The University of Tennessee’s Center for Career Development looks to help students dress for success again this year through Smokey’s Closet.
Smokey’s Closet is an event that gives students an opportunity to receive free professional clothing, which will allow students to look the part at job fairs, interviews, and more.
The event takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and again on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Breé Shepard, a graduate teaching assistant at the Center for Career Development, explained, “Smokey’s Closet is for every single student at UT … Any student can benefit from this.”
The event gives students a variety of clothing to choose from, with offerings ranging from suits and ties to business skirts and shoes. All the students have to do to is have their resume uploaded to H
ire-A-Vol or bring it in to be critiqued.
Last year, Smokey’s Closet helped around 250 students in the fall and another 50 in the spring, donating more than a thousand articles of clothing. By the end of day one this year, Smokey’s Closet had seen and helped over 150 students.
Jesse Parks, a freshman at UT, learned of the event through a friend, “It’s a really cool opportunity.” Parks plans to use his new suit to dress the part for the UT Debate Team.
The goal of Smokey’s Closet is to outfit students for success – no matter the cause. “Everybody needs a nice suit,” Shepard said.
In addition to the two day pop-up event, retailer J.C. Penney is partnering with the university to give UT students an extra 40 percent off select men’s and women’s apparel. This event is on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 6:30 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m.