If you haven’t seen the Northeast on the news, we’re just getting through what the Weather Channel is calling an Arctic Vortex. Are you kidding me? Meanwhile, it’s supposed to be 50 degrees this coming Saturday. Guess I’ll open some windows and let the fresh air in? New England boasts some pretty wacky and unpredictable weather, but regardless, I’ll still have to get my classroom and look professional while doing it. Unless, of course, there’s a snow day! Dressing for sub-zero temps can be annoying and often bulky. I don’t do bulky. So without further ado, three tried (by me!) and trusted winter teaching outfits that keep you toasty without sacrificing your personal style. Cheers!
I am an advocate for the sweater dress and leggings. How to make them school appropriate? Make them a Chino style legging. I have a great pair of eggplant Chino leggings by HueÂ that I adore. Chino leggings are thicker, warmer, and none of this is bulky. Pair with some black booties (I got mine at Target) and some simple bangles and earrings.
I’m obsessed with blazers because they can make anything look polished. I spoke about blazers in my last teacher outfit blog, but this time we’re focusing on corduroy blazers that will keep the heat in and the bulk out. Layer your blazer with a simple turtle neck sweater like the one above and pair with sleek dress pants and simple heels. Add a chunky bracelet (I love this one with the Eiffel Tower).
Stubborn? Want to wear cutesy clothes and not worry about layering or strategic planning? That’s fine. I have days like that, too. Here is my arsenal of winter fashion that looks amazing for the school, the nice restaurant, or just for wearing around your home when the heat is set too low. I bought a long peacoat like this years ago and I bring it out only for sub zero temps. Though it was pricey, it’s worth every penny. I also have mittens similar to these Kate Spades (mine are a budget friendly Hi and By set from Old Navy) and an infinity scarf from Old Navy as well. My Clarks boots (I love, love, love, Clarks) keep my feet warm and toasty since Uggs really don’t jive well in the classroom.
Though I don’t have a “set in stone” dress code where I teach, many of teachers do! However, as I learned way back when while working in a school with teacher dress code, style doesn’t have to be sacrificed if you know where to place your style and how to weave it in. Stay toasty, my friends.