Teacher fashion staples

teacher fashion staples

If you read Monday’s post you know that with everyone around me creating clear the list pages on Amazon I decided to make lists of top education splurge items. My last post was office supply splurges and today’s list is fashion staples. I consider fashion a splurge because on a teacher’s budget, anything spent on ourselves often feels like a splurge.

Too often we, as educators, spend so much time caring for others that we neglect to take care of ourselves. Self care may take the form of exercise or down time, but it can also be items that help us be more comfortable throughout our day.

Sorry gentlemen, but this post is geared towards the ladies. I can’t speak from experience when it comes to men’s fashion.

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No Show Socks

I don’t know about you, but if I don’t wear socks my feet sweat and if my feet are sweating I am uncomfortable in my shoes. Not to mention the stinky foot smell that follows me around in the afternoon after I’ve gotten home and ditched the shoes. No show socks are the solution. The Eedor Women’s 3 Thin No Show Socks come in all the basic colors and are Amazon’s #1 best seller in no show socks. They have four and a half stars with 4,433 ratings. They also come up high enough on your heel that there is no skin rubbing on the shoe. They are thin and aren’t going to last for years, but for three pairs for $9.95 I’m ok with that.

Wedge Sandals

One way to avoid sweating feet is to wear open toed shoes, but it’s so hard to find open toed shoes that are appropriate for school. During pre-service week I saw our Library Media Specialist wearing these shoes. They were exactly what I’ve been looking for. A low platform cork heel that is built for comfort and is cute while still looking professional. That week I treated myself to a pair as my back to school self-care gift to myself (last year I got myself a YETI water bottle that I use every day and love). These shoes have been my go-to ever since. I’m thinking about treating myself to a pair in beige too! I can wear them all day and clock tons of steps on my fit bit and my feet don’t hurt or stink.

Basic tanks or camisoles

I have so many clothes that I could wear to school, but they dip just a little too low in the chest area for me to be comfortable. The solution is tank tops and camis. I even bought a full out slip to wear under a wrap dress because it gives me piece of mind that I won’t be showing too much skin.

Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Vee Cardigan Sweater, Black, Medium""” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>A Lightweight Cardigan

Does your classroom feel like an African safari one minute and an Alaskan adventure the next? Mine does. I combat the tumultuous temperatures with layers. A lightweight cardigan, especially in black, white, or tan is one of the most versatile and useful items you can own as a teacher.

I like Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Vee Cardigan Sweater, Black, Medium""” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>this cardigan because it’s lightweight and machine washable! Being machine washable is a requirement for all of my clothing. Teachers do not have the time or the money to be taking clothes to the cleaner. I also love that Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Vee Cardigan Sweater, Black, Medium""” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>this cardigan comes in tons of colors and is under $25.

Not the cardigan type? A Auliné Collection Women’s Casual Work Solid Color Knit Blazer""” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>casual blazer will keep you warm when temps drop in your classroom.

The Auliné Collection Women’s Casual Work Solid Color Knit Blazer""” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Auliné Collection Knit Blazer has nearly 4,000 positive reviews. The the fact that it’s machine washable and lightweight makes it an obvious choice for teachers.

A large eco-friendly tote bag

I had a hard time finding a “teacher sized” tote bag that could fit a computer and folders full of essays that was also not made of leather. More and more of us are being conscientious consumers and chose to stay away from animal products. This tote by DASEIN is 100% eco-friendly vegan and it will fit all those important documents (aka essays and projects) you take home to grade.

A good pair of clogs

I go with the wedge sandal in the warmer months, but when it dips below the 60’s outside I switch to my clogs. They are not the most fashionable piece of footwear, but they are incredibly versatile, comfortable, and durable. I’ve had mine for over five years now and they are still going strong.

Looking for more shopping distractions? Check out these posts:

Classroom supply splurges

5 Must-Haves for New Teachers

The Wannabe Teacher’s Guide 

5 Snacks teachers love

5 Recommended books for new teachers

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I am a National Board Certified educator currently teaching in Virginia. I have taught the following: English 9, 10, 11, and 12 (on academic, collaborative, and honors levels); Dual Enrollment English; Mass Communications, Yearbook, Newspaper, and Communications Technology. I have experience in five different school systems, four in Virginia and one in Maryland. I served as my school’s 2019 Teacher of the Year and was a top five finalist for the Teacher of the Year for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. I am passionate about recruiting and retaining quality educators in our public schools. Let me help you find your path to changing lives through teaching!

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