’s unchipped and in a classic, muted color.


Men- You may choose to wear a classic wristwatch with a metal or leather band, but you should remove any distracting jewelry, such as earrings, necklaces or bracelets. Always wear a leather belt that closely matches your shoe color. You could add a simple pocket square to a blazer pocket to complete the look.

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what not to wear!!!

Flip Flops

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Athletic Shoes

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Tank Tops

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Shorts

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Underwear that sticks out or bra straps showing

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This could include the top of your boxers, briefs, etc. showing from the top of your pants or skirt, or bra straps showing.

Skirts or dresses that are too SHORT!

really short skirt

You can test this by standing and placing your arms straight down your sides. If the hem of your skirt is shorter than the end of your fingers, you may want to choose a longer one.

Shirts with too-low necklines or that expose your belly

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Perfume or cologne

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While you should smell clean, some scents are irritating to others. In a small meeting room, smell can become distracting.

Put all together for her

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Make up for a job interview should be kept simple.  Think soft and natural. Overall, a good rule of thumb is to choose shades within a close range of your skin tone. You want to make a good impression without overdoing it.

Put all together for him

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Try on your complete outfit a few days ahead of the interview to ensure everything fits properly and looks clean and professional. Do a mock interview with a friend or family member while wearing your interview outfit to see how it fits and feels. The night before, check one last time for any wrinkles, stains, holes or pet hair.