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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 and Casual Dress Defined

Explore the links below for more information about what UT considers professional and casual attire.

Business Professional Attire – Dress for Success

Business Casual Attire – Dress for Success

Smokey’s ClosetSmokey's Closet Logo

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

Fall Clothing Drive: Seasons are changing and Smokey’s Closet is accepting donations. Drop off new or gently used, contemporary clothing during the regularly scheduled hours OR organize a clothing drive in your office/department.


When is Smokey’s Closet open? Smokey’s Closet will be open on Tuesday and Fridays from 12pm-4pm in Dunford Hall 2326 (excluding holiday breaks).

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 a Smokey’s Closet committee member. We definitely want you to feel comfortable

Where can I donate clothing? We accept donations throughout the year! The drop-off location is Smokey’s Closet in Dunford Hall 2326 on Tuesday and Friday from 12-4 PM. For an additional time, please email

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? Winter Suit Up Sunday, January 27, 2019

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

What time is the event? 6:00pm-9:00pm

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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