Back-to-School Wardrobe for Teachers

August 7, 2016

Well, it’s that time of year again already.

 Time to go back to school! 

what the teacher wore
For those of you who don’t know, along with being a style blogger, I’m also a high school English teacher.  I love my job (mostly), but it’s always an adjustment going back to work after a summer of blogging on my own schedule.

School starts for us this week, so I put together a few looks to get me started.

For the first day, I’m thinking of wearing this I-MEAN-BUSINESS look. Always a good way to start off!
professional ootd
Karina Megan dress, Karen Kane blazer, Clarks  classic pumps, London Fog tote bag (Red Totes at Macys)
My second day I’ll wear this more relaxed look …
midlife style
Karina’s Nora in Butterfly Garden, Lucky Brand jean jacket (Denim jackets – Nordstrom), Clarks sandals, yellow MK bag

Psst …. Karina is having a big sale:

summer OOTD, WIW, WIW to work
Then after two days of dresses, I’ll probably want to mix it up with some pants …

Rocky 4EurSole shoes are so comfortable!
Gap white jean jacket, Old Navy culottes, Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote, Marimekko for Target printed top, and Rocky 4 Eursole My Time Slide

(Rocky 4EurSole sent me these slides and I’ve been absolutely living in them … so comfy!  Super cute with jeans too.)
teacher outfit, teacher style

Wardrobe Essentials for Teachers …
and any other creative or informal work environments.

1. The Easy Dress – one and done!  Find something machine washable with no ironing required. Wrinkle-free dresses look as good at the end of the day as they do at the beginning.

My favorite easy dress hands down: Karina.

2. The Perfect Pair of Pants – The perfect pair of trousers is always a wardrobe staple and right now cropped pants or culottes are the perfect choice.  Wear with sandals now and boots later … plus you never have to worry if the length of the pant is right with the shoes!

Shop pants:

3. A jacket or cardigan – (or a “completer piece” for those of you who used to watch What Not To Wear).   Layers are important for mornings and air conditioning too. A blazer is always a professional look, but a denim jacket or cardigan also works well for most relaxed environments.

Blazers (Nordstrom)
Denim Jackets (Zappos)
Cardigans (Macys)

4. Comfortable shoes – Seriously can anything make a day worse than sore feet?  I’m sure we all suffer for fashion sometimes.  Occasionally I’ll start the day in heels and switch midmorning, but the best is finding shoes that look great and are comfortable ALL DAY LONG.   

My favorite comfort shoe brands:

Rocky 4EurSole
Rhea Footwear

the easy dress

So wish me luck, Dolls!  Fingers crossed for a smooth school year!

Dawn Lucy

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  • Reply Kellyann Rohr August 7, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I'm an elementary school guidance counselor and have to start back tomorrow for pre-planning. I miss summer already!

  • Reply Shannon Jenkins August 8, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Such cute looks! I really love the floral dress! You look gorgeous!

    <3 Shannon

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks sweet Shannon! OXOX

  • Reply Patti August 7, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Wonderful back to school looks, Dawn Lucy! I esp love the black cropped trousers with graphic top. Thanks for linking up! xo


    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Aww thanks Patti! OXOX

  • Reply Adena Harel August 8, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Awesome! You look brilliant in all the outfits. It is just amazing! I love your last one dress most. All bags are fabulous. Loved it. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Adena Harel

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks Adena! OXOX

  • Reply Kelsey Bang August 8, 2016 at 5:28 am

    such chic looks! your style is super cute!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Aww thanks Kelsey! 🙂

  • Reply Andrea August 8, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Fabulous looks!

    I had to laugh at your I-MEAN-BUSINESS look. I'm always way more dressed up at the beginning of the quarter than towards the end… 🙂

    Have a great first day! I can't believe we didn't manage to meet up over the summer…

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      I can't believe it either. Where did the time go? Maybe we can have a back-to-school coffee or plan a little blogger meet up for the girls. OXOX

  • Reply Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style August 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Yes to all your tips! I start my new librarian job in September, so I have started to think about back-to-school outfits again! (And I'm pinning your "I mean business" look — so classic!)

