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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

In respecting COVID-19 and directives from the University of Tennessee administration, Smokey’s Closet is closed.

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

Clothing Drive: Smokey’s Closet will accept donations year-round. Drop off new or gently used, contemporary clothing by first emailing to schedule a time OR organize a clothing drive in your office/department.


When is Smokey’s Closet open? Smokey’s Closet is open from 12:00-4:00pm each Friday afternoon with hours resuming in the fall 2020. The Closet will be closed during the summer but you may email to schedule a time if you have a need. Check the UT Event Calendar for the full schedule of open dates each semester. If the times are not convenient, you can email to schedule an appointment to visit.

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? Greve Hall Hall, Rooms G2 & G6.

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! To schedule a time, please email

Where can I donate money? Donate through our Smokey’s Closet Fund!

Who runs Smokey’s Closet? Smokey’s Closet is a partnership between Student Government Association and the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration. An SGA committee recruits volunteers to assist throughout the year. We also have 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 30% coupon to be used on select professional brands!


When are the Suit Up Sundays? The next Suit Up event will be Sunday, September 20, 2020

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!