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: Spring Field Trip

Spring Field Trip
I try to steer clear of jeans on field trips.  Usually you’re accompanied by other visitors at the site, and it’s an opportunity to show the world that teachers are PROFESSIONAL.  However, you most likely will be walking all day and in a casual environment.  I opted for relaxed khakis that can be rolled for some added style.  The scarf, belt, and sweater create a spring color palette.  A backpack is a necessity, this one is just large enough for some snacks, attendance sheets, and first aid items.  The Converse can be swapped for a loafer or Sperry if you prefer.  A light jean jacket may be a good tag along since the air conditioning is usually kicked up several notches.

Teacher Dress Up: Winter Field Trip

Winter Field Trip
Surprisingly, field trips are not my favorite.  Although I enjoy the time with kids, I find it an awkward balance between interacting with the other teachers and the kids in my assigned group.  Your attire for the day can make or break the experience.  I try to limit my outerwear and keeps my hands free.  I prefer a cross body bag OR a backpack depending on my needs.  I stuff my attendance sheets, some mints, some money, and my phone.  Other than that, I don’t bring much.  A watch is MUST on these days, so you can avoid the cell phone time check.  A scarf is an added worry, as is a coat and excess baggage.  You never know if you’ll be able to leave your belongings on the bus or if the facilities will have an area for storage.  In any case, I paired comfortable shoes, a vest for layering, and a bag for purpose.  Leave the rest behind.