A new resource from the CCPD and RPI Union
The RPI Clothes Closet is a new resource on campus for students to find appropriate professional attire. The idea was created by student, in order to help our students make a great first impression in a professional setting. The clothes closet consists of men’s and women’s professional and business casual clothing and accessories donated by volunteers of RPI faculty, staff, students, the neighboring community and companies.
There will be no fees charged to the student for using the closet. There is a small selection, but is perfect if you are in need of something quick. Students have the option to keep the item of clothing or donate it back. Students that keep an article of clothing are able to utilize the closet once a semester. If a student keeps a suit, can use it once a year. If a student chooses to donate the items back, we ask that they are dry cleaned. The Clothes Closet is located in DCC 252.
Contact John Killings at firstname.lastname@example.org or Meaghan Johnson at email@example.com to set up a time if you need to utilize the Closet.
Tips on Dressing for Success!
Men and Women
- Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or gray is best)
- Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best; pastel is next best)
- Make sure your shoes are clean and polished
- Comb your hair: conservative style and out of your face
- Trim your fingernails and make certain that they are clean
- Use minimal cologne or perfume
- Remove visible body piercing (nose/eyebrow rings)
- Wear a silk tie; the colors should complement the suit and the pattern should not be overstated
- Dark shoes; black laceups are recommended
- If you have facial hair, be sure it is well groomed
- Always wear a suit with a jacket (skirted suits are still recommended)
- Wear low heels/pumps; no sandals
- Conservative hosiery at or near skin color . . . be careful of runs
- If you wear nail polish, choose a clear or conservative color
- Wear minimal makeup (not too noticeable)
Other general suggestions: Feel free to dress very casually for employer informational meetings on campus . . . it’s expected. However, be sure to dress in interview attire if you are selected for an on campus interview. If invited for a site interview after your campus interview, be sure to clarify the dress code with your host. Normally, you would take along a suit as well as business casual clothes. Remember that business casual means different things to different people. For men, you might consider a sports jacket with khakis. For women, a blazer or dressy cardigan sweater with dress pants/khakis are just a few suggestions.