Teacher Style: Developing Your Style
One of my goals this summer is to develop a style. A teacher style. My ideas on teacher styles have evolved over the years, so part of this mission was to figure out exactly what the heck my teacher style is now!
I started this whole journey pretty clueless about fashion. Because I’m a visual learner and like analyzing groups of ‘things’, I wanted to put as many ideas in front of my eyeballs as possible and try to find a pattern to what I was ‘liking’.
To do this, I turned to my old friend, Pinterest. I started by scrolling through the Women’s Fashion category. And wow. There were certainly a lot of different outfit choices there. But when it really comes down to it, we need function over form. Comfortable, practical, flexible, modest and simple. But still stylish. That search had lots of style, but not so much in the way of comfort or practicality. And so I began to search more purposefully.
When I typed ‘Teacher Fashion‘ or ‘Teacher Style‘ into the search engine, I got some REALLY great boards. I began pinning any outfit that struck me as really cute and something I’d gravitate towards if I saw it in a store window. There were no rules-just pin anything that I liked in the moment. After a few days of this (yes-I’ve been working on this for 2.5 weeks now), I stopped and took a look at what was on my board.
I looked at each picture and first asked myself if it was practical for me to wear that outfit-did I really want to wear a pencil skirt? Could I put a shrug over those sleeveless tops? As cute as those heels are, will my feet survive the day? I was ruthless. I took out all the pictures that I realized just wouldn’t work for me.
Then, I began to find the patterns. In this season of my life (I love that phrase), I am apparently drawn to blouses under sweaters. That was the most obvious pattern in my pinning frenzy. Also, I love A-line skirts and dresses. Polka dots, yellow/orange/pink colors that make an outfit POP, scarves and general layering. And I discovered I really like the look of skinny jeans and boots. Lastly, I have realized I need to learn about belts, as many of the outfits I pinned use them as a focal point and I know zip about them.
Some areas that surprised me: I use to REALLY be into vintage. If it looked like it was from the 30’s-50’s, I was there. Also, Anthropologie. I lived one exit down from their store before we moved, and visiting their clearance rack was a Friday ritual. But I didn’t see much evidence of either style in my pins-I appear to be leaning more towards the preppy looks of J Crew. Another area that surprised me was the pant style I kept pinning. I’m a curvier girl and have always leaned towards boot-cut jeans and wide-legged pants. But it looks like I should research skinnier pants and how to wear with them with boots. Which brings us to the boots. This was my last surprise-I’ve always liked the boot trend on others, and have even dubbed it ‘San Francisco’s official uniform’ because so many of the girls wear them. But I think it’s time I start learning about them and save up for a few pairs to wear this fall.
So after several weeks of pinning, studying, pinning, studying, and on again, I’ve learned the following:
-I am a layers girl. Layering blouses under sweaters/cardigans, cardigans over dresses, wearing jackets, etc. This requires time and thought, neither of which I have in the morning. Solution coming soon.
-Skinny jeans/pants with boots-I need to keep my eyes open for both of these.
-Scarves-who knew? I have several in my closet but never think to wear them. I should be more deliberate with my accessories.
-Bright colors-right now my closet is made up of white, black and navy blue, with the occasional red or green thrown in. But my pins are telling me another store-I should not be afraid of yellows, oranges or pinks/corals.
-Belts-as stated before, this is unexplored territory and I’m ready to tackle it.
Now that I’ve identified my style and types of clothing I lean towards, I can move on to the next step: Shopping My Closet! Use today to work on your own Pinterest style board (and post a link in the comments if you want us to follow you!), and then check out this post for advice on how to start putting your outfits together! This is a hands-on project, after all. No more lusting after outfits that you don’t think you’ll ever wear-we’re going to get STYLISH!