Spring is in the air, and warmer weather is just around the corner. It’s time to dust off your short sleeves and cute flats, and pack away those boots and big jackets. I love dressing for cooler weather, and find layering easy and enjoyable. Dressing for Spring and Summer is something I struggle with, especially for work. When I was working in an office it was easier to choose what to wear, as it was always air conditioned and comfortable. Working in a school makes dressing difficult, as I need to be professional, comfortable and sun safe for when I am out on playground duty.
I am looking forward to breaking out some bright clothes for this next season. My wardrobe is dominated by neutrals, and I think this needs to change. Patterned pants are back in a big way, with a variety of cuts and colours to be seen. I still have my Peter Morrissey pair from last year, but have my eye on some floral offerings. Forever New and Target have some blooming great picks!
1. Sussan Summer Tee – $24.95 | 2. H & M Cotton Blouse – $14.95 | 3. Rubi Danseur Flat – $14.95 | 4. Peter Morrissey Printed Pants – $29 | 5. Rubi Camelia Peep Toe – $19.95 | 6. Target Scuba Middy Tube Skirt – $20 | 7. Betts Forbidden Wedge – $104.99 (on sale) | 8. Target City Dressing Animal Print Skirt – $30
A good pair of pants or shorts are Spring and Summer classroom essentials – getting down on the floor for group work, or bending down to mark work is much easier in pants. Midi-length skirts are also perfect for work, and preserve modesty. Being tall, I have found so many skirts that come half way up my thigh, which means they are out for work. This midi length is ideal, and they look great with a wedge shoe or ballet flat. I will definitely be looking at the Dalmatian print skirt from Target – I had Dally’s growing up and have always loved the ‘spotty dog’ print (no Cruella De Vil fantasies here!). It can be teamed with black or white for a monochrome look, or a bright top and accessories for a pop of colour. A light weight blazer can be added to stave off the Spring chill in the air, and can make an outfit look instantly dressed up. I like to team a patterned blazer with plain bottoms, or vice versa, to still look professional but not too suit-like.
1. Diana Ferrari Lucrezia Pencil Skirt – $119.95 | 2. Long Tall Sally Floral Butterfly Print Dress – $115.50 | 3. Katies Printed Dress – $49.95 | 4. Long Tall Sally Ruby Rocks Spot Wrap Dress – $90.75 | 5. Target Limited Editions Zip Through Skirt – $59 | 6. Witchery Short Sleeve Luxe Tee – $99.95 | 7. Portmans Shannon Contrast Panel Top – $59.99 | 8. Witchery Printed Tee – $59.95
There are lots of gorgeous prints to choose from this season. I have steered away from my predictable stripes for this post, but couldn’t go past all the spots! My favourite finds are the Long Tall Sally spotted dress, and Diana Ferrari floral skirt. I’ve said before about why I think the shirt dress is the perfect work outfit – it always looks great and is a no fuss option perfect for rushed mornings. There are some gorgeous 50’s inspired midi skirts around this season, with small pleats, but unfortunately they don’t suit my body shape. If you like them make sure you check out the blue and white striped offering from Sussan – it would be incredibly cute tucked into a white collared shirt, and worn with neutral flats.
Three tips for Spring and Summer teacher dressing:
– Keep sun safe: Look for tops with thick straps or sleeves to hide your shoulders. Coupled with a wide brimmed hat, tops with shoulder coverage are perfect for playground duty.
– Mix and match: Pair a more expensive investment piece (such as the Diana Ferrari skirt) with a more budget friendly top. Try mixing up your fabrics to alter your look, like silky pants with a cotton top.
– Don’t be afraid to accessorise: You might not have lots of spare money to update your work wardrobe, but you can add interest to outfits with accessories. Try some bright earrings, a chunky ring or fun necklace. Keep an eye out in chain stores like Lovisa or Big W – they often have great specials to encourage a spending spree.
What will you be wearing to work this Spring and Summer? Do you have a work outfit that always makes you feel great?