Normally I love doing the GYPO back to school post and creating fun looks for our wonderful teachers, but with so much uncertainty, there are a lot of unknowns as to what back to school is even going to look like this year. Whether you’re a student, a teacher, a parent, or an administrator, we’re all going to have to adjust to this new and God willing, only temporary, way of life. Some teachers will be face to face with their students while others will be teaching remotely – perhaps it will be a combination of the two. Either way, I wanted to help by putting together some great back to school teacher looks that are perfect for either scenario because let’s face it, you already have enough on your plate this year.
For the below back to school teacher looks, I wanted to put more focus on the top part of the outfit including accessories and of course utilizing closet staples. That way if you find yourself in the remote teaching position, you’ll be all set for any sort of video conference call or lesson recording but you’ll still have a complete outfit should you have to go into the classroom. When it comes to video calls I follow two simple formulas for dressing my top half.
Bright Solid Top + Statement Accessories or Printed Top + Subtle Accessories
Below I’ve picked three different bottoms, most of which may already be in your closet, and paired each of them up with two different top options each following one of the above formulas. For these looks, I was inspired by all the bright colors I was seeing. They made me happy and will hopefully do the same for you and your students. As a bonus, I found some easy one-and-done pieces that will also work whether you’re in the classroom or teaching from your computer. Lastly, I also picked items that could easily be interchanged with each other to create even more looks! Good luck as you begin this new school year, whatever it may hold!
1. Navy Bottoms
For the first group of looks, I styled the different top combinations with a pair of bootcut navy bottoms but they will also work with a pair of dark wash jeans. The coral top in the first look, although a solid color, does have some fun detail in the sleeves. I finished off both looks with a nice pair of neutral flats because when you’re on your feet most of the day, comfort is key!
2. White Bottoms
I know we’re heading into fall but I truly believe white bottoms can be worn all year long, especially with the right accessories. I’m styling a pair of skinny white jeans with some sandals and slip-ons but swap them out for a pair of ankle boots and you’re ready for fall! If white denim is just too risky for your classroom, as in you don’t want them to be the latest finger painting project, you can easily substitute in a pair of light wash jeans if your school permits jeans or you can even opt for a pair of olive bottoms. Just make sure your chambray shirt and denim bottoms are different washes. Also, a pair of white sneakers can easily sub in for the snake print slip-ons.
Chambray Button Down + Gray Tee + White Bottoms + Snake Print Shoes + Statement Necklace + Hoop Earrings
3. Printed Bottoms
If you’ve never tried printed bottoms you should definitely give them a chance. This outfit combination will also give you the opportunity to try some fun pattern mixing! Remember, stripes are neutral when it comes to mixing your patterns. For these looks, I picked two different bright cardigans but one will easily work for both outfits. Plus the yellow sandals from above would easily sub in as well. Want more help with pattern mixing? Click HERE to download my free guide.
Bright Cardigan + Navy Striped Top + Printed Bottoms + Neutral Shoes + Pendant Necklace + Hoop Earrings
Bonus: One and Done
Below are two great one-and-done pieces that will make getting ready even easier in the morning. A one and done piece is a single piece that you can wear like a dress or a jumpsuit, add in a few accessories and then you’re ready to go! In this case, I’m going to style the one-and-done piece with the items from above because I love to show that you don’t need a ton of clothes to have a ton of outfits.