Dressing appropriately for an interview, career fair, or networking event is key to boosting your confidence and helping you make a great first impression.
Thanks to the generous donation from alumni donors and our recruiting partners, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, we offer the Clothing Closet free of charge to make sure you have everything you need to be successful in your job search!
The Clothing Closet allows current students from the five schools we serve to borrow suits and accessories to attend an interview, career fair, or professional networking event. We have black suits for women in sizes of W0 to W16. Each suit set includes a jacket, skirt and pants. Women can also select pearl earrings as accessories. We have black/navy (select sizes) suits for men in sizes M38 to M46. Also available are white dress shirts, dress shoes, ties, belts and overcoats for the winter.
To request a suit, please read and complete a policy agreement form. Once we’ve received your request, we’ll send you a confirmation email. When preparing for an interview or event, please keep in mind that submitting a Clothing Closet request does not guarantee a reservation. Also, please remember that these items are loaned to you, so returning them in the condition you received them helps us provide the Clothing Closet to your friends. Before you check out a suit, be sure to familiarize yourself with our policies regarding return dates and damages. Also, you’re welcome to try on your suit to ensure a great fit before you check it out.
In addition to our generous donors and Macy’s and Bloomingdales, we would like to thank Ye Olde Dry Cleaners for providing cleaning services for our Clothing Closet suits.
How do I reserve a suit?
Read and Complete the Policy Agreement Form
In order to borrow a suit, you’ll have to read and subit the policy agreement form. Please review the agreement carefully. Clothing Closet suits are University property and you’ll be responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen items. If you don’t follow the Clothing Closet policies, you will be subject to Dean’s discipline. It is very important that you return suits in a timely manner. Failure to return a suit in wearable condition by the due date means that the student next in line will be left without a suit for his or her interview.
Submit a Suit Request Form to See if Your Size is Available
After you have completed the policy agreement form, you will automatically be taken to the Suit Request form. Select your suit size and indicate what week you will need to borrow it. We will check to see if your desired suit is available and let you know via email. Requests must be submitted at least two business days prior to the week you would like to reserve the suit.
Reserve Your Suit
If you receive an email confirming that your suit is available and has been reserved, you may come to pick it up on Monday between 1PM and 4PM. If your suit is not available, we suggest that you go back to the request form and try selecting another date or another suit size. Your confirmation email will also indicate the date your suit must be returned.
Pick Up Your Suit
CCE is located in East Campus, Lower Level. Suit pick-ups are on Mondays, 1PM — 4PM. Please check the suit before leaving to make sure that it is not damaged when you receive it. When you return the suit, it will be inspected for stains and tears. You will be responsible for any stains or damage that was not there when you picked it up.
Return Your Suit on or Before the Due Date
The confirmation email you receive will include the date that your suit must be returned. Suits must be returned by 4PM on Friday unless our office is closed. Please note that we’re not open on weekends, holidays, or during CCE-sponsored career fairs. If your suit is due on a day when we’re closed, please return the suit by noon on next day we are open. Please call the front desk at (212) 854-5609 if you have any questions.
Do I have to dry clean the suit before I return it?
No. We have our suits dry cleaned on a regular basis.
Can I reserve more than one suit at a time?
No. In order to accomodate as many requests as possible, you can only reserve one suit at a time. Once you’ve returned your suit, you’re welcome to submit another request.
What do I do if I stain the suit?
If you stain a suit, please do not dry clean the suit on your own. We dry clean our suits on a regular basis to make our suits last as long as possible. If the stain still does not come off after cleaning, you may be subject to a damage fee.
What do I do if I rip the hem?
If you damage a suit, you’ll be subject to a fine. The fine is $25 — $40 for minor repairs, $50 — $150 for moderate repairs, and $350 if the suit needs to be replaced.
What happens if the suit is ripped or stained when I get it?
If a suit is damaged when you’re checking it out, please make sure you let our staff know. We’ll make a note so you’re not responsible for the damage.
Is Monday the only day to pick up?
Yes. If you have any questions, please call the front desk at (212) 854-5609.
How long do I get to keep the suit?
The time you can borrow a suit depends on how many requests there are, and the size of the suit you’re borrowing. You can pick up the suit on a Monday, and return it the following Friday. The date you need to return your suit will be included in the email you receive confirming your reservation.
I need to use the suit for a CCE career fair that does not end until Friday evening. I won’t be able to make it back to our office by 4PM. When can I return my suit? Will I be subject to a late fee if I bring it in on Monday?
No. If you’re borrowing a suit for a CCE-sponsored career fair, you may return the suit the next day that our office is open. You will not be subject to a late fee.
I need to use the suit for an interview or information session on Friday afternoon or over the weekend, so I cannot return the suit by 4PM on Friday. Can I return the suit on Monday? Will I be charged a late fee?
Unfortunately, suits cannot be checked out over the weekend. If you have a special circumstance, please call the CRC at (212) 854-5609 to discuss your situation.
What do I do if I lose a suit?
If you lose a suit, you are subject to a $350 replacement fee.
What happens if I can’t return the suit on time?
Please call the CRC at (212) 854-5609 to discuss your situation.
I don’t need the suit anymore; what should I do?
If you make a reservation, but decide you no longer need the suit, you must cancel your request at least 2 business days in advance. Failure to do so means that another student who may have wanted the suit is unable to check it out. To cancel your reservation, please call (212) 854-5609.