Where do Teachers buy professional clothes?

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  1. teacher girl

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    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)
     
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    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.)
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    I shop at Loft, NY and Co, and Gap mainly. I've never taught in a suit, but then my P is usually found in just pants, shirt, and tie.
     
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    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!
     
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    I like Dress Barn for dresses!
     
  9. MissCeliaB

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    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.
     
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    I don't really care about brands or stores. If I see it and I like it, I buy it. I have a $10 shirt from Walmart that I often wear with $80 dress pants from The Limited. Whatever works!

    If you have the money to spend all at once, Anne Taylor and Macy's would be where I would head.
     
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    I love Banana Republic and J. Crew outlet stores. I can usually find a good deal on quality clothes at TJ Maxx, Marshall's, and Steinmart. My favorite pants for work are the editor pants from Express.

    I actually find a lot of really good work tops at Goodwill.

    Shoes... well, I'm a fan of Danskos. No more back pain. Definitely invest in quality, comfortable shoes - whatever brand that might be for you.
     
  12. Tasha

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    Macy's, Kohls, and JCPenny's are my top stores. I also find things at Old Navy and Target sometimes, especially tanks/camis and plain basics. One thing to consider is that you may be very physical in a SPED position, sitting on the floor, picking children up, etc...
     
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    Ann Taylor LOFT is my favorite place. They offer teacher discounts, plus, if you sign up for their credit card, you get extra discounts! They have had some great sales lately, too.
     
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    :agreed::agreed::agreed:
     
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    I've never seen a teacher in a suit, both when I was a student and now that I am a teacher! For me, personally, I wear normal clothes--but I like the "slightly" dressed up look. I usually wear black or grey flared slacks (usually from Express or Victoria Secret) with a blouse/knitted top of some sort. But I'd also wear that at any other job or going out to shop, etc. My appearance, I'd say, is generally figure flattering, but always appropriate, so sometimes a knitted top or something has to have a cami underneath or a cardigan or something over the arms. I actually like that option because then if I really like a top, I'll still buy it and then fine something to help make it school appropriate--usually that means buying even more, lol :)

    My clothes generally come from places like Venus, Boston Proper, Macys, Express, JcPenney, and my all-time favorite Maurices. I only shop Victoria Secret clothing line for their slacks, which are pricey but definitely cute. I am 5'2", so their 30" inseams work wonderfully for me.
     
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    Is there any way you can find out the school dress code before you spend lots of money? We live in a tropical climate and most people dress for comfort. Light dresses or skirts, casual pants and tops, etc. I teach SPED and I chose non dressy, easy to clean items.
     
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    I agree with this. You should have some nice clothes for student teaching...I would stick with those for the first couple weeks of school. Once you see what others are wearing if you want to buy new clothes you have a better idea of what you should get. I have personally never seen a school where teachers wear suits either and I would definitely not go that route.

    Some of my favorite "teacher clothes" have come from NY & Co. Macy's has some really nice stuff but as for buying an entire wardrobe there it's way out of my budget. I got my interview clothes from Macy's. They were really nice, but I would not spend that much on an outfit just for every day teaching.
     
  18. TeacherNY

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    Yes, try to wear nice clothes for at least the first week until you see what others are wearing in the school. Don't spend a ton of money all at once until you figure out your own teacher style!
     
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    My principal is a man, and he always wears a suit. The teachers do not dress as nicely as he does.

    I typically wear khaki/docker type pants (I don't like the flowy dress pants) and a nice shirt. I like skirts and dresses as well. I agree with a PP - shoes are VERY important! Comfortable shoes are key when you're teaching.

    I have a LOT of cardigans - both short sleeved and long sleeved. These allow me to mix and match and layer. I loved short sleeved cardigans because I can wear them over sleeveless dresses or shirts.

    My favorite store is LOFT, but I usually like their outlet better (different line of clothes), or shopping online - they have great deals sometimes! My second favorite is Land's End - they have really made their clothing line a lot "younger" and they have some really cute, high quality stuff. I get shirts and cardigans from a variety of places - Kohls, Target, JC Penney, or wherever! I like the stuff at Macy's, but it's pricey. Outlet stores are great for teacher clothes, by the way!
     
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    I actually love the gap suit pants and then usually find nice tops and cardigans at old navy. Banana republic factory store usually has good sales (nice tops for $15 the other week) . The clothing washes well and has lasted me over two years so that's Impt to me.
     
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    I love Christopher and Banks!!!
     
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    I've become really fond of Anne Taylor LOFT and Talbots. I would reommend signing up online for coupons and discounts as their clothing is great quality but pricey. If those aren't an opton. Express (plus sizes online) and Victoria's Secret (catalog/online) have a great selection of decent quality suits/ pieces that won't cost an arm and leg.
     
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    I like Kohl's, Target, NY & Co., and LOFT. If you are short, NY & Co. often has great sales on pants. Old Navy is hit-or-miss. I used to like them a lot better than I do now; they've gotten very trendy and a little too colorful (I'm tired, can't think of a better word right now) for things to wear for more than a season.
     
