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7 Winter Teacher Outfits for the Classroom

7 Winter Teacher Outfits for the Classroom


Dressing for the winter in the classroom can be a bit of a challenge. It's freezing outside, but then you get inside and it's sweltering hot (and you may not even have access to control the temperature in your classroom - thank goodness I do!). I find winter to be such a fun season to dress for, but it can definitely test my ability to dress well. There are days where I want to go to school in the closest thing to sweatpants and a sweatshirt simply to stay warm (I, of course, resist that urge). And let me tell you, after moving from Southern California (where it's 50-60 degrees in the winter) to Northern California (where it's 25-45 degrees in the winter) I have been chilled to my core!!

So to help you get dressed and ready through the rest of the winter, I've rounded up some of my favorite winter teacher outfits for the classroom. Many of these looks include pieces that I've reused and am re-wearing. (Does anyone else feel bad buying something and then only wearing it once or twice? Why do that when you could get so much more use out of it simply by layering or adding a different scarf?!)

You'll notice a trends with a lot of these looks - black, grey, and white. Since I had to buy a lot more winter-y clothes (moving from LA, I have basically zero), I decided to stick to a color theme so I could more easily mix and match. To add color, simply throw on a scarf!



This skirt (all the heart eyes). I wish J. Crew still had it in stock, but I purchased it about three years ago. J. Crew is still on the fluted skirt train, and I think they're beautiful. There's just something whimsical and extra girly about this style (and I'm not even super girly-girl at all!).


I love this look simply for the ease of it. Black jeggings, black top, grew sweater. What you can't see in this picture is that this sweater has adorable buttons down the back of it - I love the added detail to make it an especially unique piece! In the mornings, I throw on my warm winter coat, and I'm ready to go!


I love all of the layers in this look. On days that it rains, I dislike wearing jeans because they tend to get wet or damp and they stay that way for a while. Instead, tights and a skirt (or in this case, a dress), will dry out much faster! This look has many layers to it. I started with a darling Banana Republic Factory dress ($35 - a steal!), added an old chambray, a sweater, and then a vest. The layering is what makes this look stand out, and I just absolutely love it. 


Another simple look to keep in your back pocket. Black jeggings (per usual), a white blouse, and a cream (or any color would work) vest. Add a scarf for some more color and depth!


I wish Banana Republic still had this pencil skirt in stock because I loved styling it for winter, but you could absolutely wear this skirt any time of year in the classroom - it's incredibly versatile. I got it from Banana's sale rack with an additional 40% off - it came to about $25 (can't pass that up!). Adding black to the rest of the look makes it an easy one to wear over and over again :) 


If you follow me on Instagram or you've read this post, you know how much I love this sweater. It is so soft, and while it is kind of a stand-out piece that people notice, I think you could get away with wearing this once a week if your heart desired! Just add different scarves and/or vests to change the look!


Another great Banana Republic Factory investment in this coat (of course, got it on sale!). It's a great coat to wear through winter and the fall and spring - one of those versatile pieces that can be worn again and again. I'm a big believer in purchasing quality, timeless pieces! 

I also recently added this jacket to my wardrobe, and I've been wearing it over pretty much every outfit! Keeps me warm outside for yard duty :) 




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My Favorite Winter Piece

My Favorite Winter Piece




This striped turtleneck is my favorite winter go-to piece right now. It's beyond comfortable and it can be dressed up for school or dressed down for the weekend. Either way, you'll be sure to get compliment after compliment in this beautiful piece.

To dress it up for work, throw on a pair of comfortable black jeggings and some cute black boots. I also like pairing this with a black or burgundy vest when I wear it to school. To dress it down for the weekend, simply trade out the black jeggings for a pair of jeans and add a vest! I love these down vests from J. Crew - make sure to grab one while they're still on sale!






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A Weekend With Earth Brands

A Weekend With Earth Brands



If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love Earth Brands. So I got together with them to do a little weekend takeover of their Instagram account. Here are some of my favorite shots from our weekend together. (I've linked up all of the shoes that are still in production - they're the best teacher shoe ever made!









The first day, we went to a local town fair, and I paired the Earth Odyssey Ankle Boots with a fun dress and layered thin sweater. These were the perfect shoes to walk around town in!

On the second day, we spent the day exploring San Francisco - from the Painted Ladies to Pier 39, we definitely did A LOT of walking. The Earthies Bindis in Coral were an excellent match for a more casual, yet preppy look. (Bonus, no blisters at all, and it was my first time wearing them for that long!)

Are you an Earth Brands fanatic like I am? I've included links to some of my favorite pairs that I own!






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Spring Teacher Outfits for the Classroom

Spring Teacher Outfits for the Classroom



As the temps go up and the summer gets closer, it's always fun to start breaking out my spring teacher outfits! I'm currently loving these spring looks that are totally appropriate for the classroom and super comfortable! I've done my best to link up as many pieces as possible for you, but some of these items I've had in my closet for years.

