I always struggle with my summer-wear…. It is summertime, yes. HOWEVER – I am always in “teacher mode”. Living somewhat close to where my school is located, means that the chances of me running into a student, well, ANYWHERE, is 100%. Just the other night, Matt and I went to dinner and a movie, and sure enough, walking out of the movie I hear “Hey Ms. K!” SO, how do I dress trendy during the summer and still conservatively enough that I feel comfortable if the inevitable run-in with a student happens?
Some don’t care. I, on the other hand, tend to dress more toward the conservative regardless. I don’t like super short shorts (although they are growing on me… yikes!), I don’t like showing a lot of cleavage, and I am not typically drawn to “scandalous” clothing. So where do I shop? That is a question I hear often, during the school year and in our off months. I love the following (and they offer teacher discounts!):
- Ann Taylor LOFT (www.loft.com) is my absolute FAVORITE place in the world. They have a “LOFT Loves Teachers” program, which gives you 15% off anytime you shop. Amazeballs!
- J.Crew (www.jcrew.com) – I try to hit up the outlet as often as possible. But I am still a sucker for anything J.Crew! Most stores will offer in-store discounts if you show your teacher ID, so don’t go shopping without it! But their clothes are extremely trendy, and also very conservative. I try to go for the 5″ length shorts, and I always feel like I’m covered enough to feel comfortable seeing students outside of school.
- Steve Madden (www.stevemadden.com) – where I buy almost 85% of my shoes. The other 15% are heels reserved for fancy outings, and not shoes that I’d wear to work 🙂 But again – teacher discount! Show your Teacher ID! I don’t leave home without it.
I will post some of my summer outfits throughout the summer… do not fear!! But checkout those 3 sites, or go in to the stores, and pretty much anything you choose will make you feel happy, and quite the trendy teacher 🙂
LOFT … LOVE!
So I am truly NOT a skirt fan… I wish I was, but my short stature and squatty figure typically don’t lend themselves to a flattering appearance in a skirt. If I find one I like, it almost never fits correctly. But that is the usual with most clothing items! Me and my tailor are BFF’s. However… sometimes at work, I just gotta wear a skirt!
Now because I am such a huge fan of extremely bright colors, I try to stick with that trend regardless of what I am wearing. (I even wear colored jeans on “casual Friday’s”!!) So here are just a couple of pictures of recent “skirt outfits” that I have worn to work. I try to keep the skirt length long but functional, and always make the full outfit something fun to look at. Hey – us drama geeks can get away with crazy outfits and generally no one questions what we’re wearing … comes with the territory, I s’pose! 🙂
Skirt: Express (several years old)
Belt: Forever21 (came on a different skirt)
- Skirt: Forever21
Shoes: Steve Madden
I truly LOATHE when someone hears that I am a middle school theatre teacher, and immediately puts me into a “category” without ever having met me. And then when they do meet me it’s, “Oh, wait … YOU’RE a middle school theatre teacher?” … YES SIREE BOB! I am a fan of breaking the mold! Been doing it all my life, so why stop now?!
I am a huge fan of BRIGHT PANTS. I love pants, and even better when they come in super bright attention getting colors!! So here are some of my recent outfits that I wear to work (to teach children…. the art of acting and designing for the THEATRE) that include my wide array of colorful pants. They have kind of become my trademark 🙂
And please excuse the iPhone pictures in my classroom full-length mirrors… when you’re at school/around 11-14 yr olds for upwards of 13 hours per day; sometimes that’s all you can come up with!!
Shoes: Steve Madden