August 16, 2017 - Back to School Back to Pretty, Easy Outfits, I Feel Pretty, Style

Real Teachers Back to School Outfits and Must Haves + Giveaway!

It’s back to school month which means if you’re a teacher, it’s time to get your closet sorted and ready for work. Lucky for me, I’ve got two of the most stylish teachers I know that are regular participants in the GYPO Style Challenge and who I’m blessed to also count as friends – Gabriella and Natalie.  Today they’re sharing their favorite back to school looks and must have’s to get your closet ready for when school’s back in session. Even if you’re not a teacher, I know you’re going to love their style!

First up is Gabriella. Gabriella will be beginning her 25th year of teaching this September and has been a primary teacher in both English and French. She’s been married to her husband Thierry for 24 years and mom to Matthieu who just completed his first year of university in sciences. Originally from Ontario, Canada, she moved to British Columbia when she was 14 and loves to travel with her family.

Gabi says “I notice that I get the most compliments when I’m doing the Style Challenge (of course) or when I follow the rule of four. I feel most put-together yet comfy in skirts or colored jeans with a solid or patterned top and a layer like a cardigan, vest or jacket (bomber/jean/military) and a necklace. Otherwise, when I’m in a rush to get ready, I grab a solid dress (sheaths are a breeze) and add a topper. Easy peasy in a pinch and a rush!”

Tip:  Pin this post for some back to school inspiration!

Gabriella’s Teacher Outfit Formulas

Denim Jacket + Tee + Printed Skirt + Long Necklace

Denim Jacket + Sheath Dress + Colorful Necklace

Cardigan + Printed Top + Pencil Skirt +Lace Up Sandals

Striped Top + Short Sleeved Sweater + Jeans + Riding Boots

Striped Top + Utility Vest + Colored Denim + Printed Flats

Denim Dress + Utility Jacket + Riding Boots

Denim Jacket + Gray Tee + Red Skirt + Lace Up Sandals

Follow Gabi’s stylish teaching adventures on Instagram.

Meet Natalie!  Natalie has been teaching at the same school in downtown Toronto for 16 years. She met her husband David (who is also a teacher) at the school they teach at. She currently teaches grade 4 and has taught all grades from junior kindergarten to grade 6.  She’s been married for 11 years and they love to travel and have taken time off from teaching to travel the world two times! They do not have children of their own but are lucky to have so many wonderful children in their lives.

Natalie says “I like to have things that all mix and match and are very simple to wear. My husband calls it comfortable elegance (sweet man). Teachers need to be able to walk, talk, interact and always look professional. I love that my students notice too – I had one sweet boy in my class last year that complimented me every single day about something different – thinking about his kind heart makes my heart swell!”

Natalie’s Back to School Must Haves

1. A large tote! Here is my go-to. I have it in cognac.

[Reversible Cognac Tote]

2. Sheath Dresses – a simple dress. They can be patterned or neutral and they are easy to throw on and I truly think they look lovely on everyone. I always wear mine with a neutral cardigan. I love these ones by Leith and I have it in grey, olive and black:

[Leith Tank Dress]

3. Neutral, thin cardigans – I have them in almost every colour – but my go-to is a light linen colour.

[Long Linen Blend Cardigan]

4. Dark wash skinny jeans or slacks – I can wear jeans to school but if I do they are always dark wash. These are my go to jeans:

[Modern Skinny Jeans]

Here is a classic slack that I also love:

[Straight Leg Pants]

5. Blouses – simple and classic. I have lots of colours and love the simplicity of a classic blouse with skinny jeans or slacks. Here is the Portofino from Express:

[Portofino Shirt]

6. Simple tanks – patterned or neutral with wide shoulders to wear under cardigans or alone if my classroom gets hot! Something like this:

[Sanctuary Linen Knit Tank]

7. Crewneck thin sweater – to be worn with slacks or dark jeans.

[J. Crew Crewneck Merino Sweater]

8. Flats! I love my Sam Edleman – but Dexflex from Payless is another less expensive option. Here are my favourite (cognac colour) and they go with everything!

[Sam Edelman Felicia Ballet Flats]

9. A simple wedge heel – I need to be able to walk and to be comfortable (therefore not too high) and also stylish:

10. Jewelry – I tend to keep these fairly simple because of the dreaded lanyard that all teachers have to wear!!) But I do like to make a bit of a statement with my earrings. And my students LOVE this! They notice everything and comment everyday on jewelry they love!

[Kendra Scott “Elle” Drop Earrings]

Back to School Giveaway

One lucky lady is going to win a $300 Loft gift card to get her back to school wardrobe ready + a prize pack of planners from one of my favorite brands Carrie Elle including a Grade and Record Book, a Lesson Planner and a Password Book (you get to choose the covers for each!)

Choose one (or all) of the easy ways to enter below!

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Getting my pretty on with Jo Lynne ShaneA Little Bit of Everything, and Style Elixir.

I Feel Pretty Link Up

It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell me what made you feel pretty this week in the comments.

There are just a few simple rules:

1. Follow GYPO. (Bloglovin‘, FacebookInstagram or Pinterest)
2. Link up your pretty post.
3. Link back to GYPO.
4. Visit other pretties.That’s it, now go have some fun!

