Teacher Dress Up: Spring 2015

I came across a red just-beyond-the-knee skirt at a few months back.  It’s nothing special in terms of quality, but the texture-print embossed on the fabric takes it from basic to statement piece.  I paired it with a slouchy, loose chambray shirt.  I held back on wearing it because I was looking for the perfect wedge to pair with the outfit.  I settled on a pair of pumps that I already owned and am more than happy with (more so after wearing them and breaking them in).  In fact, I just purchased a second backup pair.
As for accessories, the belt pulled the entire look together and paired well with the shoes, while the necklace added a bit of weight to the otherwise feminine look.

Teacher Dress Up: Spring Field Trip

Spring Field Trip

Spring Field Trip by teachinginstyle

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.

Teacher Dress Up: Field Trip {Amusement Park}

Spring Field Trip

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.

Teacher Dress Up: Army Green for the Spring

Teacher Dress Up: Army green spring

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.

Teacher Dress Up: First Days of Spring

Teacher Dress Up: First Days of Spring

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.