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    Most of my clothes are from Anthropologie, but that has happened over years of shopping their clearance rack (they were one exit down from our old house...very dangerous). My style is very Jesse from The New Girl, though. I just got three pairs of dressy capris from Target-same style, different colors-to pair with tops. $20 each, and they should be stretchy enough to squat and move in but nice enough to pair with heels and a nice too. I also second thrift shops. I just scored a ton of Anthropologue stuff at a consignment shop for a fraction of the price.
     
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    Sometimes I feel fortunate to be male. ;) The only dress shoes I wear are black so I only wear black dress pants... From there, I just wear different colored dress shirts.... Of course, that limits the number of combos but eh.... I'll just buy different shades of dress shirts... :)

    As a math teacher, I am so amazed at the mix-and-match availability afforded to women.... From blouses, dresses, skirts, pants, flat shoes, low heels, high heels, etc..... Of course, the drawback from all this is $$$$$, but, at least y'all ladies have fun when shopping.... Our dress shirts come in plastic bags! :lol:
     
  26. czacza

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    Do you have to wear button downs, Pi? Many men with whom I work wear polo shirts as an alternate to button downs (except for P who always wears shirt and tie...he has awesome ties)
     
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    This is why I love having a uniform! :D
     
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    Yep!!! I only wear button down... I like them for I feel professional when I do! :D
     
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    This s why I'd hate having a uniform....to each her own as they say! Does make getting dressed easy, I'm sure!
    definitely professional! :thumb:
     
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    I buy from wherever I can afford. I don't have easy access to most of the stores previously mentioned. I also need a 35" inseam, so my options for slacks are very limited. I have things from Walmart, Kmart, Sears mostly. My slacks are Lane Bryant. I haven't ever found things that fit at Kohl's or TJ Maxx (detest that store). I love Christopher & Banks, but only when I find deals on clearance.

    I might have some better luck this year, as I am 64 lbs lighter than last August. Can't wait to go shopping :D
     
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    A lot of my coworkers love New York and Company. I'm more of a JcPenney and Kohls person myself.

    If there are Ross Dress for Less stores in your area, I would definitely check them out. They have professional, on brand clothing for deep discounts from overstock and being off season. I picked up a couple of cute work dresses this summer for around 12 dollars each!
     
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    Kohls, Tjmax, and marshals for discounts.
    When they have sales I like Macys but to be honest a lot of time the quality doesn't seem to matter. I get the same usage out of the lower cost clothes as I do the expensive stuff.

    I bought all my clothes when I was student teaching a year ago. All of it still looks good. I only bought a few new shirts and a few new ties.
     
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    I'm not the usual and I'm constantly trying to find a "better" work wardrobe that makes me look nice but still feel comfortable.

    I'm a fourth year teacher, 27 years old... I don't own a suit. :D

    But, I've found nice, fairly inexpensive clothes at Target, Kohl's, Old Navy (tops), Gap, New York & Company and The Loft. I try to shop sales so I don't spend so much at one time, that way I can freshen up my wardrobe with new pieces when I start feeling yucky about what I'm wearing every day. :)
     
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    Exactly!! I always wear nice pants. I have black, blue, light khaki, dark khaki, grey, charcoal, brown. I have about 20 pairs of dress pants. I always wear a Ralph Lauren polo. That's typically how I dress.

    However, as a diagnostician, I wear button down and tie for ARD meetings.

    Typically I shop at Ralph Lauren, I know it's more expensive but in my experience the polos last a lot longer, don't shrink as much, etc. I also buy my pants there same reasons, plus I'm all torso and short legs (which is funny when you're 6') so when I can find pants that fit me comfortably I buy in bulk.
     
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    I totally forgot about The Loft! Thanks for mentioning it everyone! I stopped going there after I went up 2 sizes but now I think I'm going to go back. I rememeber them having such cute things.
     
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    One thing I love about Loft is the vanity sizing. I'm usually one to two sizes smaller there than anywhere else!
     
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    Oooh, they just opened a White House Black Market outlet store near-sin me! I made out like a bandit :D
     
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    I am starting my 1st year and I am kind of shaped like a teapot (short and stout) so I don't care where I buy my clothes as long as it is inexpensive (massive budget) and somewhat pulled together. I think clothing choices at least for me are limited by size, my sister can wear a paper sack and make it look professional, where I look expensive clothing.
     
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    I tend to buy most of my clothing at JC Penney. Sometimes I will find pieces at Walmart or Target, but not as often. For shoes I only wear Danskos for school.
     
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    Ann Taylor Loft. Their clothing, IMO, is young and modern but relatively professional. Most of their items are pretty affordable and they sell petites (I'm short). Also, these are clothes you can wear to work and on the weekends.
     
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    I love Ross so much. Great selection and prices, no matter what size you are. Also, if you can find any good consignment stores in your area check them out. I got almost all my clothes there when I was student teaching and they were almost all very nice name brand things. Online outlet stores are good too.
     

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