Cheryl’s Closet aims to support all students of Alfred University, empowering them to project confidence and professionalism, by loaning professional attire free of charge. To ensure that students can make an outstanding first impression, Cheryl’s Closet has a large selection of professional attire suited to a variety of styles, cultures, sizes, and gender expressions.
Borrowing items from Cheryl’s Closet:
- Make an appointment using Handshake or stop by the Career Development Center’s Steinheim Castle during drop-in hours.
- To help maintain Cheryl’s Closet as a resource, students are encouraged to return items promptly and in good condition, without damage or soil beyond normal wear.
- The Career Development Center is responsible for dry cleaning.
Supporting Cheryl’s Closet
Cheryl’s Closet is entirely supported by donations. Alfred University Trustee Dr. Cheryl R. Blanchard provided the founding donation, and the Alfred community generously supplied hundreds of new and gently used items to fill the closet. Additional donations, including professional clothing and accessories or funds for ongoing dry cleaning costs, are always gratefully accepted! Contact the Career Development Center with questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of clothing and accessories are available?
Cheryl’s Closet stocks hundreds of items in a wide range of styles and sizes, including business professional (suits, dress shirts, blouses, dresses) and business casual wear (dress pants, khakis and chinos, dresses, skirts, polo and button-front shirts, blouses). We also have a limited selection of accessories, including ties and scarves, shoes, jewelry, and overcoats.
What’s the difference between Business Casual and Business Professional?
Great question! See our “Dress for Success” handout for more information.
What if I don’t know my size?
Students are encouraged to try on the clothes before borrowing: we want you to feel comfortable and confident! Cheryl’s Closet features a private dressing room.
What if I’m not sure what to wear?
The situation – interview, networking event or dinner, career fair, conference, paper presentation or thesis defense – will determine how formally you should dress. Career Development Center staff can help you determine what apparel is appropriate for the circumstance, and help you decide which items fit you best.