Post # 1
I’m an Pre-K thru 5th Education major. At my school, we spend our last full year in the classroom 3-5 days a week. For me, that starts next fall. I have some time, but I want to start building a wardrobe that I can wear to teach in and just all the time. I’m only 20 (next week), so I want to look young, but appropriate. I’m petite and need size 0s, which hasn’t helped my search either.
What kind of pieces would you ladies suggest I start with? And where are some good stores to buy them?
Post # 3
Ann Taylor, the limited, banana republic (expensive but look for sales), the gap, tommy , JCPenney’s
I do alot of outlet shopping. I find that Eddie Bauer has really good sales and decent quality. They have more work appropriate stuff online than in their stores.
For shoes, I like Clarks, cute but comfy to wear all day.
I’d start with pants/sweaters/ shirts in solid or subtle patterns. Personally I can’t wear button down shirts without them gaping open between the buttons, so I learned to just do without them.
Post # 4
LOFT!!! They have a lot of cute and youthful stuff thats still business/work appropriate. They carry stuff in very small sizes in both the regular and petite lines. Also, they often have awesome sales and great clearance racks!!
Post # 5
Ann Taylor and Banana Republic. I like the classic styles. You should have a few good quality suits, some sweaters, blouses, and a bunch of pants!
Post # 6
Banana, Ann Taylor, and Loft have a discount for teachers in the store. Loft runs big, so look for 00. I normally go to those, J Crew, and Macys. I wait for clearances and buy then.
Also, Target doesn’t have as small sizes, but they do sometimes have stuff that work.
Marshalls and TJ Maxx is hit or miss, but I have gotten several awesome deals there.
Finally, Goodwill in rich areas and word of mouth. Hands down, my favore work clothes came from a professor who couldn’t fit into her 0s and 2s after her baby. She gave me tons of cute clothes and I found a ton at our consignment shops and good will.
For what to buy: knee length sleeveless dresses, cartigans (get them from target), and plain pants. Then wear everyday tanks under your cartigans with pant or a knee length dress with a cartigan. Add tights and boots when it is cold, flats (Payless) when it isn’t. You can get away with 5 different cartigans (red, black, white, pink, and grey), 2 pairs of pants (black and grey), 3 dresses (black, grey, and colored), and 4 tanks (that should never be seen without a cartigan: white, black, 2 colored). It is boring, but professional. And what I wear everyday.
Post # 7
Loft has a great petites section; sign up for their emails because they have sales often. They just had one for 40% off everything in the store. Also check consignment stores for pieces that you can wear again, and again. Never be afraid to take something to the tailor so that you can make it fit you properly. I’m petitie and curvy and I’ve gotten lucky at stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Nordstrom Rack.
Post # 8
LOFT and New York & Company
Post # 9
I’m a big shopper but when it comes to work clothes I almost always have something from Marshalls or TJ Maxx on. I get great slacks there (the limited and express) and can always find cute tops in their junior section.
Post # 10
NY&Co. Just never buy anything full price there. They always have some sort of sale or coupon that will get you discounts.
Post # 11
TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack are my go-tos. I always find tons of nice dresses for $30 or $40, and they have nice tops and sweaters. Banana Republic is where I get all my good dress pants – they are expensive, but they are high quality and last. I bought some stuff from NY&Co in the past, and it basically falls apart after a few months. You get what you pay for!
Post # 13
H&M! They have a section with really cute blouses, dresses, and slacks that are work appropriate yet still youthful AND affordable (and I always see a lot of smaller sizes between 0-4). I’m 24 and I work in an office.. I usually wear a sleeveless blouse with a cardigan, some slim black pants, and flats. It’s work appropriate yet I don’t feel too old.
Post # 14
Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Jcrew. People pretty much covered it. If I don’t want to waste time I just go with Jcrew because I know how things fit.
My sister lives and works in NYC and used to live and work in Chicago. She gets a lot of adorable things thrift, so that is always a way to go- if you have the time.
Post # 15
Salvation Army Thrift shop. I go to the one in the “ritzy” side of the city. Awesome stuff!
Post # 16
I don’t think anyone has said Express yet. I get all my work pants from there and you can get other staples like tanks to wear under sweaters etc.. I have an express credit card and I get coupons in the mail every month which gives you really good deals.
Banana Republic is my other favorite but I usually have to wait for sales because its a little too pricey for me.