Career Closet

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What is the Career Closet? 

Job interviews, career fairs and networking events are all about presentation. Career Closet is here to help you put your best foot forward and nail that first impression by providing FREE professional attire once per semester. 

How does it work?

Once per semester you can come pick out a full professional outfit. 

Make an appointment on Handshake to come in and browse for your next professional look. 

The outfit is yours to keep! 

Career Closet FAQ's

What is the Career Closet? 

The Career Closet is here to make sure students have access to FREE professional clothes and outfits that they may otherwise not be able to get. Students and alumni can shop the closet to select one professional outfit to keep per semester for interviews or work. These lightly used clothes have been donated through the generosity of Old Westbury staff, students, faculty, and community members.  

Job interviews, Career fairs and networking events are all about presentation – how you present yourself, your skills, your talents. You must bring your A-game. CPD’s Career Closet is here to help you put your best foot forward and nail that first impression by making sure you have the appropriate professional attire for your interview or other professional business meetings.  

Disclaimer: Items and sizes available vary due to donations and student usage. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, come back in a few weeks! 

Can I try on clothing before taking it?  

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we are not allowing students to try on the clothing beforehand. However, students are more than welcome to return clothing that doesn’t fit them! 

Does the Career Closet carry clothing in my size? 

The career closet strives to be size inclusive and offers a variety of clothing in a range of sizes. If, by chance, we don’t have something in your size, please let us know so we can expand our offerings! 

How do I make a donation to the Career Closet?

The CPD Career Closet at SUNY Old Westbury accepts donations of clean, stylish, interview and business appropriate clothing from students, staff, faculty, and the community. Guidelines for donations can be found below. Items may be dropped off at the Office of Career Planning & Development (Campus Center H211) during open hours of operation or at the Career Closet (Student Union 301) by appointment.  

Items we are seeking:

Suits/Trousers/Skirts
  • Suit skirts or dress pants 
  • Sport coats and blazers 
  • No rips, tears, or stains 
  • Knee length or lower for skirts 
  • No buttons missing 
  • No loud or garish prints 
  • Suits/Trousers/Skirts 
Blouses/Tops/Shirts
  • Preferably white or solid colors 
  • No revealing necklines 
  • No garish colors or prints 
  • Sleeves or sleeveless (to wear under a suit or blazer) 
  • No perspiration stains 
  • Button-down collared shirt for men  
  • Cardigans 
Shoes (New or Gently Worn) 
  • Solid color pumps 
  • Sensible heels (no stilettos or oversized platforms) 
  • Closed toe and heel 
  • Flats with soles 
  • Men’s dress shoes in black or brown 
Accessories 
  • Ties 
  • Jewelry 
  • Pocket books, handbags, messenger bags 
  • Hangers

**While we appreciate your support, please note that the students look best in traditional – not outdated – styles.

A Guide on How to Dress for Your Next Job Interview

Business Professional: Job Interviewing Attire  

Clothes Should Be: 

  • A suit jacket and patching pants or skirt 

  • Solid, dark, or neutral colors 

  • Light colors can be worn underneath 

  • NO stripes or bright prints/colors 

Shoes Should Be: 

  • Closed-toe heels or dress shoes 

Bring Essentials Only: 

  • Cellphones should be turned off and kept away along with your other personal items. 

  • Carry a portfolio, professional bag, or a simple purse to store these items. 

Business Casual: Daily Work Attire 

Clothes Should Be: 

  • Nice pants/slacks 

  • Dresses and Skirts (These should be knee length when standing and thighs covered while seated)

  • Blazers and Cardigans 

  • Ties optional 

  • No jeans, shorts, sundresses, or athletic wear 

Shoes Should Be: 

  • Flats, boots, closed-toe shoes, or comfortable shoes for walking in.  

General Recommendations: It’s All About the First Impression 

Clothes Should Be: 

  • Tailored 

  • In good condition 

  • Wrinkle and lint free 

  • Your shoes should be neat and clean dress shoes. 

  • Belts should match the color of your shoes and clothes.  

  • Your hair should be well groomed, and your nails and makeup should be natural. 

  • Wear moderate jewelry and mild fragrance.  

  • Make sure your piercings and tattoos align to the company culture or standards.