Thanks to donations from the Association of Former Students, the Texas A&M Career Closet has helped many students look and feel their best during job interviews. Inspired by the convenience and practicality of the Career Closet, one student has used this ingenious convenience to tackle an on-the-rise issue in College Station— the lack of appropriate outfits for the many themed parties the average student attends during college.
The Costume Closet is an organization that collects clothing and accessories for themed events with the goal of addressing the problem of lacking the perfect outfit to a party. Junior fashion marketing major, Ana Scott, founded the Costume Closet after overhearing a group of students complain about not being able to attend a party because they did not own an 80’s style ski jacket. “Everyone knows the main point of college is to attend social events. It breaks my heart knowing students will graduate without these experiences because they didn’t own a specific piece of clothing,” said Scott. “Not owning a basketball jersey in college is like not having clean drinking water. Access to these items is a basic human right.”
This charitable venture is comprised of a variety of clothing representing classic party themes such as High School Heroes, Mathletes and Athletes, and Tacky Tourist. A majority of the closet’s outfits come from graduating seniors who felt their clothing could go on to benefit the less fortunate.
Brad Mueller, a Class of 2015 graduate, decided to donate his ugly Christmas sweater to the Costume Closet. “I honestly can’t recall anything about that party, but I’m hoping to truly make a difference in someone’s college experience. It feels great to donate to such a worthy cause.”
The new organization hopes to increase their presence on campus and encourages students to not be embarrassed to utilize their services. “I was a bit nervous at first, but the Costume Closet has made a huge difference in my social life,” said Sophomore Claire Mystrom. “I thought my sorority sisters would judge me for asking for charity, but I borrowed a galaxy print dress and, thanks to them, I finally hit 200 likes on Instagram.”
The Costume Closet is asking for donations so that it may continue it’s mission to help enhance the lives of students and enrich the college party going experience.