Ask A Stylist: Workwear for Teachers

Back to School
Q: I’m getting ready to begin the school year. I am a kindergarten teacher and want to be comfortable and relaxed, but also professional. Any advice on what to wear?

A: Hi! When it comes to assembling a look that will earn you straight A’s in classroom style, think color, comfort, and accessories.

Color: Punch up your look with a bright pop of color, such as an orange blouse or a pair of red shoes. It conveys a cheerful message and will help keep your students’ eyes on you (for as long as their attention spans allow!)

Comfort: You’ll likely be on your feet, on the move, and sitting on the floor, so keep comfort and versatility in mind. Flowy tops, relaxed dresses, and cropped chinos go from classroom to schoolyard with ease. Keep a cardigan handy for days the A/C is on or when it’s chilly outside.

Accessories: A pearl necklace or bracelet adds instant polish to your look. And when it comes to footwear, keep your heels at home. Your feet will thank you for wearing flats.

Thanks for writing in—have a wonderful school year!

Bag: Clarita Messenger Bag
Jeans & Blouse Look: Adela Embroidered Split-Neck Blouse, Glenda Distressed Straight-Leg Jean, Old Navy flats
Dress Look: Wesley Printed Flutter-Sleeve Dress, Kathryn Pearl Cluster Necklace, Old Navy flats
Blouse & Chinos Look: Natasha Front-Pocket Sleeveless Blouse, Patrick Cropped Chino Pant
Tiara Pearl & Pave Bracelet Set, Old Navy flats

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7 Comments

  1. Our school doesn’t allow jeans unless it’s casual Friday and they can’t have any holes, real or fashion created. And, sadly, no sleeveless tops! What are some alternate outfits for places with a dress code but not a uniform?

    • Hi Kathy! A pair of cropped chinos or skinny-leg pants with a bit of stretch are great choices on non-denim days. If you’re allowed, layer a lightweight cardigan over your sleeveless tops to keep your arms covered.

    • Hi Leah!

      Yes! Most of our bags are vegan leather! Feel free to request some in your note to your stylist for your upcoming Fix!

  2. I really love that these looks are closed toe. I think that showing toes in the classroom ruins any otherwise professional look. I am a mother of three school aged children and I cringe in my seat, classroom after classroom during back to school night. It’s a relief when I get to a class where the teacher has put their toes away. ahhhhh……….that’s better………. Please continue to encourage the closed toe shoe for teachers. No one should have to do school work all day AND look at toes all day at the same time. Thanks! :)

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