A few weeks ago, I was a “roving teacher” and today I was a “resource specialist.” I’ll be honest, I accepted the job thinking this was a librarian. I was stoked to spend the day with hundreds of books. After accepting, I thought to Google the term and discovered that it is a teacher in special education. I was okay with that, too. I was looking forward to working with individual and small groups of students for the day. When I got to the elementary school, I found out that the job was filling in for the Physical Education/Computers teacher. Thank goodness there was no P.E. in the day’s schedule because I certainly wasn’t dressed appropriately. Every day is full of surprises as a substitute teacher!
Dress, Gap. Shirt, Forever 21. Belt, Hadley Pollet (consignment). Booties, Vionic.
I think I’ve finally figured out my get-out-the-door routine when I work as a substitute teacher. Unfortunately, it includes prepping my lunch and bags the night before and then getting up no later than 4:15 a.m. to run the dogs, get myself ready, and drive to the school. I was spoiled with my last job’s schedule. I’d begin with 2 to 3 hours of work from my home office each morning and that made the day’s start so much calmer.
Jacket, BCBG Max Azria (consignment). Dress (worn as a blouse), Parker (consignment). Skirt, thrifted, shortened, and embellished. Boots, Fergie. Earrings, flea market. Bag, Clark’s.
I’m also figuring out appropriate dress for working in schools. I’ve got to be more modest in my choices than when I was in beauty sales. I must choose very comfortable shoes for elementary school because I’m expected to walk the children everywhere. I can be a bit more frivolous in my shoe choices when I work in high schools. At first, I was terrified to wear my silk items, thinking that they’d get dirty, but I haven’t had to mediate a food or paint fight, yet.
I wear way less makeup to teach than I did to sell. I don’t have the time for a 30-minute face and my beauty salon look is a bit overdone for schools. One morning, I had a bit of extra time, due to a late start, and did a full-on smokey eye, only to feel like a clown once I got to the elementary school. I may have scared a few children.
These are the capsule items:
Blazer (James Jeans)
Dress (Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique)
Blouses – 2 (BCBG Max Azria and INC)
Pants (Banana Republic)
Cutoffs (Free People)
Leggings – 2 (Mossimo and Amour)
Sweatshirt (Fifth Sun)
Pumps (Nine West)
Wrap (Coldwater Creek)
Beanie (Who What Wear for Target)
Bag (A+ designed by Aldo)
Earrings – 2 (self-made and gift)
Belts – 2 (both thrifted).
The only item I wore, but didn’t photograph or list, is a down vest. I really needed it when it snowed on Tuesday!
Here’s how the capsule played out:
Capsule evaluation: I was happy with the workwear options in this capsule. I was a little underdressed for the weather, but, thankfully, did not have to spend much time outside. I was very glad I brought the scarf, hat, and wrap. They were lifesavers in the unexpectedly cold weather and the expectedly cold plane and conference room. I wish I had brought another casual bottoms option (jeans or yoga pants) and my moccasins for bumming around the hotel. The color palette worked very well: black, navy, brown, gray, olive, and red (with a dash or purple).
When I have the room in my luggage, I like to bring this purple wrap for the inevitable cold conference room. It keeps me warm in queenly style.
Wrap, Coldwater Creek. Dress, Suzi Chin for Maggie Boutique (consignment and altered). Shirt, INC (thrifted). Belt, thrifted. Shoes, Ferragamo (thrifted). Earrings, self-made.
I know leopard and red is so cliche that it’s less classy and more cheesy, but I’m all about that cheese. (Except eating cheese. I try not to eat much of that.)
Jacket, James Jeans. Shirt, INC (thrifted). Pants, Banana Republic. Shoes, Nine West. Necklace, Sassafras. Bag, A+ designed by Aldo.
On the day I wear a thin cotton dress, no tights, and stilettos, it snows. Thankfully, it didn’t stick and I had to spend only seconds outside. I had forgotten how unpredictable March in the midwest can be.
Jacket, James Jeans. Dress, Suzi Chin for Maggie Boutique (consignment and altered). Shoes, Nine West. Bag, A+ designed by Aldo. Belt, The Limited (thrifted).
This is my version of a pantsuit: skinny, cropped, black trousers and a navy blazer trimmed in black leather.
Jacket, James Jeans. Blouse, BCBG Max Azria. Pants, Banana Republic. Boots, Vionic. Earrings, gift. Belt, The Limited (thrifted).
My favorite part of the outfit is the socks, though. I snagged a picture with my iphone:
I flew to Seattle. It was gray. I flew to Kansas City. It was gray. Maybe I brought the gray with me. (Although I suspect it was blue in Sacramento. I don’t know because it was black when I left.)
Hat, Who What Wear for Target. Jacket, James Jeans. Sweatshirt, Fifth Sun. Shorts, Free People (thrifted). Leggings, Mossimo. Boots, Vionic. Bag, A+ designed by Aldo.