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Professional Clothing Options

Do you have a professional outfit? 

Whether you are working a part-time job or trying to find an internship at a job fair, a professional outfit in your closet is a must.  At UT, we have resources to help you dress sharp and feel confident in all of your professional environments.


Professional Dress Defined

Explore the link below for more information about what UT considers “professional” attire.

Interview Attire – Dress for Success

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Smokey’s Closet provides free, gently used professional clothing to students at UT. Students check-in and can receive one free outfit.


When is Smokey’s Closet? Smokey’s Closet will be open on Fridays from 1pm-5pm in Dunford Hall 2326.

When is Smokey’s Closet pop-up shop? April 4th and 5th from 12noon-5pm in Dunford Hall, Great Room

What if I can’t make it at that time? Students can email for appointments as needed.

How much do the outfits cost? Nothing! The clothing is donated by the Knoxville and Campus community so students can have professional clothing.

Where is Smokey’s Closet? Dunford Hall, room 2326.

What if I’m a grad student? You’re still a student! Any student is welcome at Smokey’s Closet.

What if I don’t want other students to know I shop there? Smokey’s Closet is staffed by professionals and the individual appointments are arranged with an SGA Senator. We definitely want you to feel comfortable

Where can I donate clothing? We accept donations throughout the year! The drop-off location is the Student Disability Services office at Dunford Hall. 915 Volunteer Blvd. Please call to arrange a drop-off at 865-974-6087.

Where can I donate money? Donate through our VolStarter!

Who runs Smokey’s Closet? Smokey’s Closet is a partnership between Student Government Association and the Center for Career Development. An SGA committee recruits volunteers to assist throughout the year. We also have also partnered with the Student Disability Services office, Experience Learning, the National Retail Student Federal Association, Center for Leadership and Service, the Leadership Studies Minor, and the Knoxville Alumni Chapter.

Can I volunteer? Absolutely! Email for more information.

J.C. Penney

UT is proud to have a partnership with J.C. Penney to provide students professional clothing at deep discounts!  On designated “Suit Up” Sundays throughout the school year, J.C. Penney will open its store exclusively to UT students, faculty, staff, and alumni and will give a 40% coupon to be used on select professional brands!



When are the Suit Up Sundays? Fall Suit Up TBA

Which J.C. Penney location? West Town Mall: 7600 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

What time is the event? 6:30pm-9:30pm

Which entrance do I use? Enter on the upper level where the balloons are. This is also the men’s department.

How do I get there? Drive or carpool. If you need a ride, contact and we will try to help!

Is the discount on everything? The discount applies to professional brands designated by J.C. Penney. The discount does apply to existing discounts!

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