Teacher Dress Up: Pre-Thanksgiving {Day Before Break}

Teacher Dress Up: Day Before Thanksgiving

Teacher Dress Up: Day Before Thanksgiving by teachinginstyle

Most people treat pre-holiday work wear as casual Fridays.  I allow myself to do this the day before Thanksgiving and winter break if it falls midweek.  There is no reason to hold off on your sweater dress until Thanksgiving.  Get another wear out of it by pairing it with leggings and knee-high boots.  I have two options featured above and choose complementary accessories.  A nice chunky scarf will add another layer for warmth and polish.  These are the days that require a timepiece so you can track the countdown at any point throughout the day.  The nail polish plays off the scarf — a purple shade to pair with the green in the scarf, and a burnt rust to go with the orangey brown in the scarf on the left.

Teacher Dress Up: Camel Skirt Four Ways

Four Ways Camel Pencil Skirt

After a twelve year J. Crew hiatus, I have slowly reintroduced this storefront into my mall repertoire. I’m still undecided about whether or not I will continue to frequent the store, and creasing seems to be the reason.  Though a more professional selection awaits at J.Crew, my Gap wardrobe fares far better than most of my J.Crew pieces.  In any case, I picked up this camel #2 skirt this summer and it has been a staple (crease and all).  Here are four quick outfits, that are easy to pull off.

When choosing a chambray shirt for this skirt, I go with my a heavy weight and dark shade.  I go for my dark brown boots rather than a perfectly matched tan/camel boot.  My fall scarf this year is a mix of burgundy, lilac, and army green.  This was the closest match I could.  I highly recommend this hard to find color combo.  It will match far more than you expect.  I chose tribal inspired jewelry to pair with the scarf’s print.

Down to the more dressed up workwear, I’ve worn this skirt with both an ivory blouse and navy blouse.  I kept the ivory blouse combination neutral from head to toe.  The actual piece from my closet is an Old Navy chiffon-esque blouse (similar to this one, but with half the buttons up the front) from last year that I have worn all $10 worth, three times over.  I like the orange belt to brighten up the look and the wooden bangle to relax it a bit.  Brighten and relax…an oxymoron?

This week I paired the skirt with a blouse and floral skirt.  I ended up wearing the my outerwear (a cream-colored puffy vest) all day in an effort to stop the teeth chatter.  I kind of liked the look and was actually quite comfortable.  i stuck with my chocolate brown riding boots, but a taller build may be able to pull off the ankle boot for a more casual look.

Beyond the Bell: Weekend Wear – Purple and Burgandy

Fall Weekend Wear: Skinny Cargos
A a lilac hue is rather unexpected for fall.  Pair it with “camo” green and burgundy, and you’ve instantly got fall attire.  The neutral shade in the earrings, boots, and bracelet all pair well with the light sweater, while the burgundy bag and hat provide a contrast.  I like this color combination because it’s an updated look for last year’s skinny cargos.

Teacher Dress Up: Casual Late Fall Friday

Teacher Dress Up: Casual Fall Friday

Teacher Dress Up: Casual Fall Friday by teachinginstyle

Bridging the gap between leggings and the work place, a ponte pant is a casual Friday essential, and yet another non-denim option.  The chambray button (on the longer side) is my answer to the sweatshirt at work.  The scarf is an essential and could easily be swapped for a brighter option.   The key to the outfit is the shoes — should be a flat, and a pointed flat rather than a round toe which can look a bit ballerina-esque.  A neutral dotted/animal print shoe could replace the cap-toe pair featured above.  Simple jewelry should be added to keep from overpowering the embellished sweatshirt.

Weekend Escape: Late Fall Weekend

Weekend Escape: Fall Weekend
Travel Outfit #1:  jeans/striped top/parka/ankle boots/burgundy bag/gold studs/gold rings from stacking set
Evening Outfit #1:  Green jean/white t-shirt/mixed material moto jacket/grey clutch/black pumps/silver earrings/silver rings from stacking set/bracelets
Day Outfit:  jeans/cable sweater/burgundy bag/ankle boots/gold studs/mixed stacking rings
Evening Outfit #2:  black skinny pants/black tunic-blouse/faux fur vest/black pump/geometric pave earrings/tiger’s eye ring/long gold pendant/gold clutch
Day/Travel Outfit #2:  black skinny pants/ankle boots/cream blouse/faux fur vest/gold studs/gold bangles/burgundy bag
PJ/Lounge:  sweats/lounge top