Helping Students Dress for Success


SGA is launching the Colby Clothes Closet to help students get access to clothes they may need.

By Stephen Colllins '74

Students who need a business suit or a dress, dress shoes, or some other item of professional clothing for a job interview or a formal dinner soon may be able to look their best without draining their bank account, with help from a new Colby Clothes Closet being established by the Student Government Association.

SGA President Jacob Fischer '09 traces the idea of a lending stock of professional attire to Associate Director of Admissions Denise Walden, who heard about a similar initiative at Harvard. Recognizing a wide range of clothing needs among students as they pursue formal interviews for internships, real-world jobs, even formal social events, Fischer worked this fall to organize the SGA effort. Now he's soliciting donations of business attire in good condition that can be part of the new Colby Clothes Closet. The Office of Campus Life is working with SGA to help receive donations and establish the wardrobe. Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Palmer McAuliff '08 is helping find space for the clothes closet.

Fischer explained that it may serve any student who didn't come to campus with a business suit, or it could assist students facing what Echo writer Anna Keleman called “interviewing fashion emergencies."

“People like the idea,” Fischer said after presenting it to trustees and publicizing it in the Echo. He imagines a clothes closet well-stocked with a range of sizes of men's and women's attire and a system where students make appointments and privately select needed items. Tutorials will be posted in the room about how to tie neckties, what's a proper fit for dress shirts etc. SGA will cover cleaning costs, working with student-operated Lazy Mule Laundry service, Fischer said.

Parents, alumni, and others are asked to contact with questions. Appropriate contributions can be shipped to the Office of Campus Life, 4280 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, Maine 04901 in care of Jacob Fischer. Fischer said men's and women's clothes including blazers, suits, dress trousers, dresses, shoes, ties, blouses, and shirts, are needed.

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