A few of my friends are teachers and they often complain about lacking wardrobe inspiration. One friend in particular (hi Jen!) explained that fellow grade school teachers wear casual, borderline frumpy clothes every day. She doesn’t want to look too dressed up among her peers and young students. And being able to run around with the kids or walk around a university campus is part of the job, so comfort is key. The style mission: not being over dressed, while still looking put together.
Separates are everything when it comes to work apparel. A few key pieces can be mixed and matched to create many looks. I am currently craving an Americana-inspired ensemble that is appropriate for teaching, the office or weekend activities. A few of my favorite top options are peplum, a striped tee and a pretty blouse. Pair these with skirts (a jersey pencil skirt), pants (printed ankle length) and denim (colored, ideal for casual Friday). Mixing two different prints, as long as they are in the same color family (stripe and floral dots here) can look really sharp. I also like slim fit ankle length/cropped pants because they work well with flats, heels or boots.
I’ll share outerwear and accessories that go well with these looks next week!