If you're like me, you have about 2 days between winter and summer. I'm always looking for tops that get me out of my cardigan rut and work well when the weather is just starting to warm up. (Sorry for the dusty mirror!)
I also think shirts like this are pretty forgiving when the winter hasn't been my best fitness season. I like these tops because they are kind to me while I work off the Girl Scout cookies I ate while in winter hibernation, but they still work once I've slimmed down a bit.
I kept it super simple and just paired this shirt with a pair of skinny jeans and a pair of suede shoes that I wear with almost anything. I'm linking the items I can find and a few other options. Enjoy!
The shirt is from Loft, and I feel like they've been my go-to for a while now. I've found their latest shirts really transition well from work to dinner. It seems like they are feminine enough that I don't feel frumpy, but they aren't revealing, so I feel appropriate at work. This one is sold out, but I'm linking a similar option...and a bright, spring-ish option.
And here are the jeans I live in these days and several options for loafers (since my shoes are a few years old...). I think loafers are the best this time of year. You don't have to worry about having cold feet in the morning (since it was 34 degrees here this morning), but you don't look like you are still living in winter when it's 65 degrees at 5:00. I'm posting several neutrals and a few fun pairs!
Today we had one of those weird, "Hey! Look! It's spring...maybe..." days, so I decided to keep things pretty simple. The thing I like about this outfit is mixing black and beige. I don't know why I like doing that, but I do.
I also like this sweater because the back has a fun surprise. As one co-worker said today, "Oh! That's fun. I wasn't expecting that!" I'm thinking that this one will come up in my wardrobe quite a bit this spring. It's a light sweater, and the stripes on the back seem to give it a bit of a spring look.
The pants are just my black Loft pants that I love,
But I do want to rave about the shoes. They're from a company called Nisolo, and I love them. I had been looking at their website for a few years and dreaming of buying a pair, but they are pretty pricey, so I hadn't taken the plunge. At Christmas, they had a 40% off sale, and I went for it. I'm so glad I did. As a kid, my dad had two pairs of Cole Haan shoes that he wore all the time. And any time they got beaten up, he'd polish them or get them resoled. It was a brilliant way to have nice shoes on a tight budget. I decided that getting a nicer pair of shoes that were well crafted with ethical practices would be a good investment. And, so far, I think I'm right. I wear these shoes all the time, they go with everything, and I've never had a pair of shoes that were so comfortable right from the start. I can see these being my version of the shoes my dad kept for years, and I like that from an environment perspective (not throwing out or giving away cheap shoes just to buy more cheap shoes), and I like it from a style perspective (these just look nicer than a cheaper pair that would wear out in a few years), and I like it from a small business perspective (since I'm supporting a small business that invests in its workers and values them). So, all that to say, I love these shoes.
I threw on my favorite spring earrings and a necklace I've had for a while. I think most of these items are still available, except for the necklace. I've linked the pants, shirt and shoes below along with a few similar jewelry options! Enjoy!
I thought I'd take a minute and share my thoughts on good sneakers. On Thursday I took a sick day to catch up on sleep and try to give myself my best chance of avoiding the flu and other illnesses that seem to be hitting my students rather hard. I could just tell that I was run down, and I thought preventative maintenance was in order.
So, when I got ready for the day, I went with a comfy sweater and a super comfy pair of sneakers. I also wore these on Friday, but I forgot to get a picture.
My favorite moment of wearing these sneakers was the following conversation with one of my students that I saw in the hallway on Friday. It went something like this:
Student: Oh--look at Ms. Taylor, wearing the New Balances.
Me: Yeah--they're so comfortable.
Me: Oh--I guess that's not what I'm supposed to say about my sneakers.
A few years into teaching, I decided to go from my standard Converse (don't get me wrong--I still have my Converse and love them, but they just aren't meant for hours of standing/walking) to a pair of sneakers that were a bit more unique and also were designed a bit more thoughtfully. I found that not only did the move to a more unique sneaker up my outfit game, but they were also WAY more comfortable, which is all I really wanted on a Friday after a long week of dress shoes.
But back to the present. On Thursday, I paired the shoes with a casual pair of jeans, a striped t-shirt, and my new favorite cardigan. It's basically gone, but I'm linking another option along with a jeans option and a striped shirt.
But mostly I'm including options for your own fun sneakers. I got mine on sale a while ago, but they are still available in other colors (maybe mine...unclear). Enjoy!
Yesterday I came to work to discover that my work BFF and I had accidentally dressed as twins. And then I went to the library during my planning period and discovered that there had clearly been a memo about wearing burgundy on Thursdays. At the end of the day, I looked in the mirror and thought, "This is such a teacher outfit, but I'm a teacher, so that works."
I must say that I've gotten so used to having a bit of stretch in my pants, so any time I wear a pair of normal pants that are less forgiving, I find myself a bit uncomfortable. It just seems that without stretch the pants must fit perfectly, right from the beginning. Not only will they not stretch to accommodate that big meal I ate last night, but they also don't do well if I'm losing weight because they become bagging pretty quickly. You just kinda have to hit on the perfect size. This pair was one of those pairs you buy because you realize you have no pants and are tired of wearing skirts all the time. I really like the color, and I really like being able to wear neutrals without feeling frumpy, but I wouldn't wear these on a long day or if I was doing something that was really interactive. But for a typical Thursday, they are a fine option. Loft doesn't have my pants for sale anymore, but I'm linking Gap's go-to pants. They have a ton of colors on sale, and I have a few pairs of these that I'm fond of. Just click on the picture.
The cardigan was a $12 purchase from a flash sale, and I really love anything with stripes and any cardigan that has embellishments on it. I also love that this one is really lightweight and stretchy, so it goes easily over a long sleeve shirt, but it will also do well over a dress in the spring. I can't find anything similar, but I'm linking a few options at the bottom of this post.
The tank top is one of my new favorites. Express has these in a bunch of colors, and it's just a bit looser than most tanks, so I don't feel quite as self conscious.
The shoes are the same ones I linked the other day, but I'll link them again. Again, I'll admit that I now am a person that wears Dr. Scholl's shoes, but I'm okay with that because they've really upped their game, and the shoes are cute and super comfortable. I'm officially at the age when I just don't want to have a pained look on my face all day just so I can wear shoes that I thought were cute when I put them on at 7:45 that morning. I've also noticed that my back-up shoes that I keep under the desk rarely get worn these days because my feet are just generally happier.
So here are a few of my Thursday dressing tips:
1. Know your wardrobe. If you love neutral tops/cardigans, make sure you have some skirts or pants that can add some color to your outfit. If you know that you buy every flow-y top you can find, make sure you're jeans/work pants are fitted enough to balance out the outfit.
2. Know yourself enough to know what you will and won't be up for. I've often been guilty of buying clothes in a bit of an optimistic mood, and then realizing that I'm not really willing to be that uncomfortable all day or it's never going to be a good time to wear pointy-toe heels to school.
3. Know that it's okay to have outfits that are just so teacher-y and practical. If it makes you comfortable, looks put together, and works for what you'll be doing that day, then wear it.
Okay--click below for links to the shoes and tank. I'm also including a few options for a similar cardigan and a few more cute Dr. Scholl's shoes (just to prove my point that they've really gotten better about making cute shoes).
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