Students Offered Affordable Professional Clothing During Second  JCPenney Suit Up

Students posing with their professional attire purchases at JCPenney Suit up

The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development partnered with a local JCPenney store to offer a Suit Up event on Sunday, Aug. 26., in order to provide students access to affordable professional attire.

Through a private store opening in the Oakdale Mall location, students were offered 40% off men's and women's professional clothing, accessories, and footwear. This is the second Suit Up event held at this store. In addition to the discount, multiple resources were available for student use.

student trying on suit jacket at JCPenney Suit UpFleishman Center and JCPenney staff members were available for fitting and styling advice, Sephora staff helped students with makeup tips, while salon staff gave hairstyle tips. A free shuttle was also provided to transport students to and from campus.

"It was great to see so many BU students shopping for professional attire," said Michael Lorusso, a master's student in the public administration program. "It was inspiring to see so many take advantage of such a great program. The JCPenney staff was friendly, extremely helpful, and even helped me find the perfect sized suit."

Nearly 500 students attended the event, from freshmen to seniors and graduate students. Some reported saving over $600, and in total students saved $36,000 on professional clothing. The Fleishman Center also secured gift card donations totalling $1,000 from JCPenney, Visions Federal Credit Union, GEICO and an anonymous donor, which were distributed throughout the event.

One of the gift card winners at the JCPenney Suit Up Event

The Fleishman Center coordinates many events that call for business attire, from Job and Internship Fairs to Employer Site Visits  in NYC, Boston, and Washington, D.C. The Center recognizes the financial burden this can put on students. Rather than let the expected attire be a barrier, the Fleishman Center proudly co-coordinates this event to help students purchase professional attire on a budget.

Lexie Avery, Career Consultant at the Fleishman Center, says that the Center hopes this opportunity helps students approach the professional world with a bit more confidence.

"We strive to give all Binghamton University students every tool necessary to succeed," Avery said. "This event is a wonderful step in the right direction."