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Finding Affordable Professional Attire

"Dress for Success". We have all heard this common adage before, and there is definitely meaning behind it! Over the years, there have been various studies showing that our clothes and overall style can affect how we feel and how others perceive us. With that being said, the topic of dressing for success often comes up in the world of work. When you are interviewing for a job or attending a networking event, first impressions are critical. You’re marketing yourself to a potential employer and the first thing they see is your clothing. Of course, just dressing properly won’t get you the job, but it will likely give you a boost of confidence and create a positive first impression.

Figuring out what to wear for interviews, employer networking events, work, etc. can be a source of anxiety for anyone. Factor in a college student budget -- and there’s likely an added layer of stress.


If finding affordable, professional clothes can be a challenge for you, there are stores, organizations, and events to check out. The upcoming JCPenney Suit-Up Sale on September 8th 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Polaris Mall is in collaboration with Ohio State and offers up to 60% discount on professional attire. More information can be found HERE.

In addition, check out these retailers:

The Office of Student Life also organizes a Career Closet event for all Ohio State students who are looking to obtain gently-used, free professional attire. Students who may not have the budget to purchase an outfit are especially encouraged to attend. For more information regarding this event, please contact studentlife@osu.edu.

“Dress how you want to be addressed.” - Unknown

About the author

Kaitlin Hohenberger

Kaitlin Hohenberger is a Career Counselor at Engineering Career Services.