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  1. Mrs. Q

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    I know this question could get a huge range of answers. :)

    But I'm trying to build up my wardrobe... right now, I'm subbing and doing some field work through my university. This will build up more and more until I student teach next spring, so I am trying to build up my wardrobe as I go.

    I'm not great about dresses/skirts, and I don't do heels, unless they're more chunky/wedge-like. So far, I always wear dress slacks with a sweater or button-down shirt. But it gets boring!

    I'm young, so I want to dress my age, but still look mature and in charge, you know?? Right now, I mostly shop at Gap, Old Navy, etc... but it's always hit or miss when I go shopping.

    So, where do YOU get your "teacher" clothes?? :D
     
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    JC Penney. I wear a lot of Alfred Dunner, Sag Harbor, and Cabin Creek.
     
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    I'm a hardcore Anthropologie fan. I usually only get items on clearance, so it's about $30-40 for a top or sweater or skirt. If you get a couple a month, you can build a really cute wardrobe.

    I found an AMAZING dress at H&M tonight for $35-so cute and perfect that I'm going to drive 35 minutes tomorrow to another H&M to get it in my size.

    I also love J. Crew-they had a great couple of tops tonight, but none were on clearance and I don't want to pay $50 for a t-shirt. But way cute if you can get stuff on sale.
     
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    Macys***, JCPenney, Gap, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Eddie Baur.

    When I was younger I used to shop at Old Navy all the time. I still have a ton of skirts from there.
     
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    LL Bean for twinsets that wear like iron - actually their pima cotton t-shirt plus the button-front tee in the same color.

    Christopher and Banks for cute sweaters - they carry a lot of 3/4 sleeved tops, which I like. Some of their stuff is too "cute" for high school, but I usually find very wearable pieces.

    I also get pants and tops at Lands End and Eddie Bauer. I like a classic look (and I'm far too mature to wear anything trendy!)
     
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    I get my dress pants from Express. I love them! I also shop at Banana Republic, Gap, Ann Taylor Loft and Jcrew
     
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    Kohl's
     
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    Kohl's, JC Penny's are some of the stores I shop at but it just depends on your style and what you can afford. I like the no wrinkle shirts where the sleeve folds above your elbow with a button or just fold back. I seem to get warm easily when I'm teaching so I don't do long sleeve shirts, just a fleece or a sweater if I get cold.
     
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    JJill, Eddie Bauer, Coldwatercreek. They are a bit pricy but they last.
     
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    Ann Taylor Loft and The Limited.
     
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    I'm no longer "young", but I refuse to look frumpy.

    Most of my wardrobe comes from Lane Bryant, New York & Company, and Old Navy. I find things at JC Penney, Kohl's, Macy's, Talbot's, and the Gap . . . but it's usually hit & miss there. Same with TJ Maxx and Marshall's.

    I order online quite a bit. I'm 30 miles from the closest Penney's & Kohl's . . . and I'm 50 miles from the others.

    I tend to keep my slacks and skirts in classic styles & neutral colors. Same with the shoes, but I do heels, flats, and wedges. I do, however, like to spice things up with different blouses. I like classic pieces because they're so . . . classic, but I think that also gets a bit dull sometiimes. I like to look like I have at least a little knowledge of current style.
     
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    I'm young too, and I LOVE New York and Company. I usually only buy off the sale rack-I can get 7-8 items (dress shirts, pants, skirts, suit jackets) for about $70 if the sale is right.
     
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    Do you know (or anyone else here happen to know) just how expensive they are? There's one not far from me, but in a more well-to-do area. I'd like to check them out, but am afraid I can't afford them.
     
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    I checked their website last night, and they're pretty expensive, for my taste, lol. Most blouses ran between $60 and $75 with some as much as $100 and pants more than that. Their sales were good, though - most of the shirts were marked down to $30-$40 which is closer to what I'm used to paying.
     
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    I would look into your local thrift store. I do most of my shopping there and a lot of clearance racks at other stores. You can find all these name brands at the thrift store for a couple bucks.

