Whenever I talk to my colleagues, new teachers, or friends–I’m always asked the same question: “What do you wear?” Granted, I currently teach at a university, so the dress code is more lenient than when I worked in the high school setting. However, just because the rules of what you can wear are more lax, doesn’t mean you should go to your job looking like you just rolled out of bed. So, for this blog, I’ve gathered some of my favorite staples in my closet AND some trendier pieces that work well when paired with classics. Being an educator doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your personal style. You just have to be more creative when it comes to implementing it.
Monday: Classic in Cream? I like starting the week off with something more dressy. I think it just gets me pumped for Monday in some odd way. So cream, black, and white is a safeÂ palletÂ but it can be easily updated with a funky bag (I do like big books…) and great bangles. Each of these pieces can be found easily and at a fair price. Kohl’s accessories anyone??
Tuesday: Chunky sweaters and comfy cords. I like to be comfortable when I’m teaching, but my students have said to me numerous times that I never wear color. Grey is a color, friends–so if you’re stuck in greyscale world an easy update is the colored cord. I love cords because they’re soft and warm, so pairing it with a go-to black chunky sweater makes for a nice and almost midweek outfit. Pair it with a black tote bag, studded clogs, and earrings to match the hardware. There can be spice even if you are a fan of black.
Wednesday: So you like wearing dresses, do you? You must be teaching children who know how to walk and go to the bathroom on their own! Congratulations. (I kid. I taught preschool for a short time–there is no such thing as fashion there.) Dresses can be tricky since hormone infused boys will look everywhere but the board when you’re wearing one. Trick? Tone it down with a cardigan. Show legs, cover the arms and chest, and add in theseÂ grey scaleÂ accessories and that go-to tote. Pair a dress with flats for school settings. Heels belong with pants for the classroom.
Thursday: Love those new knee length skirts? I do, too. I also love purple, but haven’t had much success with wearing it until I came across this little combo. Same rule applies for classroom dresses. Cover the arms with a long sleeve white tee, and wear it tucked in to mimic the high waisted skirt look while still keeping those knees covered. Pair with killer accessories like this necklace and silver flats for another pop of color. Ditch the black tote for today and switch to this cream, structured tote.
Oh, it’s Friday?? You’ve made it through your first week of teaching? Wear some jeans, darn it! You’ve earned it! Keep it classy AND casual with a classic white tee, DARK jeans, and a fun striped blazer (that can also be paired with Monday’s black trousers–how convenient!) Finish it off with heels, a cook cocktail ring, and that black tote that I own so many of.
Hopefully, if you’re a new teacher you can begin to add in your own style elements once you get more comfortable with your students, colleagues, and parents (if you’re in the elementary or secondary schools). I HATE when people say that teachers can’t be fashionable and professional. I’ve been doing it since 2010 (minus the plaid tweed incident of 2011…forget I mentioned it). PS – these outfits aren’t just for teachers! We can ALL benefit from a work update now and again. Happy shopping!