In the same way, I’ve felt my fashion choices fall into a steady pattern with no extremes as well. However, even on the days I feel like I’m recycling the same endless parade of leggings, scarves, sweaters, and boots to make it through, I try to find a way to change things up.
To finish this winter with some fun, here are a few looks I’ve been rocking this season!
Keep reading for four more looks from our Fashionable Teacher!
My second look has been one of my favorites this season. This dress was a ModCloth deal that was 70% off around the New Year. Generally, I try to avoid getting e-mails about sales from my favorite stores because I know I’m a total sucker for good deals, but this is one I was pretty happy with because of how school-friendly it is and for its comfort-factor (it’s almost fleece-like, which is hard to describe). The dress doesn’t need a whole lot else to complete it and I like keeping it simple. The tights are Vera Wang for Kohl’s (another of my go-to places for footwear) and somehow, my other winter footwear default are my moccasins from Payless, bought many years ago back in college. I don’t know if it’s the soft interior or the ease of slipping them on, but I’ve found myself in these a lot this winter, often throwing them in my teacher bag to change into once I get to work.
My third look is also based around a ModCloth item I got a good deal on. As I’ve said before, having those few splurge items in your wardrobe that aren’t from your same few stores can really make a mark and establish more dynamic outfits. This yellow skirt gets a lot more wear than you’d expect based on its bold color. I paired it with what is basically my base layer for most of the winter - black H&M leggings and the aforementioned boots. I’m also wearing a basic long-sleeved v-neck from Target and an old denim vest from Forever 21 that I bought back in college. The scarf I’ve had for years and years and couldn’t tell you where I picked it up, but I always love the mix of colors in it and wish I’d remember to wear it more often - it’s one of those pieces that I have to deliberately remember to wear but when I do, I wear it for several days in a short period.
The first is the outfit I wore on Valentine’s Day.
This sweater is the quintessential piece of “teacher kitsch” in my wardrobe, but I proudly drag it out every year on Valentine’s Day (or lately, the Friday before). I bought it from a thrift shop while I was student teaching and after three years of donning it for elementary school parties, I figured it was still worth wearing now that I work in a high school setting. Thankfully it was still a hit! My bow is from American Apparel, my dress is another ModCloth basic (I love the collar on this dress!), and I wasn’t lying about how often I wear the same leggings and boots on the bottom of most winter outfits.
In my place as a teacher and fashion blogger, I sometimes don’t want to share my more mundane outfits because they’re well, mundane. Obviously I really do wear the outfits I share, but I’d say that the ones I feel worth blogging about often only comprise two or three days of the school week.
The other days, I typically dress something like this, without a lot of variation besides the color of the cardigan or scarf).
There’s something to be said about keeping things simple and basic, and I still feel like I accomplish that without completely abandoning my own sense of style, but if I was a cartoon character and only wore one outfit my entire life, it would probably be some sort of variation on this - going back to my point prior, this outfit is almost entirely H&M - the leggings, the basic cotton dress, the cardigan, even the scarf. However, who can argue when the payoff is looking professional enough to pass and also feeling like you’re wearing your pajamas to work? So, until further notice, I’ll be wearing this to get through the next month or so of winter here in Michigan and hoping with spring comes some new-found outfit inspiration.