Whether you’re looking for outfit inspiration for the classroom, the office or parent-teacher night, let music teacher and our feature lifestyle and fashion blogger, Karli Ellis, show you how to make fall style simple with a few of her favorite back to school style tips. She’s a pro at pulling together effortless outfits for any occasion. And she always strikes the perfect note with go-to faves like lacy flats, an updated jacket or a neutral cardi. Swing by Karli’s Instagram for even more ways to tune up your back-to-school style.
Hi! My name is Karli Ellis, a fashion and lifestyle blogger at Everyday Ellis. I started my blog 2 years ago as a way to share my daily teacher outfits. I taught kindergarten at the time and now own my own music studio where I teach music classes, the piano, and vocal lessons. One reason I have loved being a teacher is because of the fashion statements that so many teachers make every day. I love surrounding myself with women who have such a wide variety of styles that they bring to their classroom. Today I am sharing with you 3 different teacher looks, along with some helpful tips to style your outfit, for whatever teacher situation you are part of.
Tip #1: Wear pants that are easy to move and sit in…
As a former kindergarten teacher and current music teacher to preschoolers, I am always looking for pants that are comfortable enough to allow me to sit on the floor. Finding the right pair is crucial if this is your situation. That’s why I love a good pair of jeggings.
Tip #2: Always have a jacket handy
I love layering my looks during the fall, so having a cute, floral jacket was something I knew I wanted to incorporate. There have been many times while teaching that I needed a jacket, so I always try to keep one on hand. This floral go-to is not only lightweight but more put together than an everyday jacket (perfect for my teacher needs).
Tip #3: Comfortable pair of shoes
As a teacher, there are days that I love to wear a pair of comfortable heels, but for the most part because we’re on our feet all day, I am wearing a pair of cute and comfortable flats. I have a hard time finding flats that have personality, while still feeling like I dressed my outfit up, so I love that lace up flats are in style right now. Plus I love about these flats don’t require you to actually tie the laces, so you can have a cute pair of flats while not worrying about the laces coming untied throughout the day.
Look #2: Elementary or High School Teacher
Outfit: Pair of Colored Jeggings, Cute Blouse, and Neutral Cardigan
Tip #4: Stick to neutrals
When I’m back to school shopping for my favorite fall teacher looks, I always look for a few neutral pieces that I will be able to mix and match with the rest of my wardrobe. Cardigans are a great neutral piece because you can pair it with a variety of different tops, switching up your outfit, but still using items from your existing closet. Just like this gray cardigan because you can easily pair with fun fall color pants or shirts.
Tip #5: Don’t forget about outfits you’ll wear outside of work
The last elementary school that I taught at had at least 2-3 after school events every month. Some of these included carnivals, fundraisers, or dinner activities. No one ever wore their work clothes to these events, so I loved being able to create a fun and cute look for these events that showed my personality outside of the classroom, while still being professional. Also, having a good purse to take to the classroom and not relying on your teacher bag is another way to make your after school outfit look nice and presentable. Someone would comment on how they loved my outfit at every event I attended, so my final tip is don’t forget to buy some items to wear outside of the classroom. Elementary teachers: this could be your carnivals, fundraisers, etc. And High School teachers: this would be a great time to shop for an outfit you can wear to the football or basketball games.
For more desk-friendly outfit inspiration, check out best-in-class style tips from elementary school teacher and fashion and style guest blogger, Deb. And don’t forget to enter our #mauriceslovesteachers sweepstakes for a chance to WIN $500 in gift cards to outfit your closet and classroom. Photo credit: Sadie Banks Photography