First Day of School

August 10, 2014
It’s time for this teacher to go back to school!  Remember when school didn’t start until after Labor Day? Me too!  Oh well, we get out in May, so I can’t complain.

Thanks to all my Instagram followers who voted on what I should wear for the first day of school!  This outfit was the winner!  I did change from a white tee to this dressier black top, realizing that the jacket probably won’t last long in the heat, so I better have something nicer on underneath.

The heels might not last all day either, so I’ll stick some flats in my book bag!

 Details: Karen Kane blazer (Macy’s), Calvin Klein tank (also Macy’s, also worn here), b.i.y.a.y.c.d.a. skirt (thrifted), Apt. 9 pumps (Kohl’s), & London Fog handbag (Marshalls).

And a doggy photo bomb shot …

So, if you were a high schooler, would you want to learn literature from this lady?!

What if I brought the dogs with me?!

Wishing all the teachers and parents a very happy back-to-school transition!



  • Reply garaytreasures August 10, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Loving the outfit. Happy back to school day! Rachel

    • Reply dawnlucy August 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks, Rachel!

  • Reply August 10, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Wonderful first day of school outfit… Wishing you a wonderful year of iinspiring young minds and praying they appreciate you!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks so much, Tracey! I had a great group last year and keeping my fingers crossed for another great year!

  • Reply Gracey the Giant August 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I love the print of the skirt and the photobombing puppies!

    Also, I nominated you for a Liebster award. I'm sure you're busy with back to school, but if you get the time, here's the link:

    • Reply dawnlucy August 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Aww, thanks, dear! I loved reading your answers and I'll try to get around to that for sure! Thanks so much for thinking of me! 😀

  • Reply Jen Lawrence August 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Great choice. My children's teachers are not nearly as fashionable!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 10, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Ha ha … well thanks, Jen!

  • Reply fashionableover50 August 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Great choice, you look fabulous! A fashionable role model for high school girls!

    I'm enjoying my vacation in NYC so I'm not even thinking of fall yet!

    ♥ carmen

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:44 am

      Wow! Enjoy NYC ,Carmen! Hope you're doing some shopping! 🙂

  • Reply fancystuffandprettythings August 11, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Good luck on your first day back! You are going to look great.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:44 am

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Reply Tina Bradley August 11, 2014 at 12:19 am

    An elegant back-to-school look! 🙂 Wow–what a great thrifted skirt (don't you adore thrifting? I sure do!)! And…yet another fab handbag. An apple for the teacher! 🙂 T.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:45 am

      I am loving thrifting! I got inspired from all you fab bloggers and your thrift store finds!

  • Reply Alexandra Stella August 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    That's a great look, the skirt is fantastic and the bag is fab as well. Great voting IGers!

    Alex – Funky Jungle

    • Reply dawnlucy August 10, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      My IG followers did a great job, right?! Thanks, Alex!

  • Reply Carylee August 11, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I don't remember any of my teachers being as fashionable as this! Great look! And yes, I don't know when school started happening so earlier in the summer! Poor kids! (And staff!)
    Carylee |

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:46 am

      Aww, thanks, Carylee! OXOX

  • Reply trina August 11, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Can't believe you already have to head back to school (work). Love the outfit of chose, skirts are the perfect way the be both professional and stylish at the same time, especially with this ever so fun pattern. I'm totally in love with that bag (reminder to start following you on instagram. Are both the teachers and students already back in session? And, if I were to go back in time, I would be lining up to be in your class.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:48 am

      Yes, follow me on IG and I'll be sure to follow back! @fashionshouldbefun
      Thanks for your sweet comment!

  • Reply Tiina L August 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Very stylish!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:41 am

      Thanks Tiina!

  • Reply Patti August 10, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Love the doggies bombing in. And you look fab for the first day of school! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:41 am

      Thanks so much, Patti. Visible Monday is definitely one of my very favorite link ups!

  • Reply Pam @ over50feeling40 August 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    This teacher went back last Friday, so I feel your pain…and your look great for first day…and beautiful, confident style!! Have a wonderful school year1

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:42 am

      Thanks so much, Pam! I hope your school year is off to a great start! 🙂

  • Reply Kelsey Bang August 11, 2014 at 4:12 am

    you are too cute! I love this skirt! fun print! such a darling look!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:47 am

      Thanks Dear! I love a black, white, and red print!

