An Apple for the Teacher – Spring/Autumn Classroom Style

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I know that Spring and Autumn seems like a very strange combination, but there is a method to my madness. You see, we are about to begin our Spring season down here in Australia, but the United States and Canada have just gone back to school and are going to transition into the cooler Autumn weather. A lot of people pin my ‘teacher outfit’ posts on Pinterest, so I thought doing a new season update that would suit both the northern and southern hemispheres would be useful.

Maxi Skirt Collage1. Portmans Rayon Knit – $39.95 | 2. Portmans Cowl Necked Knit – $39.95 | 3. Witchery Maxi Skirt – $99.95 | 4. Sambag Grace Cracked Leather Ballet Flat – $175 | 5. Lovisa Black Circle Pendant – $16.99 | 6. Lovisa Star Pendant Necklace – $9.99

I loved the versatility of this Witchery maxi skirt. It fits with the current Monochrome trend, and can be worn with so many different tops. My immediate instinct was to pair it with red – I love the contrast of black, white and red, but decided instead to try it with some jewel tones instead. Cowl and boat necks are great for work, as they maintain your modesty, especially if you are bending over tables to mark work. Sensible footwear is a must for playground duty, and walking around with students. This skirt will also work with sandals for the weekend. You can have a lot of fun with accessories with an outfit like this as you have quite a blank canvas to work with. I love the pendant necklaces that are around at the moment, and my students always love it when I wear interesting jewellery.

Pants and Tops Collage

1. Mimosa Soft Rebecca Jacket (The Iconic) – $179 | 2. Sussan Scoop City Tank – $19.95 | 3. Target Bow Detail Blouse – $29 |                    4. Sussan Medallion Print Pant – $89.95 | 5. Target Birdseye Work Short – $39 | 6. Leaf Bangle from simplychic93 @ Etsy – $16 | 7. Betts Midnight Shoe – $129.99 | 8. Betts Festivals Shoe – $69.99

Shorts and pants are always practical pieces for the classroom, especially if you teach younger grades and spend a lot of time on the floor working with them. There are so many pairs of patterned pants available this season, in light materials which will be perfect for an Australian Summer. All of the pieces above will work interchangeably, and those of you who read my blog regularly will know that this is something that I love. Having clothes that work together to create multiple outfits takes the stress out of getting dressed in the morning. A tailored shirt tucked in to shorts, especially with a belt added, looks put together and professional. You can team this outfit with flats or wedges. Giving a bit of height will make your legs look great, and will still give you the stability to move around with confidence. Tops with some detail, like the bow blouse, will eliminate the need for jewellery at the neck, and will add a point of interest on your outfit.

Dresses Collage

1. Leona by Leona Edminston Daisy Sherbet Wrap Dress – $129 | 2. NineWest Austin Pump – $69 (US) | 3. Banana Republic Teal Herring Jacket – $150 | 4. Miss Shop Mint Stripe Dress – $49.95 | 5. Franco Sarto Zapp – $79

I love this frock (can they be called anything else when they’re designed by Leona Edminston?) and think it would be fantastic for both work and play. We have a garden wedding to attend later this year and I think it may even be perfect for that. It can be work with flats, low pumps or wedges, and teamed with a light cardigan if the weather is cool. It has a flattering cut, and therefore would suit many different body types. The print of the fabric fits with this season’s Botanicals trend and means that it can be matched with a variety of coloured accessories that would then make different colours in the dress pop. The mint and stripe dress has a nice contrast. It is very fitted, but flared in the skirt. It would look very cute when teamed with ballet flats and a cardigan or light blazer. You could add a belt to further define the waist, or a stack of bangles to add some more colour.

I hope you’ve found some inspiration with these outfits – I will add some more in the future.

What do you wear to work? Do you have a certain style that you adhere to?

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4 thoughts on “An Apple for the Teacher – Spring/Autumn Classroom Style

  1. When I used to work outside of the home, my favourite go-to items are usually my pencil skirts. Love how they fit nicely, giving me a nice feminine style. And dresses. Can’t go past dresses!!

  2. Love those pants Sarah and also the white top you suggested although bows aren’t really my thing – bit feminine. I tried on a similiar pair of pants in the same store, loved the fabric but ended up leaving them on the shelf as every top I paired them with made the outfit look like pyjamas.

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