Do’s & Don’ts: Teacher Fashion!

As a future teacher, I can’t help but notice that teachers are labeled as fashion DON’TS. This not only annoys me (I love fashion and beauty), but kind of hurts. Why are teachers labeled as some freaky nerd woman from the 50s, or a teacher from the 1800s who looks hard, tough, and let’s face it: beige. TEACHERS! (and future teachers): stand up for fashion! Be stylish, be professional, and most of all be yourself in the classroom.

Don’t think that you can’t be casual and professional. On a jeans day try wearing cute boots, or a pair of flats and a dressy top. You don’t want to look like one of the students (I got asked where I thought I was going when trying to leave the school!).

Do have a pair of black pants or khaki/brown pants, if your school has a strict dress code for teachers. Private schools tend to have higher expectations than a public school. These neutrals are a staple in any wardrobe and can pull together any outfit and make it look more professional.

Do use accessories! Funky necklaces or bracelets can add some spunk to any outfit. If you’re in a private school they can help you express your personality without violating a dress code.


sexy teacher fantasy? let the kids picture this on their own time!

Don’t try to be the hot teacher. I’ve seen this happen and CRASH AND BURN. I’ve seen it when I was a high school student, and I’ve seen it during my field work at the high school.

Do invest in a cardigan. For two reasons: they’re totally in this fall, and they’re light enough to keep you warm in a cold school, and you won’t be hot in a warm school. They’re perfect for in between seasons, and they look adorable!

Do carry a big bag! Blacks and browns compliment every outfit and hold all of your stuff. You’re going to need it toting lesson books, grade books, pens, pencils, and all of those extra handouts for your students who lose them.

As I begin to embark on yet another journey I refuse to only allow myself to wear black. I must have looked like I was going to a funeral every time I walked into the school. I will not settle for wearing bland clothes, and I will not accept that teachers are looked at as fashion victims! I’m rocking some new styles for my teaching work this semester and I plan to look professional (and stylish) while doing it!

Fall Trend: PLAID!

I’m seeing plaid everywhere, in magazines, and on the streets. I can still remember wearing my plaid pants in high school complete with punk band buttons (which have since been moved from clothes to cork boards). Plaid was once reserved for the 77 punk movement, and for school marms, but there’s plenty of ways to make this fall trend work for you.

A plaid pencil skirt paired with a solid fitted top makes plaid look sexy and professional. Perfect for the workplace, and cute enough to go out for dinner with your guy. A plaid jacket can pull together a casual look with a pair of jeans and boots, or can be paired with a solid skirt or pant for a different work look. This jacket and skirt coordinate set from Target is cheap, fashionable, and cute! Breaking up the plaid and complimenting it with a solid color makes it less school marmish, and more 2008!

If trying a large piece of plaid is intimidating to you, try an accessory first. A plaid purse makes a nice addition to an outfit while a plaid belt adds a subtle edgyness to your outfit without being too overbearing. Plaid accessories are everywhere, and whether it’s Burberry or Walmart, there’s plenty of ways accent your outfits. I personally think having cute plaid socks are a great accessory even if no one gets to see them.

Have I convinced you yet? Plaid is back and in a big way! Still too scared to try out something plaid? Wear it under everything else! The plaid boy-short style undies are ADORABLE. If you’re not totally sold on plaid, no one says you can embrace this trend with your skivvies. And guys, be honest, you know plaid undies are hot!

All that glitters is GOLD!

One thing I’m noticing about the early fall fashion is GOLD! Gold accessories, gold beauty products and more. Although I’m more of a platinum fan myself (take note of that Keith! 🙂 ), I think some of the gold trends coming out are too cute to pass up.

Incorporating some gold into your wardrobe doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Try a pair of gold flats paired with skinnies. Not sure how to rock the skinnies and flats? Ask J, who in my opinion is the queen of skinny jeans. A cute pair of gold flats can dress up your jeans, or add a splash of color to your work wardrobe. I’d especially love them with an all black outfit, which is what I tend to wear to the high schools when I observe. Also, a gold clutch can add some spunk to a simple cocktail dress without being too “in your face.” I loved this style which you can find at Target. Style without breaking the bank? LOVE IT!

Finally, as a self-proclaimed scarf-a-holic, adding some golden touches to my fall wardrobe sounds great. The metallic colors look great and can perk you up on those drab fall mornings, not to mention keep you toasty! Again, if you purchase a light-weight scarf, which I’m still seeing around campus, it can be a nice accessory for a dinner out with your guy, or drinks with the girls. Scarves, in my opinion are an effortless way to dress up, and spice up an outfit.

I saved the best, in my opinion, for last. I’m always on the lookout for new beauty products, and what do you know? MORE GOLD! Lush‘s Golden Slumber Bath Bomb packs a punch of Chamomile and Lavender to relax you after a long day at work, or to help you relax with a before bedtime bath. Sounds good to me, especially with cool weather right around the corner. And to top off your golden bath, why not try Kings & Queens Honey Bath Gel? You can order it on Nordstrom‘s website. This is a grown up honey scent, which leaves skin silky smooth, and it’s paraben and mineral oil free.

There’s nothing worse than seeing your nails fade off into the distance. They may be small, but you can’t forget those digits! MAC has a shimmery gold nail polish. With all of this golden beauty and fashion opportunities (corny, I know!), you can’t go wrong!

Victoria’s Secret PINK Collegiate Collection

Victoria’s Secret never fails to amaze me with their new designs each season. With the back to school season upon us, The PINK Collection has come out with something new and exciting for college students: The Collegiate Collection. They’re the signature sweats and tees you’ve come to know and love avaliable with logos from over 20 colleges across the United States.

Since I hail from the East Coast, pictured are some of the selections offered for Boston College students. The collection includes hoodies, sweatpants, and school book bags.

I’m especially fond of the Boston College canvas bookbag which can be used to tote books back and forth and for Eco Friendly College Shopping. It’s large enough to use for a quick grocery run, without the waste of paper and plastic bags. Multi functional and fun? I think so!

As a big fan of the PINK collection, I have to say that are a bit pricey, with College hoodies ranging at about 50.00. You’re truly paying for the quality. Everything I own from the collection washes well, does not fade, and truly fits you well. The sizes run a bit big, so if you’re a Medium usually, you can easily wear a Small in their signature sweatpants. I know a lot of people who think it’s ridiculous to spend so much money on such casual pieces, but a hoodie can easily be paired with jeans and a nice pair of boots or shoes when going out for dinner.

Back to school shopping is always fun to do, but Victoria’s Secret is making it even more fun by providing shoppers with some early school spirit. And if you’re college isn’t on the list? You can submit a request for it to be added to the list. Maybe I’ll be sporting some SCSU PINK pants this semester?

I love my new DB bag <3

Yesterday was my Mom’s birthday so we hit the outlets. The weather was lovely and we had a great day together. We each got Dooney & Bourke bags. She got a matching one in black and brown and they were 60% off which is amazing. I’ve needed a big black purse. My school bags are way too big for every day and my black Juicy is just too small sometimes too. I’m absolutely in love with my new bag!

We had a great time and I took her out for a wrap for lunch afterwards. It was a nice Friday the 13th if you ask me.

We also checked out the Juicy outlet, which I thought I’d be able to spend a load of money in. They’re just opened, and there were tons of t-shirts, hoodies, and everything. I just didn’t find anything that caught my eye. I was in the market for a purse and I found the perfect one that I was looking for.