Most people wouldn’t show up to a job interview dressed like a pirate or a vampire, or in anything they would wear to win a costume contest. Sometimes, however, the line between professional and pirate is closer than you think.
Since fall 2018, CSUN students in need of professional clothing have turned to Matty’s Closet, a service of the CSUN Career Center that offers wardrobe advice for interviews, as well as one free, complete professional outfit per semester, per student.
It’s all thanks to professional clothing donated by staff, faculty, students and members of the community. Sometimes, however, the team at Matty’s Closet receives donations a bit on the wacky side.
“We get corsets and sequins and stiletto heels and some very strange things,” said Patricia Gaynor, director of Matty’s Closet. Most months, Gaynor and her team of student assistants donate the clothes they can’t use, but as the air turns crisp and pumpkin spice season arrives, Gaynor puts those duds to great use on campus.
This year, Gaynor and her team are offering Matty’s Boo Boos, a treasure trove of items students can use to build a free Halloween costume to celebrate and raise awareness of Matty’s Closet resources for students.
“This is a time to be silly and have fun,” Gaynor said.
From Oct. 21-31, the Career Center will offer a curated rack of crazy and classic costume items in the fourth-floor hallway of Bayramian Hall between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The rack will include some masks, shoes and costume jewelry that students can use to assemble or inspire their dream. The items are free of charge and need not be returned, Gaynor said.
Matty’s Boo Boos also will present a costume contest, where students are invited to send in photos of the costumes they assembled. Winners will receive gift cards and have their pictures featured on the Career Center web site.
To enter the contest, follow Matty’s Closet on Instagram and check the post that provides the instructions on how to enter. All pictures must be submitted by Nov. 2. Voting will take place on Instagram on Nov. 5-6, and the three winners will be announced on Nov. 7.
For more information on Matty’s Closet hours, costume offerings and the Career Center, call (818) 677-2385.