I am a first year sped teacher, I want to make a good impression, not sure if I should wear suits everyday or if I should wear casual business attire.
But I want to know, What stores should I find my clothes ( Macys, Target, New York Lerner, etc)? Where do teachers find clothes of good quality? ( I want to look professional as if I were a principal or something)
I've never been in a school where ANYONE wears suits, but of course your school environment may different. I'd say, though, you won't need to wear a suit every day to make a good impression. I'll let others provide clothing advice. (I'm no good at that.)
My best teacher clothes (from when I was still in a traditional classroom and now when I attend professional meetings and student-attended events) are from Macy's. I like the selection, and I love that their petite section has pants the correct length for my short legs. I'm a big fan of DKNY in particular for its business-casual polish.
Honestly, I would try on Target clothing and move around in the dressing room before you buy it. I've found the tops are too low and cannot be worn without a tank top beneath them. Very disappointing.
I usually go to JC Penney. I find that Learner NY clothes are cut a little too close for teaching and if I go a size up they are too big. I don't wear a suit, but I teach in a tropical climate and my principal doesn't even wear suits. Kohls is good too.
I shop at Macy's, Gap, Ann Taylor LOFT, Banana Republic and Target. My P usually dresses as casually as we do, except she wears a suit jacket with most outfits. I don't know the climate of your school (i.e. how professional it is) but I don't think you need to wear a suit. You'll look out of place and feel uncomfortable.
I usually wear dress pants (in neutral colors like black, gray, navy, or khaki...sometimes I do wear the pants that go along with my one suit!) and some sort of blouse. I like tops that have a fun pattern, so that I can keep jewelry to a minimum. Then I wear flats...always flats! My feet do not do well in heels for very long! I usually wear my hair down and straight, and wear makeup. My makeup is noticeable enough to separate me from the students and make me look older, but neutral enough not to look like a clown!
I shop at LOFT, Dress Barn, JC Penney, GAP, and a few local places. Usually I have on slacks, a blouse, and a cardigan. Sometimes I have on a dress and a cardigan. Sometimes a skirt, a top, and a cardigan. Always with flats.