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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

Contact Email: smokeyscloset@utk.edu

Contact Phone Number: (865) 974-0858

Shopping Hours:

Smokey’s Closet will be open at the following hours August 31st through November 18th:

  • Wednesday 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Friday 12:30pm-2:30pm

If you are unavailable during the hours listed above, you will need to schedule a shopping appointment (at least 48 hours in advance) using our Individual Appointment Form.

Clothing Donations:

We are happy to take donations of professional, contemporary clothing. If you are interested in donating, please complete our Donation Form to schedule a drop-off time at least 48 hours in advance. You will receive a confirmation email with directions. 

In general, our donation drop off times are Wednesday’s 3:00pm-4:40pm, but you can request a different time on our Donation Form.

Monetary Donations:

Monetary donations can be through our Smokey’s Closet Fund!

Smokey’s Closet wishes to thank the UTK Parents & Families Association for a 2020-2021 grant which enabled us to purchase materials needed for the move to our new location. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Smokey’s Closet is a partnership between Student Government Association, the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration and the UT National Retail Student Federation Association. An SGA committee recruits volunteers to assist throughout the year.

376C in the Student Union. The location is on the 3rd floor of the Student Union across from the Dean of Students office.

You can shop at Smokey’s Closet during our open shopping hours listed above or you can schedule a private appointment by emailing smokeyscloset@utk.edu.

Any student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville! This includes undergraduate and graduate students.

Nothing! The clothing is donated by the Knoxville and campus community so students can have professional clothing.

There is no limit on how many times students can visit Smokey’s Closet. During peak shopping times, there may be a limit on the number of clothing items a student can take each time they visit the Closet.

Smokey’s Closet is for ALL students. We want every student to feel welcome and hope that you find something to meet your clothing need. Students can schedule a private appointment by emailing smokeyscloset@utk.edu.

We are happy to take donations of professional, contemporary clothing. Please see our donation instructions listed above. If you wish you complete a clothing drive for the Closet, please email smokeyscloset@utk.edu.

Please email smokeyscloset@utk.edu to set up a time to volunteer with the Closet.