On St.Maarten (the Dutch side of our island) our teachers are back to school. Although the rest of the world, is still preparing to kick off in a few weeks, I thought it would be great to share some of my favorite "Back 2 School" looks and where you can shop for them.
Stereotypically, educatorrs aren't necessarily known for their teacher fashion sense but those of us walking the hallways everyday know plenty of teachers who belong on the style honor roll.
Looking good does not come easily for those that are at the head of the class. Classroom dwellers can face some serious teacher fashion challenges. Full days on their feet surrounded by dry erase markers, crowded hallways and dirty students' hands don't bode well for high-priced, high-concept style. Nor does a teacher salary or insanely busy schedules. It's hard to find time to think much less plan the perfect outfit.
To help, we've collected a few tips just for teacher fashion. Break out of your wardrobe rut this fall and bring practical and affordable style back into the classroom! Teachers overall have certainly step up their game, when it comes to style. There is little (if any) left of the typical teacher with a long sleeve high collar shirt, pleated knee length skirt and spectacles. The modern educator of today, is stylish, funky and trendy. Of course the reservation of their profession applies, at the end of the day they are the role model of their students. Luckily the plus size teacher also have shopping and trendy options. I have compiled 3 looks, that I absolutely love and that are at the same time staple pieces that you can dress up or down and make it corporate appropriate.
Create a wardrobe with classic pieces that can be worn a multitude of ways. I know buying a plain dress or white button-up blouse doesn’t sound terribly exciting, but if you think of these staple pieces as canvases that can be styled an infinite number of ways, it opens up a world of opportunity.
It seems like fashionistas everywhere salivate upon the mere mention of the word “vintage.” Lucky for us, vintage is (more or less) a fancy way of saying thrifted finds, so why not head over to your local thrift shop to find your own low-cost treasures!
While thrifting, read the labels! You will be amazed by the number of items you find by major fashion houses - not to mention, all of the pieces that come from Italy or France. Oooh lala. To make the search easier, try the touch test. Run your hand down the rack and you'll easily feel the difference between the high quality fabrics and the polyblends.
- We Can’t Afford Designer Clothes… or Can We?
Gone are the days when the only people with access to designer clothes are the insanely wealthy and the handful of New Yorkers with the time to visit midday (midweek) sample sales held in designers showrooms.
Designers are increasingly turning to online sale sites to clear out their fancy-fancy merchandise, which is basically awesome news for us common folk! Sites such as Gilt Groupe, Rue La La, and Hautelook host clearance sales with up to 80% off of apparel and accessories from designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Juicy Couture and Theory.
Turn to the professionals to track the season’s hottest trends. There are hundreds of free online fashion resources, meaning you can get cutting-edge style advice without shelling out the $6 for your copy of Vogue. You just have to do your research!
- Teacher-Appropriate Trends
Once you begin to study the great stylists, certain trends will emerge that inspire and excite you. Go for it! Embrace the trends, but please, please look age-appropriate. We don’t, after all, want to be confused with (gasp!) one of our students!
- Fall for the “Boyfriend Blazer”
Last fall's big hit, the boyfriend blazer, is still very much in fashion. To keep it fresh and new, add hanging earrings, an architectural choker or other statement-making accessories.
Oversized jackets are getting a lot of attention. We are seeing the traditional blazer look being shaken up with a disregard for structure and an appreciation for unexpected editing. To find the right relaxed jacket, shop in your closet.
Take advantage of this professional yet trendy look by throwing a boyfriend blazer over almost any outfit!
- Make a Statement with Accessories!
This fall, jewelry is big, bold and ornate and is designed to bring flair to even the most basic of outfits. Have fun with it! There is no reason to spend a lot of money on pieces that will inevitably go out of style next season, so I say turn to less expensive stores and let your imagination run wild! Forever 21, H&M, Zara, are some of my favorite places when it comes to looking for accessories on line.
A warning: the opulent statement necklaces (like these expensive, but to-die-for pieces from Anthropologie) may be hard to pull off at work, but would be a great way to transition some of your basics from day-to-night, if you have after work plans.
- Comfortable Shoes Don’t Have To Be Ugly
Being on their feet for most of the day means comfortable shoes are imperative. But please don’t let that be an excuse for sporting busted footwear! I am not saying you should try and suffer through the day in high heels - not at all. Instead, I encourage you to think sensibly AND stylishly, by turning to wedges, flat boots and ballet flats to complete your outfits.
It is worth noting, that all hopes for high heels are not lost. Cole Haan makes an incredible line of beautiful shoes with Nike Air technology built into each one. These shoes can only be described as magical - pumps, flats and boots that look extremely chic and composed while feeling like a sneaker.