If you are starting your student teaching experience or starting your first teaching job you may be thinking about what you will wear to work every day. In my experience I have found that elementary schools can be quite casual…so no need to buy a suit! But sadly my college uniform of leggings and sorority t shirts wasn’t going to cut it anymore. When building up my teacher wardrobe I wanted to purchase a variety of easy to wear pieces that didn’t break the budget. But I still wanted to make sure that I looked young and fun!
As a teacher I knew that I would be on my feet, sitting on the ground, and that my clothes would need to be somewhat modest. Therefore most of my work wardrobe consists of bright colored pants, lightweight layers, and fun dresses.
When shopping for dress pants I found that they were either super expensive or made me look super old. My favorite pants are from Old Navy and Loft. Both stores offer amazing discounts and coupons and come in a variety of bright colors and patterns. When starting off I reccomend buying a few pairs of black pants, another neutral like navy or grey, and to mix it up with a bright color or pattern…they look great with neutral tops.
I don’t know if it is just me but my classroom was constantly changing temperature. Some days it was super warm, somedays it was super cold! I coped by making sure that I wore layers on most days. I don’t love blouses because I find them hard to move around in so I would typically wear tshirts or sweaters and dress them up with a statement necklace, colorful scarf or add a pop of color with a puffy vest.
In the cold Michigan winter dresses with leggings were my saving grace! Not only are dresses comfortable, getting to wear leggings made me feel like I was lounging around but I still looked professional. The key to wearing dresses at school is making sure they are long enough when you bend down to work with students. I would always make sure to ask a trusted friend if it was “kid appropriate” before wearing a dress to school. My go to rule is at the knee or barely above to make sure that you aren’t showing off anything you don’t want to.
Still not sure what to wear? Here are a few of my favorite looks to wear in the classroom.