help me find a dress for back to school night

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  1. Pencil Monkey

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    Ugh. It is hot as hades here in GA. I usually wear a suit and sweat it out on back to school night. But I am trying to find an appropriate dress this time around. I work in a very conservative school and anything sheer or clingy is a big no no. I also can not show my shoulders. So I need a cap sleeve or wear a cardigan. I am trying to avoid wearing a cardigan. It's too HOT! I'm pear shaped so I need something A line or empire shaped. I can do a v neck and put a cami under it for coverage though. Got any ideas?
     
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    Do you have a Dress Barn near you? I got three great dresses last week on sale. Two are perfect for school. The third ill wear to son's wedding rehearsal dinner.

    Loft is also having some good sales currently.

    Go find a sale and try on everything you like...you'll know when you find what works.:thumb:

    Good luck!
     
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    JC Penny's has some great dresses online, but I would go and try a bunch on, dresses fit so differently on different bodies.
     
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    Daisy~I like that 3rd one you posted!
     
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    A sleeveless or spaghetti strap dress with a thin cardigan would be nice and cool to wear. I have a few thin ones that are comfortable even in very hot weather. A few are 3/4 sleeves, and a few have a lacy pattern. Darker colors would keep it more professional looking, along with a good shoe choice.

    Alternately, a dark dress skirt with a bright cami plus a dark lightweight sweater would also work.
     
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    Don't forget to use your teacher discount at Loft if you shop there.
     
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    Belk is also having huge clearance sales.
     
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    If you can't show your shoulders I am assuming no sleeveless. If you have to wear a cardigan I would go for a short sleeve one. Loft has them. Most importantly, don't get polyester. It does not breathe. I would look for cotton.

    I teach in an old building that does not have any air conditioning and it also conservative. I know how you feel. :love:
     
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    Dress barn has teacher discounts too- their stuff is SO cute!

    I have great luck with Macy's :)
     
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    I was going to order the last one from Penny's, but they were out of my size.
     
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    Hmm. I am a very conservative dresser. This is what I choose. :) No particular order.

    #1: With a black jacket of sorts, this sky blue dress is a fine choice with a black belt!

    http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/wome...imVal=null&searchCount=1212&sortType=Featured

    #2: This polka-dotted dress is conservative and not too bad for southern weather.

    http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/wome...imVal=null&searchCount=1212&sortType=Featured

    #3: Nice polka-dotted dress again, but needs a dark brown tank top underneath.

    http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/amer...imVal=null&searchCount=1212&sortType=Featured

    #4: Purple and cotton, not bad!

    http://www.dressbarn.com/detail/belted-button-front-shirtdress/101076890/500

    For pear-shaped, #3 and #4 are the best. I have that figure as well, to an extent.

    Besides that, look in Ross, if one is near you! That's where I get most of my dresses. There are some nice, conservative Calvin Klein dresses and also SEVERAL nice ones for under $30.00, :)
     
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    Really? I didn't know they did discounts. How much is it?

    I love dresses- but we have very few weeks of truly warm weather during the school year, so I need to hold out and get stuff I can wear in the winter whether than buying more summer/spring stuff now.

    I got this dress from Target last week in the coral color:
    http://www.target.com/p/xhilaration...ted-colors/-/A-14130276#?lnk=sc_qi_detaillink

    The picture doesn't really do it justice- I wore it to one of our orientation days last week and I literally got about 15 compliments on it. People absolutely didn't believe me when I said it was from Target. It's very comfortable and conservative also- I have a really hard time finding things that aren't too low or tight in the chest and this fits perfectly without needing a tank top underneath and the shape is very flattering- plus short sleeves so no cardigan necessary! I don't know how tall you are...I am 5'4 and the dress comes down to my knees, not up higher like it shows on the model.
     
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    Just out of curiosity - why can't you show shoulders?
     

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