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  • Susan Jeffries

    These ladies are so stylish! While I am not a teacher at this time in my life, their style is so similar to mine. Thanks for the great outfit ideas! My daughter and I are obsessed with planners! Thanks for the introduction to this company! I hope you and your family are well! Susan

    • Natalie Norris

      Thank you Susan! I love planners too!

    • Gabi Louisa

      Thank you kindly Susan! So sweet!

  • This is a great post filled with great outfit ideas! I can’t believe it is school season all ready! Peace!

    • Natalie Norris

      Thank you Cheryl!

    • Gabi Louisa

      Thanks Cheryl! Summer always flies by!

  • Tammy Biron Small

    Great post! Love both Natalie’s and Gabi’s style! Perfect tips for this teacher who is getting ready for the new school year!

    • Natalie Norris

      Thank you so much Tammy!

    • Gabi Louisa

      Wishing you a great school year ahead, thanks Tammy!

  • DeLyndia

    Two beautiful ladies with great style!!

    I feel silly, but I can’t find the pinned post to share on Facebook!!

    • Natalie Norris

      You are sweet for saying this!

    • Gabi Louisa

      You’re so kind, thank you DeLyndia!

  • Stephanie

    Thanks for this post. As a college instructor, I can also use this advice in putting together my outfits. I like that you showed a lot of variety.

    • Natalie Norris


  • Laura

    I love all this back to school inspiration! I go back in 2 weeks and I am already planning out some outfits!

    • Natalie Norris

      Where do you teach? Two weeks and I will be back getting my classroom ready and then we start after Labour Day 🙂

      • Laura

        I work in a school just outside of Milwaukee, WI. We start on the 28 and students are back on 9/1. Enjoy your last few weeks of summer!

        • Natalie Norris

          You too! Have a great school year! I have never been to Milwaukee but my husband loved it when he went!

    • Gabi Louisa

      Thank you Laura! Best wishes on your upcoming school year!

  • Aw, loved seeing those beautiful Canucks!

    • Natalie Norris

      Thank you 🙂

  • jess

    Great post Allison. I taught both in the Music and the Elementary classrooms and it is always helpful to have clothes to mix and match and certainly move in! Great examples and I love the pale pink cardi and print on the first ex and the need a few more pairs of the Kendra Scott earrings for Fall.
    Have a great week!
    jess xx

    • Natalie Norris

      Thank you Jess! Don’t you love the KS earrings?!!!

    • Gabi Louisa

      Thanks Jess! I agree, comfort is a must!

  • Taryn Stevenson

    Well done, Girls! Loved seeing two of my favourite Pretties as guests 🙂

    • Natalie Norris

      Ahhh thank you Taryn!!

    • Gabi Louisa

      Hi Taryn!! Thanks bunches!

  • Shari Black

    Although I’m not a teacher, I just love the post. Thanks. The ladies look great and i got lots of great ideas. Quick question – What is the Rule of Four?

    • Natalie Norris

      Thank you Shari! I think Gabi will have to help answer your question about the Rule of 4 🙂

    • Gabi Louisa

      Thank you very much Shari! It’s a four piece combo that includes top, bottom, layering piece like a vest and a finishing piece like jewelry.

  • Andrea

    I love this post and the ideas shared – thank you! I’m now even more excited for school to start! 🙂 I also am curious what the Rule of Four is?

    • Natalie Norris

      Thank you Andrea! I think Gabi will have to answer your question!

    • Gabi Louisa

      Thanks so much Andrea!! It’s a four piece combo that includes top, bottom, layering piece like a vest and a finishing piece like jewelry.

  • Bethany @ CuteCapsuleLife

    That lavender sweater is SO pretty!

    • Natalie Norris

      I know right? I need this colour!! 🙂

  • Midwestern Melissa

    Great inspiration outfits!

    • Natalie Norris

      Thank you Melissa!

    • Gabi Louisa

      Thanks kindly Melissa!

  • This teacher loves these teacher looks! Have a great and fashionable year!

    • Natalie Norris

      Thank you Allie! Happy teaching 🙂

    • Gabi Louisa

      You too Allie! Thanks so much!

  • I’ve been teaching for over 10 years and I agree with EVERYTHING on Natalie’s Must have list! Awesome!

    More to Mrs. E

    • Natalie Norris

      Ahhh thank you!!! Have a great school year Mrs. E!

  • Karen G

    Love seeing you Ladies! You are both gorgeous inside and out! Have a wonderful school year. Looking forward to seeing more of your lovey outfits XOXO

    • Natalie Norris

      So sweet! Thank you Karen!

    • Gabi Louisa

      Thanks sweet Karen!! 🙂

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party with your post. The leopard print skirt and the denim dress outfit are calling my name. So chic!

    • Gabi Louisa

      Thank you Nicole!

  • Melissa

    These ladies are some stylish teacher!! Those are all great must have to complete their wardrobe for the school year. Loving that red skirt and dress with sneakers look!


    • Natalie Norris

      Ahhh thank you Melissa!

    • Gabi Louisa

      Thank you kindly Melissa!