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Professional Clothing Options

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. There is a difference in business professional and business casual clothing, but it can be hard to define. In fact, standards of dress may vary between industries and companies. The Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration encourages students to understand the difference and always ask for clear clothing expectations for an interview, class presentation, work, and more. At UT, we have resources to help you dress sharp and feel confident in all of your professional environments.

Business Professional Clothing

Business Professional Clothing is usually used for attending job fairs, interviews, and certain networking events. There are some select industries and companies that wear Business Professional clothing for every day work wear. The Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration recommends that if there is ever any doubt on attire expectations students should wear business professional clothing. Business Professional attire includes a full matching suit typically in neutral colors like black, navy, or gray. View this graphic for examples: Business Professional Attire – Dress for Success

Business Casual Clothing

Business Casual Clothing is usually used for class presentations, information sessions, and certain casual networking events. Business casual clothing is utilized as every day work wear for certain industries and companies. Business Casual attire includes a dress shirt with dress pants or skirts. View this graphic for examples: Business Casual Attire – Dress for Success

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Smokey’s Closet provides free, gently used professional clothing and accessories to ALL students (including undergraduate and graduate) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Location: Student Union Room 376C

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Contact Phone Number:Ā (865) 974-0858


You can find more information regarding shopping hours and how to donate on the Dean of Students website.


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