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Stylish outfit ideas for the substitute teacher

Can you post some budget friendly and appropriate substitute teacher outfits? —@fitserbmama via Twitter

Dressing appropriately for any occasion can be overwhelming and we’ve all been there. Ideally as a substitute teacher, you should aim to dress a bit more conservatively. If you’re working with children you’ll definitely want to wear something comfortable to avoid a wardrobe malfunction. Here are my suggestions:

Outfit ideas for teachers

LOOK 1. Slacks are standard in the professional world and if you’re going to wear them, why not do it with style? In this set I added a lime green kimono blouse over black slacks, flats and a rich blue leather tote bag. If you’re working with children, try a dressy top over slacks for flavor.

Shirt / Pants / Bag / Shoes

Outfit ideas for teachers

LOOK 2. When in doubt, wear a pencil skirt! These skirts are classy, chic, versatile and work with most blouses. Sticking with fall trends, I added a pink turtleneck, classic dress shoes and pearl accessories to refine this mod look.

Shirt / Skirt / Earrings / Necklace

Outfit ideas for teachers

LOOK 3. There's something about blazers that revamps any outfit with pure sophistication. This last outfit idea brings together a stunningly shaped beige blazer, a full 1950s midi skirt, tile-print cami and statement necklace. Shoes can make or break the professionalism of an outfit and for this look I chose patent leather sling kitten heels. When deciding which types of shoes to wear in this field, I definitely recommend keeping your heels three inches or less.

Blazer / Shirt / Skirt / Necklace / Shoes

To sum things up, it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed and if you haven’t done so, invest in a blazer! Most importantly, always feel confident in what you’re wearing.

Any more questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below or tweet me at @ElizaCastro.
Great looks! Especially love the swishy midi in the third combo. The first look is pretty cute too!
#1 Galina Hayes on 2013-09-19 05:45 (Reply)
Great outfit combinations. I especially love the 3rd option, with the little tank, blazer, and midi skirt. I need to invest in some more professional shoes for my industry (PR, higher education). Another great 'teachery' type of outfit would be a great full knee length skirt, tucked in blouse or tee, and a cute cardigan paired with mary janes with a small heel. :-)
Gabi from Denton
#2 Gabrielle (Homepage) on 2013-09-19 08:59 (Reply)
Love the pencil skirt. I wear pencil skirts almost daily in my corporate job. I want to get down to JCP now to snatch up that one. :-)
#3 Amy (Homepage) on 2013-09-19 09:18 (Reply)
The first shirt is very beautiful!!!
#4 Marta (Homepage) on 2013-09-19 12:28 (Reply)
Your blue bag points to website. Just wondering, have you purchased from them and what is the quality of the bags like?
#5 Trang on 2013-09-19 17:28 (Reply)
We haven't shopped there yet but plan on it soon! Stay tuned :-)
#6 Eliza Castro on 2013-09-20 14:13 (Reply)
Great picks,especially #3! All of these could work in other casual office environments too! I think #2 would work better for higher grades though; I think with lower grades you might need to be running around more and pencil skirts aren't great for moving around lol!
#7 MizzJ (Homepage) on 2013-09-23 01:06 (Reply)
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