Suitably Dressed is a project led by LSU’s Enterprise Section that aims to support students who may not have the funds to purchase a new outfit for a work interview or formal event.
The scheme will work using ten donation bins located across the University campus, where staff members and fellow students can drop off unwanted clothes suitable for professional interviews and other formal events such as awards ceremonies.
This includes items such as blazers, skirts, trousers, dresses, jumpsuits, ties, belts, shoes and shirts in a wide variety of sizes and styles, aiming to accommodate as many students as possible.
Enterprise Section Chair Ash Ponder said: “This is a really exciting scheme that will help students from all backgrounds to feel prepared when they are on the hunt for placements and jobs. It also will help people to get involved at other formal events during University, such as award ceremonies.”
Not only will the initiative help students save pennies and help them to feel more confident, but it is also a sustainable alternative amidst a time where society is considering the detrimental impacts of fast fashion.
Students will be able to borrow the items of clothing and receive a discount to get it dry cleaned afterwards at the Loughborough branch of Johnsons the Cleaners before returning the items.
A representative from the organisation commented: “We are excited to be working with Loughborough Students’ Union and Loughborough University on Suitably Dressed. As a company, we care for the environment as well as our customers’ clothes.
“Johnsons co-founded and introduced into the UK market a new non-toxic dry-cleaning solution, Green Earth. Supporting Suitably Dressed gives us the opportunity to further our environmental impact by encouraging clothes to be recycled and help to reduce textile landfill.”
For more information, please email Emma Bishop, Student Enterprise Engagement Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.