3 Tips to Transition Your Wardrobe Between Seasons on a Budget

Transition Your Wardrobe Between Seasons on a Budget

3 Tips to Transition Your Wardrobe Between Seasons on a Budget

Spring is my favorite “day” between winter and summer. It doesn’t make sense to buy a whole new wardrobe for that minute window of gorgeous spring weather between the polar vortexes and heat waves, so your best bet is to have some good transitional pieces that can carry you thought a day that might be both cold and hot. Secondhand stores are one of my favorite places to find brand name basics and fun, unique items you can’t find in stores. The same holds true for hone decor — check out some secondhand items I featured in last week’s post if you missed it. Today I’m sharing some recent consignment store finds and tips for looking stylish in the classroom and out during those in-between seasons.

Recently I attended a Teacher Style event at Castaway’s Consignment, a cute little local consignment store. I’ve been dropping off clothes to sell there for a while now, and I can always find cute basics (and great brands) and unique pieces there at a great price. Most of the pieces I’m featuring today were Castaways finds, and I’ll drop a few links to similar items as well.

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Tip 1: Go for classic pieces in easy-to-mix-in colors.

In between seasons, I tend to stick with very basic color combos (think black, white, and denim) with classic pieces. Then I mix things up with accessories or fun outerlayers. This olive Loft blouse (a consignment store find) will be perfect dressed up or down. It’s pretty worn alone on warmer days, or if it’s cold I can throw on any sort of blazer, moto, denim jacket, or sweater. Distressed jeans in a lighter color are perfect for spring and summer. White jeans have become a year-round staple and are particularly great for making a wintery outfit more springy. Finally, faux leather leggings are a year-round item that goes perfectly with longer layers.

Spring wardrobe capsule teacher outfit ideas
Spring wardrobe capsule teacher outfit ideas
Spring wardrobe capsule teacher outfit ideas
Spring wardrobe capsule teacher outfit ideas
Spring wardrobe capsule teacher outfit ideas

Tip 2: Layer, layer, layer.

The best way to make sure you’re not too hot or too cold is to wear layers you can add or subtract. My favorite layering pieces this spring are mostly jackets: denim jackets, moto jackets, and blazers are my top three picks at the moment. Denim jackets are great items to pick up at secondhand stores! They’re pretty easy to find, you’ll save a lot of money, and they’re something that never goes out of style.

Spring wardrobe capsule teacher outfit ideas
Spring wardrobe capsule teacher outfit ideas
Spring wardrobe capsule teacher outfit ideas
Spring wardrobe capsule teacher outfit ideas
Spring wardrobe capsule teacher outfit ideas

Tip 3: Accessorize!

Accessories are where you can add pops of color or fun trends without breaking the bank. Right now I’m loving leopard belts and tortoise accessories, snakeprint shoes and accessories, and small (think bandana-sized) scarves tied around the neck or in a pony tail. Yellow and coral are great colors to “pop,” and red is a perennial favorite for this. A bright colored bag or shoe can add that finishing touch and an element of fun. I showed mostly boots above, but if you know it’s going to be warmer, a sandal would make any of these looks feel more like spring. The yellow kicks I’m wearing below add a more casual feel to this plain blouse-and-white-jeans look (swap out the kicks for a bright red or caramel-colored sandal for a dressier look).

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I found either exact matches or great dupes for everything you see in these photos. At post time, all items were under $100 — most WAY under $100.





What are some ways you transition your wardrobe between seasons?

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Perk Up Your Decor on a Budget with Thrifted Finds

Everyday Teacher Style Thrift Store Blog Hop

Perk Up Your Decor on a Budget with Thrifted Finds

We’re in that long stretch between the winter holidays and spring when it’s easy for the blahs to set in. One fun way to mix things up a little is to bring home something unique from your favorite local thrift store. It’s always a treasure hunt: you never know what you’re going to find, do you? In fact, some of the decor items in my home that spark the most joy (see what I did there, Marie K?) are thrifted finds.

Today I’ve joined forces with a 6 of my favorite blogger besties to bring you our favorite thrift store finds. If you’re visiting from Live Laugh Rowe, The Dark Plum, Everyday Mrs, Sugar Spice and Style That’s Nice, or Curlybirdie Chirps, I’m so glad you’re here! Grab a cup of coffee and let’s take a stroll around my house. I’ll show you some of the cool pieces I’ve found at thrift stores, and then you can hop on over to the other ladies’ blogs for even more great thrifted finds.

