‘Suit Up’ with the Career Closet and JCPenney for discounted professional wear

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The Career Closet, located in Memorial Stadium, provides free professional clothing for K-State students. They are co-sponsors of the SuitUp event at JCPenney on Feb. 10. (Rowan Jones | Collegian Media Group)

Students in need of professional apparel can go to the “Suit Up” event on Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. to get 40 percent off career clothing with a valid student ID as part of a collaboration between the Kansas State University Career Closet and JCPenney in the Manhattan Town Center.

“The clothing that is eligible for the 40 percent discount is not exclusive to certain brands; it applies to anything that is considered business professional,” said Laura Wiebe, Career Closet intern and senior in apparel and textiles. “That can be tricky for some students to determine, so on each rack of clothing that applies for the discount, it will be clearly marked with a balloon indicating these are indeed 40 percent off and business professional.”

Wiebe said this is the second year of the event. She said she isn’t sure how many students attended last year, but there was a line waiting outside the door beginning at 6 p.m., 30 minutes before the start of the event.

This year, there is a new twist to Suit Up. There will be students assisting with the event called “Champions,” acting as ambassadors for the Career Closet who help set up the event. The Champions will be at JCPenney that evening to help students with whatever questions they may have.

In addition to the student discount, there will be a prize raffle, Sephora makeovers and a professional photo shoot. To be entered in the raffle, students must bring canned goods or hygiene products to donate to the Cats’ Cupboard food pantry.

“Suit Up is trying to reach all current K-State students needing clothing for interviews, internships or workwear for the office,” Wiebe said. “Pretty much anyone can benefit from this.”

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