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As a female trainee teacher where are the best places to shop at for smart-casual outfits?

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Depends a bit on your budget.
Next generally will have a good selection but is on the pricier side.
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As a female trainee teacher where are the best places to shop at for smart-casual outfits?

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Best places for me have been:
M&S
Next
TK Maxx
Fat Face (though this might only work because my school errs very much on the casual side for staff dress code)

Some tips:
- if you can, spend a good amount of money on some comfortable shoes. 100% worth it. I buy mine at Clarks.
- make sure you have a waterproof coat or umbrella for duties
- in most cases, it's best to prepare in advance with a smaller wardrobe, then add to it when you've spent a week or two in school and have a better idea of what's appropriate
- fabrics that don't need ironing to stay neat-looking are your friend
- err on the conservative side with skirt length to begin with. A few girls I trained with had to be spoken to about skirt length and I think that's a pretty embarrassing experience all round
- look for dresses/skirts/trousers with pockets
- look to have outfits that can be layered with a cardigan / blazer, since you'll be moving around classrooms and temperature can vary a lot
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Thank you! I have a couple of smart trousers from uniqlo which fit me well.

Do you think smart shirt dresses/ smock dresses paired with smart black trousers are suitable? That’s the kind of look I want to go for.
Look at what other teachers are wearing - blouse with a jacket/cardigan is more usual.
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I wouldn’t spend a fortune on school clothes. That said I think it depends on whether you are primary or secondary. I have friends who are secondary teachers and they have to dress quite conservatively, whereas I’m a reception teacher so my clothes are more likely to get wear and tear.
I tend to go with black trousers and nice tops (as a female) you can’t go wrong with some decent black trousers. I wore black cords throughout both my placements (in winter) and noone batted and eyelid.
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(Original post by sunrisee)
Thank you! I have a couple of smart trousers from uniqlo which fit me well.

Do you think smart shirt dresses/ smock dresses paired with smart black trousers are suitable? That’s the kind of look I want to go for.
It depends on your placement schools- some will insist on suits/blazers, especially at secondary. Some schools will also have a real culture of smart dress and you may feel like you want to fit in with that! Equally, some schools may be very casual, and again you may want to adapt to fit in.

Depending on budget, I found H&M, Zara and Mango pretty good for school (work) clothes, and got some decent comfortable boots in House of Fraser in a sale. Shoes you feel comfortable in are definitely a must, and they usually need to be reasonably robust as well!
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I asked my friend who did her PGCE and she said the best investment are a decent pair of shoes and maybe a bag that holds everything. She suggested H&M and New Look (but this depended on the time of year) and to get dresses/shirts/trousers that you can mix and match with cardigans/blazers etc.
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In primary, it seems to be lots of White Stuff clothing.
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You want to look professional- as mentioned before, it hugely depends on the school- primary tends to be less formal than secondary. I would just have a couple of outfits to start with and then see how people dress in your placement schools and take it from there. Some schools have a dress code policy for staff. I would also, as suggested, invest in comfortable shoes as you are likely to be on your feet all day.

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