id your mom ever dress you in matching outfits with one of your siblings when you were a kid making you feel like an awkward set of twins? This tends to happen when parents have couture control over their kid’s style and while I didn’t mind, my sister wasn’t a fan of our matchy-matchy outfits. Nowadays my mom and sister occasionally ask me, “What should I wear to work?” and they both happen to work in education (4th grade & college) so today I’m featuring them in…..the same dress
. The tables have turned and luckily they work on different campus’s so there will be no need for a stare down in the faculty room on the first day of school.
Here’s some ‘back to school’ fashion tips for teachers including the ABC’s of stylish classroom essentials …
I surprised my mom & sister styling them in the same dress…
Needless to say, this was the look my sister had on her face when she realized she was twinsies with my mom. (Sidenote)
~ How many Jr. High campuses have you seen located across the street from a gorgeous California vineyard? This
is just one of many in Mendocino County located near Ukiah, California.
1 Dress, 2 Styles ~ The same dress can easily be styled differently by adding a blazer or layering a cardigan in the fall with a belt to make it look like a skirt.
Simple Hair Lesson Plan ~
If you’re a teacher or work in an office, a simple signature up-do is essential if you’re low on morning prep time. Whether it’s a bun, ponytail or a 4-minute french twist like my sister prefers, go with your favorite maintainable color or highlights if you like. My sister just had her hair colored at Pitch Salon
in San Francisco. They offer a 20% discount for first time clients.
Shades ~ Sunglasses are an easy way to show your personal style, plus they’re vital for yard duty.
ABC’s of Teacher Style
A is for ACCESSORIES ~
I don’t recommend wearing your finest jewelry or clothes just in case finger painting goes awry and one of those little angels spills on you. Stella & Dot
is one of my favorite affordable jewelry lines and my mom is wearing this Libby Layering necklace
My sister in this distressed ruler necklace from TJ Maxx
(Cute gold & white utnsils necklace~$15.99 Here
B is for Banana Republic ~
It’s sale time at most stores now and this includes Banana Republic where I found these dresses and my mom’s blazer for more than 60% off. (Sidenote
) ~ Banana Republic
gives a 15% discount
off in store purchases to all teachers & students. Even if you never wear it in the classroom, take advantage of the savings.
C is for Comfort ~
Always wear the most comfy shoe options whether it’s wedges, flats or boots in the winter.
What about the Guys? Introducing LiftLuxe…
Male teachers and professors should try to dress professional (aka no gym clothes including workout shorts, warm ups, etc. unless you’re a P.E. teacher) Collared shirts, sweaters, dark wash denim, khakis or slacks depending on your style are all great. I was recently introduced to a men’s lifestyle and fashion site called LiftLuxe and was very impressed. They even offer celebrity style tips like ‘How to Dress Like a Bad Boy’ or the ‘Timeless Elegance of Cary Grant’
DETAILS by Dale
Jody ~ dress: Banana Republic, purse ~ LV, heels ~ Zara, bracelets~ H&M, watch & sunglasses (Shanghai) similar Michael Kors tortoise shell watch here
My mom (Jan): dress & blazer ~ Banana Republic
, Necklace~ Stella&Dot
Do you remember the styles your teachers wore throughout school? I remember some of the snazzy dressed teachers I had in school.
And If you’re a teacher and have any “Back to School” fashion faves, please share…
Also, the ‘Faux Real Travel Essentials Giveaway’
As mentioned in my previous post, I brought back a ‘Tory Burch’ item below from the factory markets in Shanghai and I’m also giving away this BONUS Banana Republic Trina Turk makeup bag (real) & the new MAC lip shade (real) in the same color my mom & sister are wearing in this post. It’s called Pure Zen. See pics of ALL items in detail, plus the wallet box & bag included in detail HERE