(Amber Garvin from Provo, Utah served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as 'Mormons') in the Richmond, Virginia area (Now called the "Virginia Chesapeake Mission"). 'Sister' Missionaries are able to serve at age 19 for a period of 18 months. They leave their homes, families and educational pursuits to love and serve their fellowman, and to teach about how families can be together forever. All are invited to follow her missionary experiences.)

*I have now returned home to Utah and will continue to share the experiences of being a returned missionary. :)

Wardrobe Ideas

Recommendations for clothing, shoes, etc:

Living in Provo, I thought that it was going to be super easy to go to a couple of stores and find everything I needed.  That was not a realistic expectation.   I did more shopping than I ever have in my whole life.  Don't get me wrong, I am beyond grateful that I have a great missionary wardrobe, but I do hope that I don't ever have to do that much shopping for myself ever again.

Here are some ideas for places that you can find things suitable for sister missionaries.  You have to search things out and it takes time, but you can do it!!

I shopped mostly in-store, but included links for those who prefer online shopping.


Dressbarn -- They had some great blouses, dresses and skirts that are washable.  If you have the chance go back twice because they get new stuff in all the time.

Mikarose-- They have great skirts that are super great length-wise.  They aren't super well made, but there are a lot of modest options.

Burlington Coat Factory -- You have to search, but I got a great dress there.

White House Black Market -- Great place if you need a suit.

Macy's -- I had never shopped here before because it is so much more expensive, but clearance is the way to go, and the quality of their clothing is a lot more durable and well made depending on what you get.

Kohl's -- Clearance is great here too, but they have more affordable nice things then some of the store at the mall.

Christopher and Banks -- I didn't shop a lot here, but one of the ladies at a shoe store I went to said that if you go into the store to figure out sizing, don't buy anything, then go online to clearance there are great deals.  You then call the store with what you want to order from online and they ship it to the store where you can try it on before buying it.  Also makes it easier for returns.

Downeast Basics -- I only shopped for undershirts here, but sometimes they have cute skirts and blouses.

JC Penny -- I was surprised at how much more affordable they have become.  Found some great shirts, and exercise clothing for great deals.

Other places I found things were:
WALMART (surprisingly... we'll see how long it lasts though)
TJMAXX (got a great messenger bag for a great price)


Clark's -- I thought that they were all going to be really old fashioned shoes, but there are some great options, and they are really well made.  I also got some socks to wear with flats that I LOVE!  They are a spandex mesh kind with a cotton sole, they don't slide off, and come with a complementary lifetime warranty.   I got these in Black, and these in a brown mix (They are SUPER great on my feet, and I love them.

I also bought two pairs of Crocs on Amazon.com.  Because I got both for the price of buying one pair wholesale online.
I bought a pair of black Kadee's and brown and pink Springi's

And a pair of  Aerosoles boots from Famous Footwear.