September marks a new beginning for so many. For me, January is all doom and gloom, new diets and credit card bills. I love September because it gives me the fresh start without all of the new year new me malarky. September is not only my favourite time of year for fresh starts but I adore Autumn Winter fashion and with a new school year starting, I am ready for an injection of some new bits into my wardrobe.
Scarves, ballerina pumps and cardigan sales are kept afloat by the Irish teachers and before anyone thinks I am mocking, I have plenty of these in my wardrobe too!! Classrooms are cold and heels are sometimes just too much in the classroom. That being said, you can add a little bit of glamour into your wardrobe without forgoing the comfort.
Personally I like to dress up going to school. I find that the days I have leggings or a tracksuit on, I just don’t feel as motivated as when I have my glam on. The kids in my class always get worried when I walk into the classroom in leggings as they know my mood might not be the most joyous. I also think dressing well sets a good impression for the children.
With all of the above in mind, I have put together a few picks to help inject some life into your back to school wardrobe.
Since we are heading into the colder weather, we might as well get embrace the boots and tights and invest now in some boots that we can wear over the next few months.
There are 3 types of shoes I have as my staples for schools. Heeled boots, flat knee boots and dress runners. I tend to stick to black but it is handy to have a pair of tan boots to go with navy clothes. As you know yourself, you are better off keeping the heel at a comfortable height cause you’re on your feet all day.
I wear dresses most days, for the simple reason that they are a complete outfit and I don’t have to waste time matching bits and pieces. As part of my job, I find myself leaning over table quite a bit, so I tend to wear a lot of string tops underneath my dresses for modesty . Length wise for dresses, I tend to go midi or long a lot but I have some skim the knee dresses. I have a few jackets that I use as staples that can be mixed and matched with each dress. 5 years in a prefab will teach you that layering is key for teaching!!! A huge amount of my teaching dresses come from iclothing and Zara, for the simple reason they are affordable, on trend and suitable for work!
Skirts are another handy one to have in the wardrobe. I have a few black t-shirts that I pair with most of my skirts. Throw a little jacket onto and you’re all sorted !
Blazers or little jackets are a must for the classroom. Unlike an office, you can experience 4 seasons in one day in the average Irish classroom. Throw in the fact that it just takes one knock on the door and you’re out on the yard doing god knows what for whatever flag the school is currently going for. I keep a really big ugly yard duty coat in the classroom for cold days, but for every day, I have a multitude of jackets to pick from.