Are you heading back to the head of the classroom soon? Since my mom taught school for over 30 years, I have a special affinity for educators, and I love sharing teacher outfits at this time of year. Today I’m teaming up with Kohl’s to share a capsule wardrobe of ponte knit pieces perfect for teachers, but also great for other working women, too.
I think a capsule wardrobe that mixes and matches easily is key for busy teachers. It enables you to put together classic, no-fail outfits without overthinking things. I suggest choosing a couple of mixable neutrals, such as black and grey or brown and navy to be the base of your capsule wardrobe. Then you can add colors you enjoy with your tops and accessories.
For this first easy outfit for teachers I simply paired dark heather grey tummy control ponte knit pants with a bright raspberry pink ribbed elbow sleeve tee. Both pieces come in additional colors, so you could choose the separates that work best for you.
Yes, these ponte knit pants are very much like yoga pants, but they have a nice heft to them and come in three different lengths and a full range of sizes. I ordered both the medium and large to try and I determined that my usual medium would be great for leisure or exercise, but sizing up helps these pants look more classroom appropriate and smart. So I’m wearing the size large in these photos.
Easy separates like these ponte knit pieces are very relaxed and comfortable, but they’re also very on trend right now. We’re seeing a return to getting dressed for work and looking smart. But the current style calls for very relaxed and easy to wear garments that make you look confident and pulled together but also uncomplicated and comfortable.
For both outfits I wore my ponte knit relaxed blazer. I am so impressed with this blazer. In fact, I featured it in Wednesday’s video on How to Wear Wide Leg Jeans and Trousers. The slim fit and beautiful lines make it so versatile, working nicely with wide leg trousers or more flared silhouettes like these ponte knit pants. The jacket fits nicely true to size; I’m wearing a medium. It’s also available in other colors and prints. The blazer also comes in plus sizes. Oh, and there is a petite size, but only in the mocha frosting. Score!
Let’s check out the next piece of my capsule wardrobe for teachers.
I was thrilled when I found that Kohl’s had this ponte knit pencil skirt. I have tried on so many similar skirts and they all fit just too snug and body con for my taste. But this Nine West ponte knit pencil skirt skims the body comfortably and appropriately, and fits true to size. I’m wearing my usual medium.
Depending on what you teach and your personal preferences, you may not want to wear high heeled pumps with this skirt. I pulled these from my closet. But I’ve selected several classic shoe choices from LifeStride to include in the shopping widget below. I especially like these classic pumps, these lower heeled pumps and these block heeled loafer pumps, all available in some wide sizes, too. I do know that teachers definitely need comfortable shoes!
I’d definitely suggest getting at least a couple of those ribbed elbow sleeve tees. They’re soft and stretchy, perfect for wearing alone or layered under a blazer or cardigan. In fact, I had hoped to show it under this cardigan, too, but it didn’t arrive in time for my photo shoot. I can tell you now, however, that the cardigan fits nicely true to size and works great with these pieces.
I kept my jewelry simple for both of my teacher outfits, wearing just a layered necklace, gold hoops and a simple gold bracelet (similar bracelet). Don’t forget your sunglasses! You’ll need these if taking children out for recess is part of your work day. And my Nine West 2-piece tote set is perfect for carrying home papers to grade as well as your essentials.
Right now at Kohl’s you can take 20% off your purchase with code GOSHOP20 and get FREE shipping on orders over $35. And you can use any Kohl’s cash you’ve earned toward your purchase, too. Kohl’s Rewards Members can take $10 off your $50 back-to-school essentials purchase, too.
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Blessed for My Day
If you ever question whether or not you are rich, stop counting the money in your bank account and instead number your blessings. Foremost among those blessings are things God has done in your life. Consider the numerous times He has miraculously answered your prayers, made a way when you thought there was no way, guided you through stormy seasons, sent people into your life who proved to be instrumental in your growth and joy. Can you add to that list the times He has spoken to your heart, whispered assurances over your anxious mind, provided the courage to move forward or gently held you back, preventing you from making a terrible mistake? Isn’t it amazing to look back over our lives and see the handiwork of God?
Even when we didn’t yet know or follow Him, He was there. And when we look back now we can see His fingerprints throughout our lives. Our stories are really just vignettes of His story. And when realize that His glory has been displayed through our hardships and our joys alike, we understand what a rich privilege it is to walk with Him. If you can look back over your life and count the blessings of God only to realize that they are too many to name, you are a rich woman indeed.
In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. ~ Psalm 119:14