Many college students get interviews for summer jobs, and many of them don’t have $100 or $200 to spend on a new, professional outfit.
So the University of Kentucky Student Government Association has opened Wildcat Wardrobe, a donation-based closet, filled with professional clothes for women and men. Located in a former study room in Blazer Dining Hall, the wardrobe will be open 1 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday or by appointment.
“Professional clothing is a huge financial burden,” said Rowan Reid, SGA president. “We thought this would really serve student needs. I’m really glad we saw it through.”
The opening-day clothes were donated by faculty, particularly from the College of Law, where officials had contemplated opening a similar venue. Right now, the wardrobe could use all kinds of women’s clothes and smaller men’s clothes, said Blair Johnson, SGA communications director, who is running the project.
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UK student Winnie Pitcock came to the opening Wednesday and immediately found a blue lace skirt that she tried on next door. “It’s cute and it fits,” she said. And, she noted, it’s free.
To make a donation of clean, gently worn professional clothing or to get more information about Wildcat Wardrobe, contact email@example.com.