Dress for Success

Sebastian's Closet is a free clothing rental service for UM students.
Did you know your clothing choice for that upcoming interview or career fair really does matter? Whether it's right or not, first impressions can make or break a candidate's chances in landing their dream job and the clothing you choose has the potential to impact others' perceptions of you. If you're ever unsure about a clothing choice, don't hesitate to stop by the Toppel Career Center for advice.

Sebastian's Closet

Do you need professional clothes for an upcoming career fair, interview, or networking event? Clothing from Sebastian’s Closet can be rented for many career-related purposes. We carry a variety of professional dress items including suits and suit separates for all genders.

To rent clothing, please visit the Toppel Career Center during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm) and ask to see what clothing options are available. Please note that we cannot guarantee the size or type of clothing you need will be in stock. Clothing can be rented for a maximum of seven days. 

Sebastian's Closet is primarily stocked through the generous donations of students, parents, alumni, and friends of the University. If you would like to donate clothing, please contact Brian Malcolm. Sebastian's Closet is a partnership with Student Government.

What to Wear

Your outfit choice for an interview or typical work day will vary based on industry and even company. The traditional recommendation is to wear conservative colors, like gray, black, or charcoal; however, other industries may embrace brighter colors or more informal attire. In most cases, however, you will be better off dressing professionally than being underdressed. We urge you do your research on your specific industry and organization. For example, for jobs in finance, the traditional attire tends to be more appropriate; however, if you're interviewing at a gallery or a start-up tech company, you may be better off wearing something more casual. Checkout our Pinterest boards for additional looks appropriate for your job search.

Guide to dressing for success detailing what is and is not acceptable business professional attire.