Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger 


Shopping and style tips for teachers

During this time, we focus on back to school wardrobes for students and rarely do we recognize teachers and their need to also look and feel amazing for the upcoming academic school year.  A new back to school wardrobe can be costly, but we’ve got you covered! Here’s a shopping list and places to help you update your wardrobe and save money at Crabtree Valley Mall.

Shopping List for Female Teachers:

  • 1-2 suits (dress or pant)
  • 3-5 midi length dresses (wrap, a line, shift)
  • 3-5 dress pants
  • 5-7 dress shirts
  • 3-5 skirts
  • 2 pair of jeans or corduroy
  • 3-5 sweaters, vests or sweater sets
  • 1-2 blazers or crop leather jacket
  • 1+ midi heel
  • 2+ ballet flat or casual shoe
  • simple minimal accessories
  • 1 tote

Shopping list for Male Teachers:

  • 1- 2 suits
  • 5+ dress trousers
  • 3-4 casual pants (khaki)
  • 2+ pair of jeans (dark denim or black)
  • 5-10 dress shirts
  • 1+ sport coat
  • 3-5 sweaters or vests
  • 3-5 classic ties
  • 2-3 solid color polo shirts
  • 1+ dress shoe
  • 1+ relaxed footwear
  • belts to match each pair of shoes
  • 1 simple leather or metal band dress watch

Best places to find your wardrobe:

Ann Taylor LOFT


Brooks Brothers

Tommy Bahama


Layne Bryant

White House Black Market

J. Jill

Michael Kors

New York and Company

Banana Republic

Layne Bryant

White House Black Market



Old Navy

Did know these retailers at Crabtree Valley Mall have teacher shopping programs? *

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor offers teachers a year-round 15% discount on full-price merchandise. When shopping in-store, simply present your teacher ID at the register. A similar discount is available to teachers at LOFT (formerly Ann Taylor LOFT). Sign up for the LOFT Loves Teachers program and you'll receive 15% off full-price purchases, access to grants, in-store teacher appreciation nights and other perks.

Banana Republic

Banana Republic offers teachers an exclusive education discount of 15% off full-price items. This discount is available in-store only with a valid teacher ID at the register.


Chico's runs promotions during certain times of the year which are specific to educators – usually around Teacher Appreciation Week and back-to-school season.


GAP offers educators with a teacher ID 15% to 20% discounts. Gap also runs seasonal teacher-specific promotions ranging from discounts during Back to School season to tax-free days for teachers.


J.Crew offers a 15% discount to teachers on full price items. This discount is available in-store only at J.Crew retail stores.  To receive these savings, simply present your teacher ID at the register.


LOFT (formerly Ann Taylor LOFT) gives educators a 15% discount on full-price items and access to exclusive sweepstakes, grants and in-store teacher appreciation nights. To take advantage of these perks, click here to sign up for the LOFT Loves Teachers program.


Madewell, a sister company of J.Crew, is a self-proclaimed jeans-maker. But they also focus on all the things you wear with denim: timeless leather jackets, great boots, slouchy tees and totes. And, yes, they provide an education discount! Teachers and professors can save 15% at Madewell stores when they show a valid school ID at the register.


From beautiful dresses, to classic jeans and day-to-evening tops, New York & Company is a favorite among career women. Plus, they offer a teacher discount! Educators save 15% on full-priced items purchased in-store. Simply show your school ID at the register.


Old Navy offers a discount to educators during Teacher Appreciation Week. Discounts vary from year to year, but have been reported to save teachers anywhere from 10% to 25%. Check with Old Navy to learn about upcoming Teacher Appreciation promotions.


White House Black Market offers seasonal, teacher-exclusive savings of 15% off your entire in-store purchase. Check with your local store for details and upcoming Teacher Appreciation days. Be sure to have your teacher ID with you to present at the register. Plus, register for WHBM Rewards to receive a discount on your first purchase and 5% off every purchase thereafter when spending $500 or more annually

 *Discounts are subject to change. Check with these retailers prior to shopping.