How to Put Together an A+ Teacher’s Wardrobe on a Budget

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For every teacher, putting together a professional yet stylish teacher’s wardrobe is a big challenge–even more so when doing it on a budget. Granted that there are seasonal fashion collections that are all about teacher lovin’ (Norma Kamali, if you’re reading this, we miss you and your $35 chic work ensembles at Wal-Mart). But we can’t count on these once-in-a-blue-moon promotions to meet our wardrobe needs all year round.Beyond scoring discounts and scouring clearance racks, The Budget Fashionista has come up with four money-saver tips to create an A+ teacher’s wardrobe on a budget.

Tips for Creating a Professional Teacher’s Wardrobe on a Budget

It’s All About The Key Pieces
For a professional teaching wardrobe, make sure you have the following key pieces:

Female Teachers

• A black suit

• Black pumps

• Tote bag

• A couple of camisoles/ blouses

• A nice black / brown pencil skirt

• Two very nice dresses (one should be a little black dress and one dress in another color) – for school socialization nights

Male Teachers

• Men’s shirts, both short and long-sleeved (men can never get enough of them, especially clean ones)

• A couple of ties (classic prints are easier to coordinate with the rest of your wardrobe)

• Black / brown oxford shoes. For campus walkers, Crocs should be a fine option, too.

• Pants (khaki, black, deep blue, brown)

• Outerwear (Men’s blazer, a tailored jacket, or a preppy vest)

• Briefcase / Leather bag

There’s a reason why you should invest in black and brown items—you can wear them several times a week without anyone noticing by simply changing up your inexpensive accessories every time. They’re also less likely to go out of style by next season.