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      That look would be gorgeous on you, Jen! I'm sure I'll be getting school outfit ideas from you too! OXOX

  • Reply Amy Johnson August 8, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Such cute back to school looks! I especially love the casual dress with the jean jacket. I bet your a fun teacher!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Aww thanks. I am pretty fun. ;P


  • Reply Jessica Jannenga August 8, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Have a great first day! I love the Nora on you in this print. Both dresses are lovely! I know that they are very comfortable, and comfort is key when being a teacher! Love the prints, and the first day look.
    jess xx

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Yay for comfort! Thanks, Jess! OXOX

  • Reply LouAnn @Scrapcraze August 8, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    LOVE those clark's sandals. Didn't see them at the link you posted? What is the name of that sandal?

  • Reply Katie D August 9, 2016 at 1:11 am

    I love all three of these outfits! It's awesome that you have a look that conveys to students that you mean business on the first day! I hope your first week goes smoothly as it is always difficult to get back in a routine after two months off.



    • Reply dawnlucy August 9, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      It sure is hard to get back in the swing of things, but so far so good. Thanks, Katie! 🙂

  • Reply Theresa Campbell August 8, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Teachers never looked that stylish when I was in school! Love that print on the Karina dress, especially paired with the denim jacket. Great look 🙂

    • Reply dawnlucy August 8, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Aww thanks Theresa! OXOX

  • Reply Naomi Krokowski August 8, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Great looks! Comfy but with pizazz!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 9, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Naomi! 🙂

  • Reply jodie filogomo August 8, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Good luck and don't kill any of the kids (at least yet—ha ha)!
    I love how you look so serious on the first day—it's important to show them who's boss and you definitely are #bosswoman in this!!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 9, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Hee … thanks JOdy …. the first day I'm ROSS THE BOSS … hee! 😉

  • Reply Suzanne Bell August 9, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Ok, I love your I Mean Business Look! ? Perfect to set the tone! The other looks are so great as well and that Karina dress is darling! So sad we didn't connect before you went back to school ? Let's still make it happen!! Good luck with start of school!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 9, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      WE'll find time soon, Dear! OXOX

  • Reply Lorena August 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I love all 3 looks. They are totally different but come together nicely.
    The jean jacket with the dress is a combination that I sometimes forget works so well.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      It's a nice change of pace from a blazer sometimes, right? Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply Ruth Maldonado August 9, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Great dresses and you have fabulous style!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 10, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Ruth! 🙂

  • Reply Nancy's Fashion Style August 9, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    You must be THE most stylish teacher at that school! I really love the black/white outfit!Amazing dress!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks so much, Nancy! 🙂

  • Reply Andrea Nine August 10, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    You know you're a favorite teacher in my eyes and bet those school gals just LOVE your style!! It's going to be a GEEAT year!!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 10, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Aww thanks, Andrea! Muah!

  • Reply Jessica Jannenga August 11, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Ive never tried the Nora, but LOVE it on you! The print is delicate and so pretty and I love that you styled it with the jean jacket
    So pretty!
    Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

  • Reply The Wardrobe Stylist August 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    These are some great styles for teachers. It must be hard to go back to work after having a beautiful summer off!

  • Reply Get Your Pretty On August 11, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I love LOVE the back-to-school wardrobe for teachers! You look fabulous!

  • Reply Nicole Mölders August 11, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • Reply Yvonne Aeberhard Stutz August 12, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I love all of your outfits Dawn – you look super cute in each one.
    Have you been teaching for long?
    Have a fab weekend,
    xx Yvonne

  • Reply Elegance and Mommyhood August 12, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Wonderful post and tips Dawn Lucy. Three great looks. Those Karina dresses are pretty, classic and comfy.

  • Reply Bettye Rainwater August 14, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Great looks! That #1 is my #1, I could dress like that every day!

  • Reply Happiness at Mid Life August 15, 2016 at 3:59 am

    Great looks for back to school!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


  • Reply Shelbee On The Edge August 17, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Super cute outfits, Dawn Lucy! I really love the floral dress! Thanks so much for linking up On the Edge of the Week! I hope to see you again this week.


  • Reply Fozia Jani August 26, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Cute back to school look like? I love the casual clothing with particular genes jacket. I bet you can set a fun teacher Amal Clooney

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