Affordable Back to School Teacher Outfits

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Affordable (and Fabulous) Teacher Outfit Capsule Wardrobe

It’s that time again! The back-to-school season brings hustle and bustle, anticipation, and shopping for school supplies and clothes. Whether you’re a brand new teacher building a wardrobe of basic teacher outfits or a seasoned veteran looking to freshen up your closet, chances are good that you’ll be on the lookout for a few “teacher” clothing items. And being a teacher, chances are even better that you don’t want to spend a fortune. Helllooooo, teacher budget. Well, you’re in luck. I’ve partnered with JCPenney to bring you a super affordable teacher outfit wardrobe capsule. With just 9 budget-friendly items, you can create 25+ outfits! And if you already own a pair of jeans, a sweater or two, a kimono, and anything else, the number of outfits you can create beyond these shown here is endless.

Note: This post was made in partnership with JCPenney. The clothing shown here was gifted to me by JCPenney. Also, this post contains some affiliate links. Shopping via these links means I may earn a small commission at absolutely no cost to you. As always, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own, and I only share products and brands that I love and think you will, too.
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25 Teacher and Casual Outfits

Check out allllll of the cute (and comfortable – you know me!) outfits I styled from just the 9 items shared below!










9 Affordable Items

And here are those 9 clothing items I used to create all of these looks! I’ll also share the cute leopard sneakers and pretty strappy sandals (both from JCPenney), as well as the accessories I used. Check out the video below for details about each piece, as well as sizing and material info.

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Why a Capsule Wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a small number of clothing items that can be styled into lots of different outfits. Benefits of a capsule wardrobe are that you can pare down and save space, of course. However, many people like to pull a small capsule wardrobe from their larger collection of clothes several times a year. Working from a capsule wardrobe means you don’t stand in front of your closet, overwhelmed with endless choices. Instead, you select from just a few items, which saves lots and lots of time (and stress if you tend to feel like you have “nothing to wear” even though you have a closet full of clothes).

Time is one thing teachers don’t have a lot of, so working from a smaller wardrobe capsule, especially at the beginning of a new school year, is a really good idea. As you can see, mixing and matching from a set of great basics gives you tons of outfit options. I hope this JCPenney teacher outfit wardrobe capsule gives you some ideas and inspiration for creating your own teacher outfits!

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