Hello! And welcome to Dressed for My Day. Recently when some of my readers shared their current or previous professions, we discovered that many are or were educators. And since I’ve received several requests for “teacher outfits,” I thought I’d provide some back to the classroom style inspiration today. These work outfits are perfect for teachers because they’re comfortable, functional and professional. But I’ll be wearing these styles this fall, too.
Now I’m not a teacher and I don’t play one of television either. But my mom was a classroom teacher for 30+ years. She always looked polished and professional, but she also generally opted for comfort and functionality, too. Of course the level of functionality you need from your work “uniform” depends largely on what and who you teach. So if you are in fact an educator, take from this post what works for you. And if you’re not an educator, I think you, like me, will enjoy the simplicity of these streamlined but polished outfits for fall.
I’ve created all of these outfits with just two pairs of pants and a simple dress. The pants are both pull-on knit pants with elasticized waist bands. They both have a slim fit with a slenderizing silhouette and a lot of built-in comfort. The first pair is from Everlane. The Dream Pants come in five colors (some of them are on back order) and sizes XXS to XL. I’m wearing a medium in the black.
I took the photos with my iPhone, so the quality of the photo does not do the pants justice. They are a nice, thick 58% Cotton, 38% Modal, 4% Elastane and you can wash them in the machine and then lay them flat to dry. I love these pants and I’m having to resist buying them in more colors. Let’s check out the outfits I created with them.
For this first outfit I simply topped the Dream Pants with a striped black and white stripe snap cuff tee. This is a soft, stretchy casual shirt, but it combines with these knit pants to create a polished outfit that is also easy to move in and uncomplicated. Use code SEPTEMBER at Evereve to receive 15% off this black and white stripe snap cuff tee and the rest of your order.
I’m wearing my Sarah Flint Sachetto ballet flats purposefully because they also are comfortable, chic and functional. Yes, they’re pricey. Use code SARAHFLINT-BAKAYH for $50 off your first purchase. But if you’d like to check out some more economical black flats, see the shopping widget below.
This fitted stretch shirt is from Chico’s and it is made of 63% cotton, 33% polyester, 5% spandex. So it has a lot of stretch and feels really great on. I’m wearing a size 1, which is equivalent to a misses size 8. For this look I wore my Paul Green black patent loafers, also extremely comfortable but chic. Mine are basically sold out, but these are very similar and available in more sizes. Again, I’ll have more economical options in the shopping widget below, but I can highly recommend these modern loafers from Everlane. I have them in the camel and they’re great.
Then I added this soft beige button sweater shell from Ann Taylor. It’s marked down and they’re offering an additional 50% off in the checkout. This is a great little vest you can wear so many ways.
Again the paisley mockneck sleeveless top is silky comfortable. It has a zipper in the back and runs true to size. You could also wear this sleeveless top with other toppers, such as a black blazer, red coat, denim jacket or camel cardigan. If these are your colors, it’s quite versatile.
A lot of readers picked up this peak lapel boyfriend blazer when it was 40% off recently. You can bet I’ll be styling it a lot this year.
Next I created outfits with these plaid ponte knit pull-on pants from Loft. They’re under $50 today with code LOFTIMIST. They are equally comfortable and oh so chic. I love, love, love these slim fitting but oh so forgiving pants. And yes! They have front pockets!
I topped the plaid ponte knit pull-on pants with a ribbed split neck top I purchased in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. But the good news is that it’s still available in this grey, ivory and black in limited sizes. And it’s once again 40% off. This fairly lightweight long sleeve split neck top is functional but also a little more elevated than a plain tee. And it shows off my Gorjana Venice necklace beautifully.
But a simple v-neck t-shirt is exactly what I used in the next outfit with these plaid ponte knit pull-on pants. However, I will say that this Madewell v-neck t-shirt is a little thin for my taste, at least in a professional setting. So I would probably opt for L.L.Bean’s v-neck tee instead. I’ve ordered one in a medium.
But the idea is simply to top the plaid ponte knit pull-on pants with a simple white tee and a blazer. I’m wearing my luxe knit two-button blazer from Talbots, but I’m going to include the Everlane easy blazer in the shopping widget below because it’s a lower price point.
The outfit above would certainly be a little warm right now (unless your school is quite chilly!). But it’s a great option for later in the fall.
For my final outfit with the plaid ponte knit pull-on pants I envisioned taking the classroom outside for a beautiful day with this fun “Let’s go outside” graphic tee from Madewell. This graphic tee will sell out FAST! It’s just like the “Good Days” tee I wore this summer that so many readers admired. I’m wearing my true to size medium.
I topped the graphic tee with my Talbots tailored jean jacket which has recently been restocked in a full range of sizes. It won’t appear in the shopping widget below, but you can check it out here. Unfortunately it’s not marked down right now, but it will sell fast when it is.
I completed this casual day work outfit with my Converse sneakers. I sized down .5 in these.
And finally, I wanted to share my new Everlane Parklet Shirtdress as an early fall option that you can pull out again in the spring. It’s still 15% off and available in most sizes. I’m wearing an 8.
I actually wore this outfit to church yesterday and opted for my Ally Kitten Heels in caramel leather (use code KAYHEELS for $40 off your first pair of heels at Ally). But this casual but beautifully made dress also looks nice with flats or even sneakers.
Which of these work outfits is your favorite?
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Thanks so much for stopping in today. And whether you’re a classroom teacher or not, I hope you got a little early fall style inspiration from my work outfits. Have a lovely day!
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A gracious word can be such a gift to someone today. Think of the times when someone has some said that lifted your spirits, affirmed you, pushed you forward a little or calmed you down. Our words are powerful. They often have more impact in people’s lives than we first imagine.
Of course that’s why it is very important that we be careful with our words. They have equal if not more impact when they wound, discourage, squelch or hinder. In fact, for every disheartening thing we hear we often need half a dozen more gracious words spoken over us to get us back on our feet again. Why not make it your mission to give everyone you see some gracious words today?
A word fitly spoken
is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. ~ Proverbs 25:11