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Hooray! I have a PGCE place so help me with my teacher's wardrobe!
When you say primary, do you mean KS2? I'm asking because my dd is at uni doing Primary Education and she has said many times that wearing nice clothes is not a good idea when in KS1 classes as she's forever crouching, kneeling etc, getting busy with glue, paint etc!
Blimey-I wish I'd had a wardrobe budget of £600 and money for cashmere sweaters when I did my PGCE!
There's a good thread on The Staffroom board that I posted on yesterday where people are saying what sort of things they wear in Primary; you might find that useful? I tend to be pretty casual-Fat Face/White Stuff skirts/dresses or trousers/jumpers.
My best friend is a EY teacher. She buys things wears them outside school for a season or two and them moves them to school clothes after that. She couldn't wear them out after school as they have a snail trail around them where the children touch her or tables and chairs rub against her. She buys at TU and DP quite a bit. Layers seem to be the way to go as the classroom is warm on the other hand she has to go out for break, assembly, to meet on the playground, for PE and so on. She also keeps a smarter cardi/jacket and smart scarf on hand is she needs to look smarter. Her latest outfit is a wearhouse black and lime green tunic top. She wears it with black trousers or smart jeggings. The a lime green scarf, black cardi or zip up. Her coat is a mobile sleeping bag puffy thing! Hope that helps.
I love that you think you'll be off out for dinner and drinks after work! In 12 years I have rarely managed this! Planning and marking EVERY evening I'm afraid, particularly on your PCGE year when everything takes so much longer.
Sorry, not trying to be patronising and I know you have asked for style advice-that comment just jumped out at me
Good luck and hope you do manage a few nights out during the week-if you do-please feedback and let us all know how you managed it!
Sorry ,but I also think you will have other things to worry about than having an outfit that you can easily alter for going out in the evening. Our (secondary) PGCE interns at this point in the year are all ashen, knackered and shivering in our cold school. And cashmere? <Mind boggles> Our local primary appear to have a (female) regulation uniform of leggings and tunic tops for KS1 and the occasional skirt worn in KS2
Seriously-there was a post yesterday about what teachers wear on the Staffroom forum; have you looked?
I get my leggings from Wallis-they are very comfortable. I tend to get tops/tunics and dresses from Top Shop/Next/Fat Face/White Stuff/New Look/Joe Browns. I have 4 pairs of boots in black, tan, brown and purple which I wear a lot at work. I have a Trespass down coat which I wear for playground duty days and a blue Next jacket for when it's not too cold.
Have a look at me and em sale they have some nice things and they wear well. I think your cashmere jumper could go in your bag for when you go out to dinner . The things are expensive but they are really good quality. There was another thread on here about what people had bought in February which had some nice links. Thinking back to my kids early years the teachers were all smart but just wore things that could easily be washed. I think that is the key.