Recently, I was on a spring, outdoor field trip. While I acknowledge that it’s difficult to dress comfortably for a field trip, there are certain articles to avoid. I saw a few too many outfits styled similar to the outfit on the left. While I wouldn’t be afraid to wear the outfit in public (minus that backpack), I wouldn’t necessarily wear it in front of teenagers or my colleagues on a school trip.
The outfit on the right is an alternative to the pieces from the original ensemble. Just because a field trip calls for casual attire, doesn’t mean your weekend wear is appropriate. I substituted a simple straight jean for the distressed style on the left, careful to avoid a too-skinny leg. Also, I subbed a metallic sheen v-neck for the revealing tank in the original set. This could easily be replaced with a solid v-neck of any color. If you are set on wearing a tank top, a sleeveless tank will fare better for the occasion. As for the backpack, find a neutral that is toned down. Marshalls and TJMaxx have a variety of canvas bags that would be great for a field trip, day trip, or the beach.
Dressing for field trips can be a bit chancy. Unpredictable rain, uncomfortable bus rides, air conditioning, sun, you never know. I would rather be warm than cold, so I paired a simple oxford, typical, with a pair of straight jeans. The winner in this outfit is the canvas backpack and espadrille loafers. These are so comfortable and practical.
I hesitated when I spotted a pair of army green Theory cropped trousers at Marshalls because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to wear them until the fall approached. I decided that it would be a nice way to add some spring pastels while still looking professional. So far, I’ve worn the pants with the a pale grey sweater, a lilac blouse, and peach/pink blouse. I LOVE the look of yellow against the army green. I added the tie neck blouse to add a girly touch and the blue bag for an unexpected color.
I picked up a pair of powder blue cropped pants at Marshalls last week. I’m eager to try them with as many colors as possible, grey, yellow, coral, light pink, and of course a crisp white. Here, I’ve used the scarf to pull the whole look together. I’m all about a pointy toe flat which appears more professional than a Dansko clog or round ballerina flat. The jewelry may be a bit matchy, but could easily be changed for a simple pair of gold geometric-inspired studs. The belt adds some texture and the simple enamel bangles blend but don’t distract from the scarf.