One of the best things about being a teacher is the fact that “Business Professional” is not in your vocabulary. I made the rookie mistake of wearing heels to work on my first day of teaching 6 years ago- a mistake you only make once. But that doesn’t give you an excuse to resort to frumpy teacher sweaters that coordinate with the seasons. Your teacher wardrobe matters.
And while most of you are probably wondering where this post is headed since I officially quit teaching in May, I guess I need to update you…
One of my sweet coworkers who I taught 8th grade English with was diagnosed with cancer this summer. While she is recovering from surgery, I’m long-term subbing for her through Christmas break. I started this week, and let’s just say, I forgot how EXHAUSTING teaching is. On Friday, I wore no makeup to school and probably looked like I had been hit by a semi.
So in honor of “playing teacher” for the next few weeks, I wanted to share some secret’s to the perfect teacher wardrobe that every rookie and seasoned teacher needs to be aware of.
Comfort is KEY.
I am a firm believer that wearing LuLu would make me a better teacher. But since that’s never going to happen, I have found the next best thing. JCrew’s pixie pants are glorified yoga pants. Every fall, I purchase 2 brand new pairs – grey and black. Not because they don’t hold up, but I literally wear them 5 days a week between the months of October and March. You can pair them with oversized blouses, sweaters, or long cardigans. Nobody will ever know that you’re basically wearing pjs. (Note: NEVER pay full price for them. Right now, J.Crew is giving 30% off with the code: SHOPNOW, making them right at $60!)
It’s ALWAYS cold in the classroom.
If you keep the temp all warm and toasty at 8:00 A.M., teenagers will put their heads on their desks and settle into a long winter’s nap. Or you’re like me and always sweating, so you keep your classroom at a constant 70 degrees. Either way, it’s always cold. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite over-sized sweaters (including this popular Chicwish lace-up sweater) for you to shop. And most are under $50!
Your kids WILL talk about you.
One of my former students told me recently that she misses me so much as a teacher because her current teacher has the worst taste in fashion. I think this is a compliment… I’m choosing to ignore the fact that my creativity in the classroom, meaningful lesson planning, and abundant knowledge of comma usage had no impact in her review of me as a teacher. That’s obviously a given, right? 😉
Photography by Teri Lynam