Today is another glorious day of winter break, so I thought I'd post an outfit from my first full day of winter break (last Thursday). I flew home immediately after school on our last day, so I got to wake up at my parents' house and fully enjoy a day with them, in my hometown, enjoying some of my favorite local stores and my absolute favorite tea shop. It was pretty delightful.
I think winter break is one of those times when a teacher must think about what they really need and make it work for them. I know some friends that love spending every minute of their break with family and friends that they don't get to see much during the school year and I have other friends that really need these days to re-energize after being surrounded by students for months. I think it's really important for teachers to know themselves and do what works for them. It's really easy to spend the all-too-short break making sure that you do all the things that you think others are expecting of you and end up not getting the rest you need or get the things on your to do list completed and go back to school just as wiped out as you were before the break. I still struggle with this, and it's always a balancing issue for me. I want to make sure that I spend plenty of time with the people I love and don't get to see often, but I also have to take some time to tackle tasks that take a bit more time than I have during an average school week.
But on to the outfit...I decided to bring home a few new tops I had purchased during J. Crew's big post-Thanksgiving sale and this top was one of my favorites. As I mentioned in my last post, I'm a bit excited about the '90s coming back. This may be because I see this as a do-over for all of my horrible fashion choices in high school, or...well..yeah--that's the only real explanation. Either way, when I saw this top, I thought it would be something fun and different. Maybe it's just me, but my winter wardrobe can get a bit boring with a constant string of sweaters and/or button-down shirts, and any time I can throw in something different, I'm going to go for it. I also like that it's not super fitted and is a peplum design. As soon as I put this one in my digital cart, I started thinking about all of the ways I could dress it up for work or dress it down for a Friday night. I was definitely thinking of the '90s grunge-ish look and knew I wanted to pair it with a denim jacket and grey or black jeans. I'm looking forward to seeing what it looks like with a blazer or cardigan for work. It might be a bust, but we'll find out. Here's the link to this shirt. It comes in a few other colors as well.
Maybe it's just me, and I watched too many episodes of My So Called Life, but I'm happy that layers and darker colors and weird fabrics are making a comeback.
The jeans are my favorite grey jeans. They have the perfect amount of stretch, are a high enough waist that I don't spend the day worried about them, and they seem to hold up well through a million visits to the washing machine. This pair is 3 years old, but here is a pretty similar pair. I'm not sure that the waist is quite as convenient, but it is a good cut.
The jean jacket is a J. Crew staple, but they don't sell them in the winter, so I'm linking to a Gap version. I had a Gap denim jacket for about ten years before I decided that it made sense to get a new one. To be honest, the old one is in the back of my car along with a pair of sweat pants, a pair of flip flops, a blanket and a few other things I keep back there in case I need them. Sometimes I want to run into the grocery store after I go to the gym or I visit a friend and we decide to sit on the rooftop after the sun goes down. There are just some random times that I end up wanting a blanket or a jacket, and it just seems easier to keep one in the back of the car.
I bought the boots last fall, and it took me a while to figure out exactly how to incorporate them into my wardrobe, but they are finding themselves on my feet more and more as the winter goes on. I love them because they keep my feet warm and are really comfortable. They also have a bit of a country vibe to them, so I like that too! Here are a few options since they don't sell my shoes anymore. I love Lucky Brand, so here is one cute option from them.
And here's another. I have a few pairs of their shoes, and I'm finding myself seeking them out more and more. They hold up really well, the designs tend to be a bit unique, and they leave my feet happy!
And here's one last option from TOMS, a company I really love.
I hope that gives you a few options for fun, warm shoes and, if you're like me, an idea of how to relive your high school wardrobe with a bit more success. I'm off to enjoy a movie and maybe take the dog for a walk later.
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