Ask WoW Insider: How does tier gear work?

Our question today at Ask WoW Insider concerns tiered gear and where to get it. Candide from Hallowed Arcana on Farstriders writes:
"So as a new lvl 60, (Actually to 61 now)I have no tiered gear. Whats worse is I have no idea where to start. Do I need teir 1 through 5 gear before I can get teir 6? I have been playing WoW for a year now, but actual time played is only something like 20 days so in most things I am still a noob. My guild is usually very friendly and helpful but they are all working the run to 70 while im limping along at 61.

Can you please expalin to me what gear I should look for, what tiered gear is, and where to get it.
The whole tiered armor concept can be daunting to new players -- can you help Candide sort it out?

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