Simple Teacher Outfit Ideas

Simple easy teacher outfit ideas 2019

Teacher outfits matter. Okay, the most important things are focusing on your students, being prepared, and maintaining a positive, encouraging classroom environment. But once you’ve checked those things off (so simple, right? LOL), you’re also going to have to figure out what to wear.

Characteristics of Great Teacher Outfits

Let’s get all teacher-geeky for a minute and break down the characteristics of a good teacher outfit:

  • Professional — Although most teachers are not required to go full-on corporate formal, it should be clear that you are a teacher, not a student.
  • Comfortable — Let’s face it, teachers have to be able to move. We hustle around the building, up and down flights of stairs, move things around the classroom, and in the case of elementary or primary teachers, need to be able to get up and down from the floor and go out on the playground. And if you’re an arm-talker like me, you have to be able to move your arms around freely to talk. πŸ˜€
  • Stylish — Some may not agree with me on this, but I personally believe it’s important to dress in a way that shows you are somewhat current with the times and relatable to your audience. Depending on your school rules and environment, you may have a lot of latitude or very little in this area. At a minimum you can add style with simple accessories and shoes.
  • Affordable — You know, teacher budget friendly. ‘Nuf said.
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Year-Round Staples

If you’re just starting out, build your teacher wardrobe around classic basics that you can mix and match. The outfits above were featured in a teacher outfit ideas post from last spring, but most would work in fall or even winter, too. Here are some pieces I rotate in again and again all year long:

  • T-shirts — Start with solid white, black, and gray tees, and gradually add in a few prints (try stripes or leopard) and graphic tees.
  • Black pants — A great pair of black dress pants (try ponte – so comfy!) can be worn again and again, and dressed up or down, with just about anything on top.
  • Top layers — Classrooms can get hot and chilly; have a few layering pieces you can put on or take off. Start with a cardigan, a denim jacket, and a blazer.
  • Skirts — Skirts are great in fall and spring because it’s almost like you’re wearing shorts. Look for a solid color midi skirt and add in a fun printed skirt, either midi or maxi. Skirts can be dressed up with a nice blouse or made casual with a solid or graphic tee.
  • Simple dresses — T-shirt or simple floral dresses are great for layering in spring and fall, and they can also be worn alone. Wear them with tights and cardigans or denim jackets in winter.
  • Comfortable shoes — If you can wear sneakers, DO! If not, opt for other comfortable shoes like flats or sandals with good arch support. Stay away from completely flat, uncushioned shoes, especially if your classroom has unforgiving hard floors. Comfy ankle boots are great year-round!
  • Jeans — Not all teachers are allowed to wear jeans, but if you are, that’s a huge bonus. Opt for non-distressed jeans, and consider white or colored jeans, too. I do wear distressed jeans on Fridays when we’re allowed to dress more casually.
  • Chambray Shirt — These are great for wearing alone with pants, jeans, or skirts. I also love using them as an outerlayer with dresses: buttoned and knotted at the waist, worn as a jacket, or just worn tied around the waist.
  • Accessories — It can be fun to jazz up your look with accessories, but make sure they are comfortable. Bracelets shouldn’t get in your way or make too much noise. Earrings shouldn’t pull down heavily on your ears. You get the idea. I have done all of these things wrong in the past, but have finally learned to avoid those issues.

20 Easy Teacher Outfits

Here are some outfits I’ve worn to teach in the past. All of these reflect the characteristics above and mainly involve very affordable pieces that can be mixed and matched year-round. I’ve linked a few key pieces here, but you can shop all of these teacher outfits and more at the SHOP MY INSTAGRAM page. Just click on the outfit you want to shop once there. Half of the looks are dresses or skirts, and the other half are pants/jeans. For outfit category I’ve listed a few other ways to change the look.

Dresses & Skirts

1. Print midi dress + simple heels

Pleated skirt wrap dress midi teacher outfit
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2. T-Shirt Dress with Knotted Button Down Shirt + Nude Sandal

T-shirt dress button down sandals teacher outfit
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3. Graphic Tee + Print Cardigan + Casual Skirt

Graphic tee leopard cardigan jogger skirt teacher outfit
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4. Tie-Waist Flare Midi Skirt + Sleeveless Top

Tie front button front skirt sleeveless top teacher outfit
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5. Peplum Top with Pencil Skirt

Peplum tee knit pencil skirt teacher outfit
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6. T-Shirt Dress with Utility Jacket

Striped t-shirt dress camo jacket teacher outfit
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7. T-Shirt + Print Maxi Skirt + Denim Jacket

Print maxi skirt white tee denim jacket teacher outfit
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8. T-Shirt Dress + Denim Jacket

Striped t-shirt dress denim jacket sneakers teacher outfit
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9. Graphic Tee + Print Midi Skirt

Leopard midi skirt graphic tee teacher outfit
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10. Graphic Tee + Pencil Skirt + Cardigan

Graphic tee knit pencil skirt long cardigan teacher outfit
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Ways to Change Up Your Dresses and Skirts:

  • Swap sandals for sneakers, flats, or ankle boots
  • Throw on a denim jacket or cardigan
  • Wear a tank or cami underneath and loosen the front wrap, or wear a button-down dress as a duster/jacket
  • Wear a pullover sweater or sweatshirt over the top
  • Wear a knotted button-down shirt over it (see below for example)
  • Top with a kimono, utility jacket, or vest

Pants & Jeans

11. Long Cardigan + Tee + Joggers

Long striped cardigan and joggers teacher outfit
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12. Blazer + Jeans + Tee + Scarf

Blazer, tee, and jeans teacher outfit
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13. Denim Shirt + White Jeans + Rose Gold

Denim chambray shirt, white jeans, birkenstocks teacher outfit
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14. Blazer + Graphic Tee + Jeans

Blazer, graphic tee, jeans teacher outfit
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15. Kimono + Tee + White Jeans

Kimono, tee, white jeans teacher outfit
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16. Graphic Tee + Cardigan + Colored Jeans

Graphic tee, cardigan, colored jeans teacher outfit
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17. Long Cardigan + Print Mix + Fun Boots

Long cardigan print mix snake boots teacher outfit
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18. Peplum Top + Black Jeans + Leopard

Peplum top black pants leopard shoes teacher outfit
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19. Blazer + White Jeans

Striped blazer white jeans teacher outfit
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20. Jumpsuit + Leopard

jumpsuit teacher outfit
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Ways to Change Up Your Pants & Jumpsuits:

  • Shoes, shoes, shoes: a different shoe brings a different look
  • Layer, layer, layer
  • Add a button-down shirt or pullover to a jumpsuit
  • Kimonos and cardigans can be worn open or belted and closed over pants for a different look
  • Experiment with graphic tees and top layers
  • Try a monochromatic look: white on white, all black, or denim on denim

Mix Things Up

When you’re getting bored of your wardrobe, freshen things up by pairing unexpected color combinations and print mixes. Try wearing a fun tee with dress pants and a neck scarf, or add an eye-catching pair of shoes or boots to ordinary jeans and a button down shirt. If it makes you smile, go with it! Above all, head back to school in clothes that make you feel confident, professional, and comfortable. If your outfit ticks those three boxes, you’re golden, teacher girl. Have a great school year!

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