I thought I'd add another blog with some casual teacher outfit ideas. If you're like me, this time of year is plagued with late openings and disrupted schedules, so you tend to have more days that call for a more casual outfit. This one includes one of my new favorite cardigans. It's super cozy and layers well over a t-shirt or silk shirt. I'm also wearing some of my favorite jeans and a cute shirt I grabbed super on sale from Banana Republic's Factory store. I added some booties to make it a bit cuter. I feared that pairing it with flats would make me look a bit too much like a soccer mom, and since I don't fully understand soccer, and I'm not a mom, I wanted to avoid that. Anyway--I've linked a ton of similar boots below--a few pairs that will work well for winter, one whimsical pair that I just thought were adorable, and a few pairs that I thought might work well for spring. Enjoy!
And here are some cardigan options. I'm sad to say that the cardigan I have is nowhere to be found on the Loft website, but Express has some cute options for colder days, and I've been staring at this cardigan from Banana Republic, waiting for the price to drop enough that I can justify buying it. :)
And here are the links to the shirt and jeans I'm wearing.
(Sidenote--please excuse my dusty mirror. I promise to dust before I take more pictures. :)) Last week, I got an alert that Loft had a sale with pants and tops on sale for $12.88. I grabbed a pair of cords and this top in the sale. With the weather being in that weird stage that goes from winter to spring-ish, tops like this are super useful. As much as I want to spend the last few weeks of winter wearing all my favorite sweaters one last time, it's just a bit too warm in my classroom to be bundled up.
I'm always worried about shirts like this making me look like I'm hiding a pregnancy given their flow-y nature, but I think pairing it with skinny jeans helps with that.
My feet were a bit beat up from a busy week of hosting a conference and teaching, so I gave them a day off by wearing these grey slippers from Dr. Scholl's that I picked up last year with a coupon from DSW.
As I've mentioned several times, I try to use my Fridays as a chance to wear cute tops that don't work so well with dress pants or skirts. Sometimes I just throw on a school spirit t-shirt and cardigan, but if I can, I try to put together something that makes it easy for me to grab dinner with a friend without having to go home and change (since I feel like if I'm wearing my school shirt out to dinner I have to be a bit more careful about what I say about work, etc.).
Here are my February Friday tips:
1. Counter the February slump with an outfit that makes you feel like more of a "real person" and less of a tired teacher. As one of my favorite co-workers says, sometimes you dress the outside hoping it'll influence the inside. :)
2. Wear those cute long sleeved shirts you bought but haven't worn as often as you thought you would. If you're like me, you saw yourself wearing cute little outfits all winter but snow days, delayed openings, and general winter fatigue made you pass on those outfits in favor of comfy favorites.
3. Pay attention to the weather. And then know that it might not affect the temperature of your room at all...so dress in fabrics that can handle a cold classroom in the morning and the warm temperatures that will hit you when you walk out of the door at the end of the day.
I'm linking all three of the items I'm wearing. The jeans really are heavenly. They keep their color, hold their shape, and are so comfortable that I showed up to the movies last night, my friend asked why I hadn't changed into my yoga pants like I said I was going to, and I told her that the jeans were just so comfortable that it didn't make sense to change.
It's been a really long time since I've taken time to blog, but with a snow day today and a delayed opening for tomorrow, I thought I'd take a minute to post something. No promises that this will happen again any time in the near future. :)
I'm posting a variation of my winter teacher uniform: a skirt, a sweater (with probably a shirt underneath), tights and boots. I'm a big fan of brightly colored skirts, and I usually just pair them with a neutral of some kind. In this case, I chose a striped sweater. This one is the best because it combines my love of stripes and my love of tops with animals on them.
Not surprisingly, I put a chambray shirt underneath. I got this one from an Express sale a while ago, and it's perfect for layering because it's really thin. It is on the short side though, so it doesn't work too well if you want to tuck it in or want it to show at the bottom of the sweater.
I would normally wear my new oxfords, but this was a rainy, gross day, so I wore my Tom's boots to keep my feet warm and cozy.
I love outfits like this because each piece can be mixed and matched with so many different things, but they come together easily. Especially in the cold, dark winter morning, it's so nice to be able to grab a skirt, a sweater, and a chambray shirt and be done.
The skirt was a winter break purchase, but the rest of these items are a bit old. I'm putting in some links to similar items.
The first skirt is the sidewalk skirt that J.Crew sells every season. It comes in a ton of colors. The second option might not work for school depending on your height, but it is the same color as mine. The final option is the pencil skirt that J. Crew also sells every season in different colors. Since it's the end of winter, they aren't really selling corduroy, but these might give you some spring options.
Here are a few sweater options. All three would go with a mix of skirts, pants, or jeans.
And here are a few boot options! And below is the link to the Express shirt.
So, here are some winter weather teacher tips:
1. Have mix-and-match items so you can easily get dressed on sleepy mornings.
2. Remember that colorful skirts can work really well as long as there are a few neutral tops in your wardrobe.
3. I'm not really sure that every item in your closet is going to "spark joy", but when possible, it's nice to have a sweater or top that really makes you smile on a day that you might be a bit worn out from the school year.
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