The start of another school year is here! For some, that means getting the kids’ school supplies, backpacks, and clothes ready. And for some of you, you’re the head of the classroom, so you’ve got a whole list of things to get ready before the school year starts! To help ease the back to school transition, I recently hit up my local Loft, Old Navy, Target, to put together a few outfits that I thought might be great options for the classroom. From casual Fridays to more dressed up days, I tried to cover it all while keeping comfort in mind!
I’ve mentioned it before, but it can’t be said enough – you teachers get all my praises! My mom was a teacher for many years until she retired, and the talents and gifts that each of you have does not go unnoticed. It’s something I probably couldn’t ever do. To all you teachers out there- I look up to each and every one of you! What you do each and every day is amazing, and I hope you always feel appreciated!
One thing to note- while you’ll see that most of the pants, tops, and dresses come from the stores mentioned above, some of the shoes do not. I’m a firm believer that 9 times out of 10, you get what you pay for with shoes. You can spend $15 on a pair of heels, and you’re probably going to be ready to take them off after 15 minutes [if not sooner]. I’d suggest investing in a pair or two of quality shoes to last you the whole year and save your feet some pain! The two pairs I recommend and wear all the time [so I can vouch for their comfort levels] are this pair of heels and this pair of wedges.
What does your back-t0-school shopping trip look like? Do you add in some trendy items here and there or do you focus more on investment pieces?
Looks for Teachers
This yellow dress comes in one of my favorite colors [surprise, surprise!]. Sometimes we all need a little extra sunshine brought into our days, and this dress does just that. It’s a modest length and neckline, but has a tie waist to give you a defined waist line! It’s also lightweight enough for those hot days that you’re on bus duty or out at recess!
I’m loving this look so much! The shoulder details give this top such a feminine feel and add a little something extra to an otherwise “safe” outfit! White top + dark pants + tan color shoes is a look you can’t go wrong with [unless you spill coffee a lot- then you can most definitely go wrong]. And if you’ve never tried the Old Navy Pixie Pant, stop what you are doing and TRY THE OLD NAVY PIXIE PANT. They’re a great everyday pant at an affordable price, and they come in a ton of colors and prints!
Leopard print is big this fall, and thankfully the price tags on these next two looks are NOT big! Because of that, you don’t have to worry about the trend being on it’s way out next school year, because you didn’t spend a ton on this trend!
Time and Tru – Women’s Denim Jacket [TTS, wearing size small] // Old Navy Printed Ponte-Knit Sheath Dress for Women [TTS, wearing size small] // Yeti Rambler Mug, 14 oz. // Vince Camuto Leera Espadrille Wedge Sandals Women Shoes
If you want to live large on the wild side, go big with this leopard dress! With your dress being the main statement piece of the outfit, tone it down a bit with a denim jacket and neutral black wedges! After work, ditch the jacket for dinner or a girls night out!
Long Sleeve Open Layer Cardigan [TTS, wearing size small] // Animal Print V-Neck Tank Top [TTS, wearing size small] // KUT from the Kloth Donna High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans // Vince Camuto Fretzia Perforated Boot
Or if you’d rather keep the feline side of you a bit less prominent, save it for casual Fridays with jeans and a top! It’s hard to beat a classic jean, tank, and cardigan look, so incorporating some trending prints and a cute pair of comfortable booties will keep you the style queen of the school that you are!
Another fun way to add in trends is in your accessories! This is a great way to blend together classics and trends. This top and these pants will be closet staples for years to come, while the leopard shoes may just be for a year or two.
LOFT Duster Sweater Vest [TTS, wearing size small] // Essentials Long sleeve Collared Western Denim Shirt [TTS, wearing size small] // Old Navy Mid-Rise Pixie Chinos for Women [TTS, wearing size 4] // Charles by Charles David Maxx Pointy Toe Pump // Steve Madden Feather Studded Loafer // Structured Top Handle Work Tote Handbag
Switching away from the traditional black or gray pants for a green gives you more of a military style without full on camo! And we all know that camo is trending this fall! I paired it with a chambray top and layered it up with a longer vest for those colder days and then some heels to add some height to the look! Or, if flats is more your style, these flats are a recent find that I’ve been loving, and then lose the vest for a simplified head to toe look!
A classic black and white look can take you from the classroom to dinner to Target [or maybe Target is where it all started… hmmm]. I love the pattern on this top and especially love the back button detail! It begs the question of “is she wearing her shirt backwards?” We’ll never know. I like to keep ’em guessing 😉
Hopefully these outfits will give you some fresh ideas for ways to update your wardrobe with current trends in an affordable way this school year!