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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

Smokey’s ClosetSmokey's Closet Logo

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

FAQ

When is Smokey’s Closet? Smokey’s Closet has pop-up shops twice a year (in the fall before the job fairs and in the spring TBD). Additionally, students can email smokeyscloset@utk.edu 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? Individual appointments will be held in Dunford Hall, level 3. The Pop-Up Shop has been in the Center for Career Development.

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? The Pop-Up Shop 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? TBA

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 smokeyscloset@utk.edu 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!

 

FAQ

When are the Suit Up Sundays? The next Suit Up event will be Sunday, January 28, 2018

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

What time is the event? 6:30pm-10pm

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 career@utk.edu 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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