This whole blog is dedicated to teachers, and what we should wear to look amazing to do the job that we love! However, it is no secret that we make nearly nothing doing this incredibly fulfilling job (at least that’s the case in NC!).
I have put together a list of the 10 wardrobe choices that every teacher must have! This goes from the elementary teachers, all the way to us high school teachers. If you don’t have these 10 things, then you need to get them ASAP!
1) good black shoes
It’s well known that I prefer heels, however, it doesn’t change the fact that we all need a good pair of black shoes! Flats or heels, make sure that you get yourself a good, comfortable pair! The ones that I have featured here are from Nine West, and they are patent leather. I feel like a grown up in these. Since I am still a young teacher, I like shoes that make me look different than my students. These shoes do!
2) nude shoes
These are so absolutely essential! Once you purchase a pair, you will wonder how you ever loved without nude shoes. I have about 4 different pairs now, and they literally go with everything! I got these specific ones from Dillard’s ages ago. However, every major designer has a pair of these in their collections right now. As teachers, we need comfortable shoes, not just cute ones. I have to tell myself this repeatedly while shopping!
3) nice jeans
A pair of jeans for Friday! Is that just a southern thing, or do teachers across the countries do this too? We (luckily) get to wear jeans on Friday! The best pair of jeans to buy is a pair that are considered ‘dress denim’. Usually this implies that the jeans are higher waisted, and they are flared at the bottom, like trouser pants. I like to find a pair that I can also wear with high heels! This makes me look like a teacher on Fridays, instead of just like a nicely dressed student. These are the best pair of jeans that I have ever found ! They are from Michael Kors… And a little expensive! But if you find a sale on them, I highly recommend getting yourself a pair.
4) a flowy black sweater
This type of sweater looks good on every single body type. It is tight on the arms, but has a flowy collar, and front. I really like to pair these sweaters with tighter pants, such as ankle pants. I have this type of sweater in nude, white and navy, so all of my bases are covered! If I had to pick a color though, the black one would be the best option! This particular one is by the brand Allision and Brittany… I got it at Hamricks ages ago, but varieties of these sweaters can be found everywhere!
5) the chunky sweater
This sweater is the perfect chunky knit sweater ever. This one is from Chico’s. Again, there are a variety of variations of this one. These are perfect for fall and winter, where teachers spend the most time freezing in their classrooms. I like to wear these with any of my pants… It literally goes with everything!
6) the perfect button up
My perfect button up came from J.Crew, but the ones at banana Republic are also amazing! These are perfect to wear under the before mentioned sweaters. I always like to put a chunky necklace and big bracelet with these to make them more interesting.
7) black pants
I prefer ankle pants, as mentioned earlier. However, find the black pant that you feel the most comfortable in. Ann Taylor has a ton of different fits for all types of body shapes. But if you are looking for ankle pants, try Cynthia Rowley, she makes the best ones! If they need to be altered, don’t be scared to find a seamstress. If they fit perfect in the waist, and in the rear, but are to long, don’t get discouraged! Just get them hemmed! As a very short girl (5’2) I have to get things hemmed constantly. Find a good seamstress, immediately!
8) the pencil skirt
A kaki one is the best choice, in my opinion. I love skirts, even basic ones! This skirt isn’t my absolute favorite, but it is one that I wear the most. I would rather buy the ones with beautiful patterns and interesting colors. However, having a good basic pencil skirt will serve you well! Ann Taylor has the best basic pieces like this!
9) the shirt dress
I found this gem on sale at a Michael Kors outlet for $20! These shirt dresses are the best ‘everyday’ kind of dress you could get! Marshall’s and TJ Maxx have a lot of these right now! I would jazz these up with bold jewelry and a cool up do.
10) the LBD
Every teacher needs a professional little black dress. This one is from J.Crew. I highly recommend getting a really nice quality one! This is the perfect dress to meet parents in, get observed in, ect. Sometimes we have to look more professional than usual, and the perfect black dress is essential!
I hope that y’all are having fun doing your back to school shopping! I know I am!