How to Put Together an A+ Teacher’s Wardrobe on a Budget


No First Amendment Arguments, Please
Yes, we get it: you love fur more than life itself. However, your teaching wardrobe isn’t the time to start expressing yourself through clothes, so keep your fashion simple. The occasional kooky teacher’s tie (Zazzle has a lot of those on sale) or playful scarf should be okay, though, as it helps keep your class visually attuned. For the most part, start with the basics: a nice black suit, a pair of closed toed black pumps, and a basic camisole or shell. Yes, it’s boring, but when you’re on the platform discussing Algebra, you want folks to focus on the Xs and Ys, not on your outfit.

Find Items That Can Serve Double Duty
Allocating fixed clothing allowances don’t always work because there are times when you may need to spend more, just like there are instances when you shouldn’t spend a dime. Shop for items that are versatile, like a tote bag that can be your weekend shopping bag and your briefcase or a pair of black trousers that you can wear to a Parent-Teacher conference and a faculty office party.

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  1. Classyjojo725 says

    I really disagree with the whole, “don’t let your personal style shine through,” comment. As a school counselor, I think students like to see their teachers individuality and personality shine. Who wants to be a cookie-cutter rendition of what a teacher is supposed to be like? Let’s leave that to the bankers and those who have to operate in very constricted, less fashionable work environments.

  2. says

    Great wardrobe suggestion! However, I think this is setof wardrobe is not only teachers. Suits, blazers, black dress, pumps, and oxford shoes are a must-have for anybody working in an office environment. Similarly, everybody should have leather belts and bags in their wardrobe. 

  3. I need to brush my teeth now says

    I threw up a little in my mouth when I read “wear Crocs.”

    No, please do not wear shoes made out of plastic. Plastic is for childrens toys and picnics, not for shoes.

    Men: Bass Weejuns, Allen Edmund or Alden Oxfords, Bean Boots if it rains. These are the only shoes you need to own. If you MUST own athletic shoes: New Balance 993.

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