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Career Clothing Closet

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Help us make the Professional Clothing Closet an amazing experience for our students in need of business attire.  

About our Clothing Closet

The UAFS Career Services office is excited to renovate and reimagine the Career Clothing Closet on our campus. The Closet has professional clothing items of many styles and sizes available for UAFS Students to utilize for an interview, job, internship, or any event requiring business attire. Local community professionals have donated their clean, gently used professional clothing items such as dress shirts, suits, skirts, pants, ties, belts, dresses, shoes, and more. All of these items are offered to students at no charge, and they can keep those items.  

We are utilizing space in the 51 Street Annex building – we have one room for men’s clothing and another room for women’s clothing, adjoined by a changing room/restroom. Each room has a vanity with two closets, but we desperately need additional clothing racks, shoe racks, and storage for ties, belts, and donations. We also need signage in the building and in front of the building, so students know where we are located. 

With costs rising all over the country, it can easily cost over $350 for a full suit, including a shirt, coordinating pants/skirt, jacket, and shoes. We know that many of our students must carefully budget to pay bills, buy groceries, and pay tuition. UAFS prides itself on our career-driven education, and the Clothing Closet is another way we can provide students with the tools and confidence they need walking into an interview or new job. Our Career Services staff can make sure they have 2-3 pieces of clothing to put together several professional outfits. We hope to purchase popular clothing pieces (like black pants and dress socks) in multiple sizes to have more contemporary, new options available for students. We are in the early stages of developing a “Regalia Rental” option for students to borrow a cap and gown for graduation if they cannot purchase one.  

"This Clothing Closet is one of my favorites, yet one of our most under-utilized resources on campus. This space has so much potential! We are excited to make it more of a shopping experience with a boutique feel so that students feel comfortable picking out clothing items just as if they were in a retail store. When a student has an interview or new job opportunity, we want to give them all the tools they need to succeed. This is just another way we can make our Lions career-ready without worrying about the cost of a new suit or professional outfit.”

-Susan Krafft, Executive Director of Career Services 


“I am an Education Major living on a smaller income. While in the School of Education, we are required to dress and act professionally. Every day I am out in the local schools observing and being observed. I have never had a professional wardrobe before the program. I found out about the Clothing Closet at the Annex. I made my way over in hopes of finding something that fit and would help me feel more professional among my peers. I found not only that but helpful and kind service. I am a plus-sized woman, and the closet had plenty to choose from, including shoes! I left the Clothing Closet with an armful of professional dressed clothing and a smile on my face. This is an amazing and FREE service that is provided and should be taken advantage of!”

-Amber Williams, Middle Childhood Education Major

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