ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Fall Fashion: For the Teacher Headed Back to School

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall Fashion: For the Teacher Headed Back to School

Full Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by Meijer in promotion of their fall clothing line. ( I may or may not have spent well beyond what I earned between my desire to have "one of each" and the tow truck bill after I locked my keys in the car while I was shopping ;).  All of the opinions here are my own.

After several years of working from home, teaching my young children in the classroom that is our home and our world, I have taken a new position teaching part time in a more traditional setting.  This change has required a significant change in my wardrobe. When Meijer contacted me regarding their Fall 2013 Look Book it reinforced my need for a few new classroom appropriate outfits.  Initially, I was quite certain I would also need them to provide a personal stylists so I would have a clue if the outfits I was choosing were even on the trendy radar.  However, I decided to trust the designers to the current and fashionable part and to choose pieces I knew I would be comfortable wearing!

From the start I was drawn to these lovely infinity scarves and was tempted to build an outfit around each of the color combinations. I picked one to start with...
 Using the cream, navy, and autumn orange color scheme I set to shopping for mix and match pieces to provide many options with a few classic pieces.
 I left the store with
.~2 pair of pants - one pair for dress and one for casual Fridays
~2 pair of shoes - flats and boots
~2 dress shirts
~1 casual top & 1 sweater
...all to accompany my scarf!
  After an afternoon of mixing and matching I was able to use these pieces to put together 8 smart outfits.  A few of these combinations are pictured below.  Navy is one of my comfort zone colors, so these work for me. The maize and navy scarf might be my next wardrobe addition.  However, there are so many great colors available. It would also be fun to experiment with the deep purples and greens pictured in their fall Look Book as well.

For those of you who live in an area with a Meijer store, you may be interested in participating in their Pin It to Win It fall style contest for a chance to win a $100 Meijer gift card.  There is more information regarding the specifics of this contest at

What is your preferred classroom style? 
 Do your school outfits make a comfortable transition for weekend wear? 
We would love to hear your fall shopping tips too!


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