To donate

What: Slightly used business attire and accessories

When: Now through Sept. 16

Where: Drop boxes at Career Services, Alumni Association or any Art Cleaners in Boulder.

More: tinyurl.com/suityourself

University of Colorado Career Services is accepting donations for its eighth annual Suit Yourself sale — an event that gives students an opportunity to buy used business attire for low prices.

The sale, Sept. 20 in the Center for Community, will be one of Career Services’ first events of the fall semester. Donations of clean, slightly used business clothes are being accepted in the Career Services office in the Center for Community or in drop boxes at the Alumni Association and any Arts Cleaners in Boulder, now through Sept. 15.

Prices will remain low, allowing students to buy an entire interview-ready outfit for around $30.

This year, students will get a preview of the clothes available during a pre-sale fashion show on Sept. 15, said Lisa Lovett, internship coordinator for Career Services.

“We haven’t done this since the first year,” Lovett said. “We leave it up to the student groups helping out to decide if they want to do it.”

CU groups helping to organize Suit Yourself — Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity Center (BOLD) and the Multicultural Business Students Association — chose to spend money on a fashion show, said Dua Chaker, a BOLD member.

“We’re going to have models in clothes that are on sale so students have an opportunity to see them on another student instead of on the hanger,” Chaker said. “We also have a segment with commentary on what’s appropriate and what’s not.”

Student volunteers will walk the runway at the University Memorial Center with commentary from local fashion consultant Marian Rothschild.

Chaker said the fashion show will be a fun way to help students see what is available at the sale.

The student groups split the sale’s profits, which was almost $8,000 last year, Lovett said.

Last year, nearly 700 students attended and the event grows by about 100 students every year, Lovett said.

With the economy still in recovery and thousands of new graduates competing for jobs, dressing the part is key to nailing the interview and getting the job, she said.

“Generally, appearances are huge when interviewing for anything from internship to job,” Lovett said. “It’s the first step to making a good impression on the person.”

Style consultants and tailors will also be available at the sale to help students find the most appropriate outfit for their body type or specific interview, Chaker said.

The sale is two weeks before Career Services’ Fall Career and Internship Fair.

“For some students this is a chance to see how others at the career fair will be dressed,” Lovett said.

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