Prior to having Greenlea, I taught high school – world history and English. So this time of year was always really exciting – from getting my classroom ready and working on lesson plans…to buying new school supplies and teacher clothes. I still love “back to school” time.
As a teacher, it was hard to find appropriate outfits. I wanted to look stylish, but be comfortable. My classroom was often freezing in the morning but stiflingly hot in the afternoon. I was always bending over desks (and elementary school teachers are often crawling on the floor) to help kids. As teachers, we want to look professional but be able to move around and interact with our students. No low-cut shirts, no spaghetti straps, no short skirts or dresses and definitely no uncomfortable shoes (I learned that one the hard way). So . . . when Modcloth asked us to look at their fall lineup, my first thought was that they were PERFECT for teachers.
Wrangler Wide-Leg Jeans: (TTS – wearing a size 6) Also in a shorter length, these are the kinds of jeans I felt comfortable wearing. They’re cut like trousers but have the comfort of jeans . . . but if you can’t wear jeans to work, these wide-leg pants are a great option!
Sleeveless Top: This is short enough to tuck in but long enough that belly won’t be showing if you don’t tuck. High enough so your chest won’t show even when bending over and the arm holes aren’t big enough to show your bra. Perfect for layering in hot and cold classrooms! (Wearing size small).
Cardigan: Ok, I don’t care who you are, if you’re a teacher you NEED a cardigan. I had cardigans in every color when I was teaching and this one is thin enough to layer over and under other tops and dresses. Also in a cropped length if you want a shorter one. (Wearing size small).
Denim Jacket: Another great option for layering, this jacket is roomy enough to throw on over a sweater but still tailored enough to look nice instead of sloppy. A great alternative to blazers. (Wearing a small).
Earrings (similar): Simple, everyday earrings. Love these.
Bag (similar): Perfect for teaching or the office as well as space for baby things! (Plus it converts to a backpack!)
Lipstick: MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Slipper Orchid. LOVE this color! Plus it stays on forever.
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P.S. G starts school this fall! I’m so excited for her to go to preschool (even though it’s only like two afternoons a week). I hope she loves school as much as her mama . . . any advice to help my three-year-old adjust?
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