  • Reply Monika Faulkner August 11, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Bet you'll have all the students' eyes on you in this red and black ensemble, dearest Dawn…which is exactly what you want for the first day back at school!! Chic and professional!! P.S. The kids would love it if the dogs came along…but I'm not sure a lot of learning would get done!! 😉

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:51 am

      Haha … yeah, once I did sneak in Lucky for an hour and he humped someone's backpack,. There was no concentrating on schoolwork after that! 😀

  • Reply Sabina B August 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Have you seen the New Yorker caricatures yet on Eng lit majors? Hilarious. And I love the summer feel of your skirt. Great choice of bag makes for just the right eyecatcher and elegant feel of your top is a plus! I find my outfits actually grab my students' attention. They gave me a charm last semster at end of class having checked out my bracelt all the time when they were supposed to be busy wrecking their brains over English conditionals ;-))) Have a great start! xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:52 am

      How sweet that they gave you a charm for your bracelet! I will totally have to check out those New Yorker caricatures! Thanks for the tip!

  • Reply Nicole Layne August 11, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    This is a great outfit for the first day of school! I really like that skirt! Have a great first day back!

    Nicole to the Nines

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:52 am

      Thanks so much, Nicole!

  • Reply Jessica Jannenga August 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    You look fabulous, Dawn. Great minds think alike! I am doing a week's post on the red and black color scheme. Your skirt is so pretty, love the shape and print. Looking so stylish, love the red bag. I remember when I would teach and go back after Labor Day! I taught music and Kindergarten, I never had fashionable teachers , certainly not lookin like you!!
    Hope your week is great
    from the link up,

    please stop by, jess

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:53 am

      Can't wait to check out your black and red look! Oh, I bet kindergarten was fun!

  • Reply Ashley August 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I would definitely want to learn lit from you! Actually literature was my favorite subject in high school (I love to read!) so it makes me excited for you! I hope you have a good first day! Your instagrammers definitely helped you choose a great outfit!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:54 am

      Aww, thanks, Ashley! I love having readers like you in my classes! OXOX

  • Reply Whitney August 11, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Good choice! I'm still trying to decide what to wear for my first day with students in two weeks. And taking some flats with you is such a good idea. My very first day of teaching I wore a suit and heels…I about died of heat and was teaching barefoot by the end of the day. I quickly learned my lesson 🙂

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:57 am

      Hee … comfy shoes in the book bag is a must! 🙂

  • Reply Skylette from Sequins & Stilettos August 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    You are the most stylish teacher I know! Darling!


    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:54 am

      Aww, thanks so much! OXOX

  • Reply Cynthia Yang August 11, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    This is the perfect outfit for the first day of school! Very professional and so chic! Love the pops of red. Have a great week, Dawn! ~Cynthia

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:55 am

      Thanks so much, Cynthia! OXOX

  • Reply Darcy August 12, 2014 at 2:17 am

    So cute!! Love the pup, too!!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Thanks, Darcy! Yeah, love my little fur balls! 🙂

  • Reply Adrienne Shubin August 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I never had a teacher as adorable as you! I bet all your students think you are wonderful!
    I hope you have a great school year.
    xo, A

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:55 am

      Aww, you're the sweetest! Thanks so much, Adrienne! OXOX

  • Reply Tatiana Pujol August 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Such a great outfit for the first day of school. Very professional look and you know how to wear it!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:55 am

      Thanks so much, Tatiana! 🙂

  • Reply Hippy At Heart August 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Oh, I love that bag and it matches perfectly with your skirt! nice location!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 12, 2014 at 12:55 am

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Reply Nora Minassian August 12, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    This is a great look for going back to work, I love your shoes and the red bag is a great touch. Looking great!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Thanks so much, Nora! I always love a pop of red! OXOX

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen August 12, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Very stylish back to school outfit. I'd believe anything you told me about literature just because anyone who dresses so beautifully and with such aplomb must surely know her academic stuff as well. It has a properly optimistic attitude to subtly encourage your students. You look lovely, and I'm sorry your summer is over so soon.
    Speaking of literature (or a strange response to some Victorian literary tropes) I'm reading *Artful* by Peter David right now … it's an over-the-top, dark romp featuring the adventures of an older Artful Dodger as protector of the runaway Princess Alexandrina Victoria … yes that one, the future queen of England … and Bram Van Helsing, the child of his famously obesessed father,who is a fabled vampire hunter in his own right. Fagan re-emerges as vampire who becomes the Ripper-esque "Springheel Jack", and we are re-introduced to Sherlock Holmes' Baker Street Irregulars (Holmes hasn't shown up but I'm only a little over half way. He may well yet.) So far, it's a corker, and a great guilty pleasure of a novel. I've read everything Dickens wrote that I can find, and although I loved *Oliver Twist,* I sort of agree with the author of this strange little book, Mr. David, that Oliver was a bit of a pathetic little whiner. If you haven't read this one, I recommend it as an alternative look at some beloved characters who you might wish to hear more of. Yikes, actually.
    Can you take your dogs to school? Probably not, but a dog in the room always makes things better.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Oh wow, I can't wait to check out "Artful"! Thanks for your sweet compliments. I'm happy to say the first day went swimmingly! And you're right .. no dogs at school. Boo! 😉

    • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen August 14, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Do, please, let me know if you get to read it. Know you're nutso busy, and may never get to it, though. Or it might not be to your taste to begin with. I'd love to see what you think of it, if you do. Interesting for an class of older students who have already delt with the Victorians.

  • Reply Tiffany Opp August 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Love it! Love the dogs photobombing too, so cute! That printed skirt is so pretty and I love the color of that bag! I would definitely want to learn literature from you! Good luck with the new school year!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Thanks so much, Tiffany! OXOX

  • Reply J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all August 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    What a fun first day of school look. That skirt is so cute! Hope your first day back went well!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Thanks so much, Hon. The first day went well! 🙂

  • Reply Jing Xu August 13, 2014 at 12:57 am

    What a good idea of packing a pair of flats! A lovely but professional look. Enjoy your teaching!

    From jing at

    • Reply dawnlucy August 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

      The flats came in handy by lunchtime! Thanks, Jing! 🙂

  • Reply borka gamero August 13, 2014 at 2:19 am

    How beautiful ! This is Such an inspiration!
    Kisses from Miami,

    • Reply dawnlucy August 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thanks so much, Borka! 🙂

  • Reply M August 13, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Aww you are a very fashionable and classy teacher!


    • Reply dawnlucy August 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thanks, M! OXOX

  • Reply GnomeLover August 13, 2014 at 6:51 am

    So perfect for the first day! My kids start tomorrow. I am so nervous I cannot sleep. No more elementary school!

    I just love black on you and the pops of red are perfection!


    • Reply dawnlucy August 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

      I always love a pop of red! Oh, I hope things go well for your kids! Let me know! 🙂

  • Reply Andrea InMamasWardrobe August 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

    You are one super stylish teacher & would definitely take note learning from you! We have over 3 weeks of holidays left here! Ax

    • Reply dawnlucy August 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Enjoy the rest of your summer holiday! Thanks, Andrea! OXOX

  • Reply Lorna mai ltd August 13, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Your skirt is beautiful. I like the style on you plus love the colours. Gorgeous bag too!

  • Reply Heather August 14, 2014 at 12:35 am

    What a perfect, classy teacher outfit! I bet your students thought you looked really sophisticated!

  • Reply J. Elle August 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Terrific choice! Love this beautiful skirt and that bag is simply gorgeous!


  • Reply Jing Xu August 14, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Your red bag going so well with this outfit, but also adds a lot to it too. I have a red bag which I love so much but have not found out with which outfit to go. I shall try your way.

    From Jing at

  • Reply Doused In Pink August 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Perfect choice! Such a pretty skirt and I love your bag!


  • Reply Marta C August 15, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    What a great look for the !st day back!! Looking sharp & chic Dawn Lucy!! Have a wonderful weekend:)
    Marta, xo

  • Reply Elegance and Mommyhood August 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Fab outfit for back to school Dawn. Love the bag and skirt. You look lovely. =))

  • Reply Renae of Simple Sequins August 17, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Great thrift skirt purchase my friend! Good luck on starting this new year and the new clothing items are smart and planned out well. I love your poses and your fabulous backdrop of vegetation and wondering animals. lol Thanks for linking and if you haven't heard, chemo 6 is set for Monday. I say "BRING IT!!"

    • Reply dawnlucy August 17, 2014 at 4:11 am

      Hee hee! Vegetation and wondering animals indeed! 😉 … Yay for chemo #6 because the sooner it starts the sooner it will be over, Dear. Sending love & hugs to you ….

  • Reply Lara Rose August 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    You look amazing! Great blog you have here! Keep up the great work!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 19, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Thanks so much, Lara Rose! 🙂

  • Reply Debbie Stinedurf August 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Perfect outfit for the first day! We don't go back until Labor Day, but we have to go until June…Thanks so much for linking up with Renae and I!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 19, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Thanks so much, Debbie! Loved seeing you co-host for Renae!

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