Professional Dress for a Teacher

So, I’m currently on Spring Break and just ended my second semester at college (my college has 3 terms, 2 that are 12 weeks long and a spring term that is 6 weeks long).  During the spring term, students only take 6 credits (two, maybe even only one, classes).  In addition, there are no classes on Wednesdays, unless you are a nursing or education student, in which case you have all-day fieldwork on Wednesdays.  I am an freshman education student, which means that I will be doing fieldwork every day (half days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and a full day on Wednesday).  I will be placed in a classroom and will do things like observe, worked on-on-one with kids, and work with small groups, in addition to doing various assignments.

For the fieldwork, we have to dress professionally.  I have found that a lot of professional clothes are not quite appropriate for classroom wear- teachers have to bend over, kneel, and move around a lot.  This is also a bit of a problem in terms of shoes as well- teachers are often on their feet for the majority of the day.  This means no heels for me.

On Tuesday, my mom and I went shopping to create my “teacher” wardrobe, since I didn’t have many professional clothes.  I purchased 10 clothing items, plus 3 pairs of shoes.

2013-04-18 10.47.36Here’s all of what I got.  Three pairs of pants, one skirt, one blazer, two button-up shirts, and four other shirts.  Today, I laid them all out to figure out how many outfits I could get from just these (I already had a few other items, but I didn’t include them in the remix).  I came up with sixteen, plus a few of the outfits I could easily add the blazer to.  I figured I’d show what I came up with.  Note: the photos aren’t the best, sorry!

skirt outfits

First up are the skirt outfits!  The skirt is a thrifted Gap shirt.  The blazer is also thrifted.  The pink and navy blue shirts were from Kohl’s and the gingham and black shirts were from TJ Maxx.  I absolutely love the skirt with the navy blue with small white polka dots shirt.  My mom and sister say gingham and floral doesn’t go together, but I don’t care- I like it.

black pants outfitsI also purchased some black dress pants from Kohl’s.  I’m sorry these pictures came out so badly- the shirts are (clockwise from top left): blue gingham, pink (both from above), turquoise, and tan (the turquoise was from Kohl’s and the tan shirt was from TJ Maxx).

blue pants outfitsThese navy blue pants (from TJ Maxx) are shorter.  I paired them with the turqoise shirt, the tan shirt (same as the one above), and the blue gingham shirt.  I liked the gingham shirt better not tucked in (in other words, not worn as shown above).

tan pants outfitsThese tan pants were also from TJ Maxx and are paired with shirts I’ve already shown.  Several of the shirts also look good with the blazer:

tan pants + blazer outfitsWell, I hope these help anyone who needs some inspiration for professional dress.  I also have a pair of grey dress pants, a black and white floral shirt, a purple gauzy shirt, and a few other items, along with a couple of dresses.  I plan to pair the outfits with four different pairs of shoes: black flats, brown flats, brown sandals, and black sandals.

Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!!