UMKC Career Services launches Professional Wardrobe Program

Halloween is around the corner, but UMKC students are dressing up for a different reason this month.

UMKC Career Services launched its Professional Wardrobe Program on Sept. 6, making business attire available to students free of charge.

The program is offered to all students, regardless of major. Students can choose five pieces of clothing or accessories from a wide range of professional apparel to wear for interviews, internships, career fairs, or any other occasion.

The collection can dress a student from head to toe with dresses and heels, suits and ties, or even finer details like cufflinks and purses. While the clothing offered is donated, it is also carefully chosen and professionally cleaned.

The program began accepting donations last June and has now amassed around 500 items. While they are no longer looking for clothing donations, the program is in need of monetary contribution to professionally clean the assemblage.

The operation is largely run by Janet Dexter of Career Services, who said the program is her “labor and love.”

According to Dexter, a program like this is important to college students who may not be able to afford new clothing or have past knowledge on professional wear.

Since a part of professional attire is a proper fit, she ensures students do not leave with clothing that doesn’t fit them correctly.

Most importantly, she makes sure they leave with clothing that makes them feel confident.

Students interested in the Professional Wardrobe Program can make an appointment on their Handshake account and visit the site at Room 426 in the School of Biological Sciences building.

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