Top (similar) // White Jeggings (SO comfy!) // Shoes (they will be discontinuing this style, so grab 'em while you can!)
 Dress (similar) // Shoes
Dress // Shoes
Skirt (different color, but similar style) // Shoes (similar)
Dress (similar) // Shoes
Skirt (only navy blue available, but still darling!) // Shoes (similar)
Bag // Shoes // Dress (similar)
Use each of these looks as inspiration as you look through what you already have! Do you follow me on Instagram and Facebook for Teacher Fashion Inspiration?

I also host a FB Group called The Styled Teachers where we share deals, tips, and all things teacher fashion. I would love to have you join us (it's free and completely NOT spammy! #noonelikesspam). 


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Why Teacher Fashion Matters: Part Two

Why Teacher Fashion Matters: Part Two



You may have already seen my earlier post about appearance in the classroom and read of how important I feel appearances are in that regard. Luckily, I work at a school where what you wear to work is highly valued - you won't see any teachers in sweats, short shorts, or tops cut way too low at my school. But I've been on campus at quite a few other schools and noticed some terrible outfit choices - low cut tops, UGG boots (I love my UGG slippers, just not for work!), disheveled and wrinkled clothing - I'm sure you've all seen it before. While some of these choices may work well for other outings or events, I strongly feel that they do not belong in the classroom. 

Without further ado, here is my second tip to ensure you will feel fabulous in the classroom!

Invest in Button-Up & Pullover Cardigans & Sweaters.
I own too many of these, but I wear them all the time! They are a classic style that can make nearly anything look professional (sans aforementioned outfit choices above ...). I mix cardigans and sweaters with dress pants, skirts, dresses, even black jeggings and colorful pants! They are a "go-to" staple in my closet. I buy most of my cardigans and sweaters from Old Navy, J. Crew, Banana Republic and Nordstrom.

Some of my favorite pull-overs.


And some of my favorite button-ups!

I've linked up some of my favorite pull-overs and cardigans that are teacher-affordable!





Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more outfit ideas! 

How do you style cardigans and sweaters?
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Why Teacher Fashion Matters: Part One

Why Teacher Fashion Matters: Part One



Welcome to Part One of Teacher Fashion 101. Today, I'll be sharing my thoughts and opinions on the semi-controversial topic of WHY TEACHER FASHION MATTERS, as well as giving you tips and tricks to help make dressing for success in the classroom just a bit easier!

As a teacher, I've always noticed the underlying importance of one's appearance as an educator. Yes, on some level, I do dislike the "keeping up with the Jones' " that fashion can sometimes create, but as a teacher, appearance means a lot - probably more than you think.

Let's be honest here. Your appearance is your first impression when you meet new people - whether you like it or not. Beyond this though, putting effort into what you wear and how you present yourself can make a BIG difference in how you feel throughout the course of the day. When I throw on jeans and a cute blouse instead of sweats and a workout shirt, I feel just a little bit more confident and better about how I look. (We all know the feeling of bumping into someone when we aren't looking our best ...)

Most importantly, as educators, it is our JOB to be role models for our students, and if we don't look like we spent any time preparing ourselves for our job, how can we expect our students to do the same (or look like they at least showered within the past week!)?*

Here is my first tip (of many) to ensure you will feel fantastic about yourself throughout the day!

PLAN YOUR OUTFIT THE NIGHT BEFORE

I always spend about 5 minutes the night before picking out an outfit. In the morning, I just throw it on, and I'm ready to go! No standing in front of my closet for 10 minutes trying to figure out what to wear or changing my outfit FIVE times before heading out the door!


I like to hang my outfit up to see how (and if!) the pieces will go together. If it works, I leave it hanging up in my closet just like this, so I can grab and go in the morning. (Sometimes I will even try my outfit on the night before to make sure it works - especially if it's a new look I'm trying out.) All of this takes quite a bit of stress off of my shoulders when trying to get out the door on time. 

What are your thoughts on appearance in education? Please share in the comments below!

Check out Part Two of Why Teacher Fashion Matters here.

*This does not apply to teachers who risk the chance of getting thrown-up on or glitter and glue stuck to his/her clothes! ;)

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How to Wear Booties

How to Wear Booties



One of the biggest questions I get asked is how to properly wear booties. First of all, I think you can wear booties however you would like, as long as you like the way they look! These are all just suggestions based on my personal opinions :) It's not the end all be all of bootie fashion! Here are my top 5 favorite ways to wear booties - all of which are appropriate for the classroom.

#1 Wear your pants tucked all the way into your boots!
You may have to wear leggings (only if you're wearing a long tunic or really long shirt - leggings are not pants!) or pants that go all the way to your ankles because it will look silly if you can partially see your skin.



#2 Wear them with a dress (with or without tights). 
I love wearing booties with dresses during the fall and winter - they help take less wintery outfits into the different seasons.


#3 Wear them with pencil skirts! 
This is honestly one of my favorite looks. Booties and pencil skirts look so super cute and are perfect for you teacher fashionistas! #buyallthepencilskirts


#4 Cuffed. 
I love cuffing about 2 inches so they hit just above where the bootie starts. Make sure you do this with tight-legged jeans otherwise it can look a little sloppy.


#5 Rolled hem. 
This is probably how I wear my booties most often and with any of my straight leg pants. I roll the hem over as close to the hem as possible and then roll them one more time. Really easy and cute!






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