Mid-Century Marvelous

This. Chair. Can you believe I picked this Danish beauty up for $15 at a second-hand store? It was one of those thrift stores that looks like it could be featured on an episode of Hoarders: full of sketchy-looking clothes, dirty toys, mountains of ugly dishes and tupperware, and threadbare apartment furniture. You know, the kind where you feel kind of dusty and musty walking out.

Danish Rope Chair Everyday Teacher Style

I aim for a beachy-casual midcentury vibe at home, and this chair was begging to be a part of it.

Everyday Teacher Style Danish Rope Chair

It’s seen better days, to be sure: but that’s part of the adventure with thrifted finds. All I need to do is Google “Danish cord weaving” or “Danish rope chair repair” and I’ll have oodles of videos to show me how to re-weave this baby.

Danish Rope Chair Seat

But for now, I just toss a sheepskin over the seat and call it a day if we have guests. I can’t wait to get this beauty restored to its former glory.

Danish Rope Lounge Chair Midcentury Vibes

Happy Chippendale Dance

This bamboo-detail Chippendale style chair came from one of our local Goodwill stores. The woodwork was what caught my eye…definitely not the current upholstery and paint. I handed over a whopping $10 and she was mine.

Chinese Chippendale Style Chair Thrifted Chinoiserie Upholstery Makeover Thrifted Chair

I painted the woodwork gold and reupholstered it in navy chinoiserie fabric (no small task for a beginner like me). You can read all about this transformation here. Yeah, it doesn’t really fit with the beachy-casual Midcentury vibe I have going in the rest of the house, but it still makes me smile when I look at it. That’s what really counts, I think.

Knick Knack, Alla That

Aside from these two incredible chair finds, my typical score at a thrift store is cute, quirky home decor items. Here are a few of my favorites.

Hammered Silver Mug With Flowers Thrifted Find

This cute $1.00 mug still had an old Walmart sticker stuck to the bottom. A little Goo Gone and a some elbow grease and you’d never know that’s where it hailed from. I don’t drink out of it, but I sure love how it looks with some blooms in it.

Brass Urn Thrifted Find

Okay, technically this brass urn wasn’t from a thrift STORE. My 9-year-old son came home with it after riding his bike around the neighborhood on the townwide garage sale day. He usually comes home with Nerf guns, but he knows I like brass home dec items so he snagged this for me on his rounds. Nice job, buddy!

Elephant Tea Pot China Thrifted Find

I got this at a local thrift store run by a church, but I know exactly where it came from. They used to sell these at Target awhile back. I loved them when I saw them in the store, but never pulled the trigger. Fine by me, because years later I paid $3 instead of $30 for it. You can still buy these new for around $12, but I like to think one you found is much more special.

Ikea Expedit Bookshelves with Thrifted Finds, Antiques, and New Items

As you can tell from these square Ikea bookshelves behind my desk in my home office, I don’t overthink my decor. I love mixing thrift store finds in along with antiques and new items. Look for unique shapes, colors, materials, or just whatever catches your eye. And, hey, the beauty of thrifted finds is you weren’t out too much in the first place, so if they aren’t keepers, it’s okay to donate them back later on when you want to switch things up.

Time to Get Hopping!

You’re in luck, because the other ladies you’re about to visit are far more talented than I at, well, just about everything. Get ready for some thrift store inspiration!

7 Bloggers Share their Thrift Store Finds, Tips and More!

The Dark Plum 9 thrift store shopping tips featuring thrifted outfits from all 4 seasons.

Everyday Mrs Boho Home Finds and High-End Designer Wear.

Sugar, Spice and Style Thats Nice Bar Cart Styling and Colorful Kitchen Vintage Finds.

Live Laugh Rowe Boho Baskets and Beautiful Vintage Vase via Live Laugh Rowe

The Glamour Pursuit Thrifted Workout Outfits

Curlybyrdie Chirps Revamping My Spring Style on a Budget

Everyday Teacher Style Perk Up Your Home Decor on a Budget with Thrifted Finds

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Teacher Outfit Ideas for Winter-Spring

Teacher Outfit Ideas for late winter and early spring

Let’s face it, classrooms are usually not the most efficiently heated and cooled places. Once we hit that February through April phase of the school year, you never really know when you leave in the morning if you’ll be freezing or sweltering at any given point in the day. The solution to this problem? LAYERS! Today I’m sharing a few teacher outfit ideas that involve layers you can add or remove to keep you comfy–and classy–all day long in the winter-to-spring transition.

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Winter-Into-Spring Teacher Outfit Ideas

Navy striped long sweater with boots casual teacher outfit
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Plaid blazer with silk bandana teacher outfit idea
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Long cardigan with striped tee teacher outfit idea
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Long striped cardigan with yellow sneakers casual teacher outfit idea
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When in doubt, layer!

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