    Just this week I bought 5 shirts, a beautiful salmon gap spring jacket, and a crayon maker (that crazy art teacher in me) for 15.00.
     
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    Lane Bryant, Macy's, Avenue, Old Navy online for my basic tees. That's about it.
     
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    If you're short on cash, New York & Company, TJ Maxx, Ross, SteinMart, & Marshalls has nice, work attire for a good price & you can always find things on sale at any dept store.

    If money's really no object, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Chico's, Cache, Anthropologie, White House Black Market & Talbots are nice.

    I like Victoria's Secret style too, but a lot of it's too revealing for work, but you can still find a lot if you don't mind ordering online or by phone.
     
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    You said you shop at Gap, Old navy so go to Jcrew, they have similary style. They also give teachers 15% off any thing you buy.
     
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    Ann Taylor Loft, Old Navy, New York and Company, Macy's and Kohl's
     
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    Macy's. I've found some insane deals on their clearance racks.
     
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    Macy's is fabulous when they have their sales. I like Penny's. Today I bought a dressy spring jacket at Target. I hardly ever buy clothes at Target, but was in a hurry today and happened to be there.
     
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    I love Banana Republic. I also love to shop at New York and Co. I've recently found some cheap items at Nordstroms The Rack. Lot of name brands for cheap. I usually stick to my jeans and KU tees for work though since I teach toddlers. I keep my other clothes for the weekends and dates with my boyfriend.
     
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    I totally second the Thrift Store. It is a great place to find basics for a teacher wardrobe. Though you do have to be a little more diligent about searching the racks for your size - but it pays off.

    I went to Goodwill yesterday and got a lined skirt, 2 dresses, a blouse, and a really cool chunky beaded necklace for $20 or so.

    My other favorite place is JC Penney- but I only shop the clearance rack - especially when they have everything marked down to $4.95. :D

    And Target clearance, or Macy's. Pretty much any clearance rack. In fact, I can't remember last last time I paid full retail for a piece of clothing. I prefer to get everything below $10 - Below $5, if I can!
     
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    The Anthropologie around here is very very expensive. Usually dressed are in the $150 range and shirts and pants are in the $80-$100 range. Plus, the quality doesn't seem to be good to me, but I mostly shop at Talbots clearance sales and thrift stores.
     
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    I love Banana Republic - they're they only company whose clothes seem to fit no matter what I choose! But they are expensive, so unless they're having an awesome sale, I buy on ebay!

    I hit up Goodwill - it can takes HOURS to go through the racks, but it's totally worth it. I left the other day with a fitted blazer, two skirts, and a button-down shirt for $15.

    TJMax and Ross are good, though they rarely seem to have my size.

    I like Gap, but they recently closed the one near me. Also love J. Crew.
     
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    I love shopping at Kohl's, Old Navy, some things at JCPenney.
     
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    cheap places, such as old navy, sears, ross, tj max and macy's for clearance clothes
     
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    I posted here already, but I LOVE the INC. brand clothing at Macy's!
     
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    Ann Taylor Loft often has great sale racks. I just bought some really nice black dress pants, a black cami, a white shirt and a sort of gauzy black cardigan sweater. It would have come to $185, but they had a special $50 off any purchase over $150. None of my items were on sale, so that worked out great.

    Some of the pieces can get a little expensive, but everything I have ever bought from ATL washes and wears exceptionally well. I buy almost exclusively black and I use black/dark Woolite and even after several years, the blacks are still very dark or new looking. I have a scoop neck black long sleeved tee that I love so much that I end up washing it every week. 3 years later it looks like new; it was $36. This past October, I bought two long sleeved black tees from Target for $15 each and both have holes and are faded and ready for the scrap heap. I wash them in the same loads as my AT stuff AND lace undies from VS. I'll stick with buying better stuff, just less of it!
     
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    Definitely Macy's clearance racks. I just bought a recycled (I wouldn't have bought it otherwise) cashmere Calvin Klein coat for $70, marked down from $450. I wasn't looking for a coat, but they only had one, and it happened to be my size. What's a girl to do?
     

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