Career Outfitters

In accordance with the Virginia Tech COVID-19 information for the university community, Career and Professional Development is continuing to make adjustments to our services and programming. With the closure of the Smith Career Center until further notice, we are currently not able to accept donations for Career Outfitters. We regret any inconvenience, and we are grateful to the community for the many donations we have received for our program, and we look forward to being able to accept donations again in the future.

Lobby of Smith Career Center where students arrived for Career Outfitters
Hundreds of Hokies suit up at Career Outfitters event

Free professional attire for students

Career Outfitters is a one-day event for Virginia Tech students to shop for FREE professional attire that has been donated by community members, faculty, staff, and alumni. All Virginia Tech students are welcome. No appointment is needed. First-come, first-served.
SPRING 2020 shopping date:
Fri. Jan. 31, 2020: 10am-3pm. Smith Career Center.

View Career Outfitters on Handshake.

More about Career Outfitters:

  • Get ready for career fairs, interviews and networking events with appropriate professional attire.
  • We offer men’s and women’s clothing in a variety of sizes, as well as shoes and accessories. Our inventory has been donated by generous community members. All inventory will be available at the start of shopping.
  • Limit of one outfit per student [suit or equivalent, shirt/blouse and one accessory].
  • We are happy to assist with sizing but it is helpful if you know your size before arriving.
  • Dressing rooms will be available for trying on clothes.
  • Plan enough time to wait in line, shop, try on clothing items, and check out.
  • #SuitUpHokies

Donations suspended until further notice

In accordance with the Virginia Tech COVID-19 information for the university community, Career and Professional Development is continuing to make adjustments to our services and programming. With the closure of the Smith Career Center until further notice, we are currently not able to accept donations for Career Outfitters. We regret any inconvenience, and we are grateful to the community for the many donations we have received for our program, and we look forward to being able to accept donations again in the future.

Donations suspended

When acceptance of donations resumes:

  • We will accept donations of new and gently used professional attire throughout the year.
  • If you have questions about delivery, or need assistance dropping off a large donation, please call our office in advance to schedule a drop-off time.
  • We are in particular need of ladies sizes 0, 2, 4, XS and Small. For men we are in need of pants sizes 30-34, jackets and suits sizes 38-42. Of course, we gratefully accept donations of all sizes.
  • More about how to donate at Career Outfitters on Facebook.

Thank you to all who have donated!

2019-2020 is our seventh academic year of offering free professional attire to students through Career Outfitters. This program launched in 2013, beginning with several months of collecting donated items for students. Starting in 2013-2014, we held the Career Outfitters shopping event once each academic year. (We had one exception in 2018-2019 when we held shopping dates in both Aug. 2018 and Feb. 2019). For the 2019-2020 academic year, we held the event in early spring semester, on January 31. Thanks to all who have donated, and thanks to many student and university employee volunteers, we have given away thousands of clothing items to Virginia Tech students.

Roanoke Times feature on the 2017 event.