Life is busy, we get it. We’re women that are capable of multi-tasking and kicking goal after goal whether that’s at work, at home, with our children, friends or family - we’re givers without realising it. That’s why it’s so important to give back to ourselves as well. So, consider this your weekly REMINDER to do so.
With everything going on internally and externally during this time of growth, we know how important it is to have some things remain the same, like comfortable and fitting clothes. When designing our next generation maternity workwear range, we considered how women would feel in our garments, not just look
Transparency is a value that Co Gear holds high, and one that we believe can benefit everyone, no matter what type of business you’re in. It goes beyond just telling the truth and not everyone finds it easy to open themselves up enough to become transparent. It requires getting to know yourself, your brand, your value’s, and your truths.
The world got turned upside down for a lot of us in 2020 and the fear of another crazy year ahead lingers but we are here to encourage you to let go of fear and to embrace what’s ahead. How can you do that you may be thinking, well we have come up with an aspiration worksheet to get you started! It’s all about laying the foundation for a positive start to the New Year and practicing gratitude every day.
24 weeks pregnant and this time around I'm grateful to be working mostly from home. My first pregnancy was totally different - I was working the 9-5 job and dreaded choosing what to wear daily. Everything was either too tight, uncomfortable or just didn't look right. It was easy enough to find maternity singlets, tights and casual (not so stylish) t-shirts, but maternity work pants? A rare occurrence! You could even see that some brands just slapped a piece of extra material onto their garments and called it maternity – a poor excuse for what should be a functional and supportive wardrobe essential for pregnant women.
Okay, so it’s not just the love for bargain shopping that makes the Co Gear team a big fan of op shops – it’s about how it reduces the impact on our environment as well. Opting to purchase second-hand saves additional pollutants such as dyes and bleach being released into the environment, as opposed to when new garments are made.
In our own advocacy for women’s rights, workplace inclusion and the end of gender discrimination, we will continue to learn from Ruth’s trail blazing leadership and courage. She’s a true reminder of our “why” here at Co Gear and someone we will never forget.
Co Gear has a name for creating industrial hi-vis Women’s Workwear, focusing on our innovative next generation maternity range, but here we are changing the game yet again with the release of Sandy. Women’s Workwear includes a broad range of styles and designs and we can proudly say that Sandy is versatile enough to stretch across multiple industries. Not only for the working woman but a staple, timeless, must-have piece for any busy woman's wardrobe.
There’s a misconception around aging and the milestones we are expected to meet along the way. There are no rules (or timelines) when it comes to finding your purpose, starting a new endeavour or even finding love. Women's Workwear brand, Co Gear, discusses the importance of being open to change, at any age.
Collaborations are an integral part of the Co Gear business and a key element to our success. We listen, we think outside the box and we create innovative women's workwear that makes a difference. Working along side BHP has opened so many doors for us and created opportunities to connect with the working women that Co Gear was created to support.
Let’s start with some positive statistics! 2020 can’t all be doom and gloom now can it. Access to parental leave has improved significantly with 50% more employers offering primary care leave (dad’s included!), the best results in 6 years. Companies like Accenture have seen a 330% increase in fathers taking parental leave – now this is some news we can celebrate!
There seems to be a silent rule of keeping pregnancies on the hush until the second trimester however if you're unwell or simply want to share the news - just do it! Confiding in your boss can take the pressure off hiding in the toilet or battling nausea during work.
“Now the reason why my uniform affected my confidence was simple. It was because it was a man's uniform, a uniform made for the person who “should” be doing this job. So, it's pretty safe to say when my Impostor Syndrome was working overtime it was easy for me to say "I shouldn't be doing this job. I'm playing dress-up in men's clothing for a man's role after all."
Companies will argue that there’s “unisex” options available but how inclusive are they really? Is it not just men’s clothing that’s been labelled as an afterthought to “include” women? Well we think it’s a dismal excuse to gloss over the elephant in the room. Unisex industrial workwear is not designed with women in mind.
Join us as Kym answers questions about the emotions surrounding Co Gear's rebrand, the creative process and how we got where we are today. It's been a journey but as Kym describes, it was all worth it to bring working women the industrial clothing options they deserve.
It’s been a huge time for Co Gear with the launch of our Next Generation Maternity Workwear range and the rebrand. Not to mention even more new products arriving in the coming weeks (keep your eyes open for news on our Alison and Sandy cargo pants). Amidst this productive time, there’s been a massive focus on self discovery and remaining positive.
Co Gear is here to change the stigma, bringing you maternity options that are shaped to your body, can be worn after pregnancy and that are designed to personalise your journey. Whether you choose the Suzie or Sue pants, you don't have to lose that sense of self.
It’s not easy to work full-time and commit to study. Studying is time-consuming and mentally draining and is probably the last thing you feel like doing after a long day at work. But, if you want to get ahead in your career without losing your income, studying can get you there.
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