One of my girlfriends is a kindergarten teacher and new homeowner in the process of some major renovation projects. Needless to say, between chasing children and repainting rooms she has limited time to focus on her wardrobe. So, we raided her closet, extracted the gems, and evaluated areas of improvement.
This post is for all of the amazing teachers out there whose careers and generally busy lives often dictate the way they dress. I want to share my experience of exploring my friend’s closet and offer you some concrete tips on how to make the most of your current wardrobe and what key pieces to invest in and incorporate, all under $100. Not a teacher? We can all learn from these tips!
When you head to your closet at 5:30am to pick out your clothes, you need go-to pieces that are easy to throw on and head out the door. Stock your wardrobe with neutrals like black, white, brown, taupe, cream, etc in simple styles and silhouettes like this basic tee and sweater.
You want to look great on casual Friday and have a look you feel good about when you go from the classroom to a much needed cocktail hour with your girls. Invest in a pair of premium denim! Remember, it’s important to preserve the color and shape of your jeans: 1. Wash your jeans inside out and 2. Air dry your jeans – do not place in the dryer!
Having options to wear outside the classroom still need to be part of your wardrobe. It’s hard to justify buying pieces you can’t wear everyday, but pieces like fun blouses and flirty dresses to wear on the weekend will make you look and feel good!
AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT
4 Everyday Must-Haves
Timeless pants, structured layering pieces, simple dresses, and comfortable shoes are four essential items for a teacher’s wardrobe. Invest in a quality garments that can be worn year round like a classic chino, a cotton cardigan, a knit dress, and an easy oxford.
Organization is Key!
Organizing your closet in a systematic way that allows you to see your wardrobe clearly and quickly compose an outfit is imperative when you’re on a teacher’s schedule. Of course you need a method that makes sense for you, but if you need a little guidance, here are two simple tips!
1. Sort by clothing type: Dresses, skirts, pants, capris, shorts, blazers, sweaters, tops by sleeve length, and layering only pieces.
2. Within each clothing type, separate your colors from your neutrals
On a day when you need to grab, dress, and go, you can head straight to your neutrals and not have to think about coordinating colors. On a regular day, you can start with your tops then go to your layering pieces or blazers and sweaters. Pair with a pant or skirt and jet out the door!