60 Island Street
Andover, MA 01840
United States
Uncommon Threads / A program of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley

When a woman views herself as strong and capable, she can move forward.

Uncommon Threads has empowered over 1,000 women by tapping into the power of clothes and image as tools for boosting self-esteem and self-worth. 

We take a unique “outside-in/inside-out” approach to lifting women up by using clothes and style as tools for increasing self-worth. To access services clients must be low-income and referred by a social service or health professional. Our clients include domestic violence survivors, disabled women, female veterans, homeless women, women in recovery, and the elderly.

Clients receive a private styling session with one of our “volunteer stylists” to learn their best styles and colors and how to dress to project a positive image. They receive up to four complete outfits for a suggested $10.00 donation to the program (easily waived if it is not affordable). Our goal is for women to feel nurtured, beautiful and confident by changing the way they view themselves and the way they are perceived by others. Although we can dress a woman for a job interview or the workplace, we can also style women who are not able to work due to emotional trauma, age or circumstances. We believe that all women deserve to feel beautiful.

Uncommon Threads is evolving into a “women’s center”. Monthly self-esteem focused workshops and groups provide women with information as well as a place to connect with other women (breaking the feeling of isolation). Future plans include a mentoring program (called Uncommon Friends), as well as stress management and beauty services.

Our new “Senior Style” program brings that boutique to women in nursing homes! Our first pilot with Nevin’s Nursing and Rehabilitation in Methuen was so successful that we will be expanding the program to other nursing facilities.