You may have seen the #whatiwouldwear trend on TikTok…and as teachers, we instantly know that none of those outfits are classroom appropriate. If you struggle to find cute outfits to wear while teaching, look no further!
Depending on where (and who) you teach, dress code requirements might be more or less formal. Closed-toe shoes, no low-cut tops, and no sweats are fairly standard dress code requirements, as they make teaching more comfortable on your feet! If your school doesn’t allow jeans, you can easily swap them out for a cute pair of trousers (very on-trend). Comfortable, cute shoes are also key to teacher fashion. Sneakers and flats tend to be more common, so branch out and invest in a pair of mules or boots for the fall!
Whether your clothing formula feels outdated or you struggle to find cute pieces of clothing for school, accessories are a great way to add variety to your wardrobe. Dainty gold jewelry works with any outfit and will help you feel more put together for your week!
Need a few more ideas on what to wear in the classroom this fall? Here are 25 cute (and appropriate) outfit ideas for teachers!
1. Maxi Dress
A great length for the classroom, maxi dresses keep you covered and comfortable for the school day! Pick one out in a soft orange or brown for a sweet autumn look!
2. Sweet Layers
A great way to combat changing classroom temperatures is to wear light layers. Light-weight cardigans are a great piece to layer over a summery outfit for fall coziness.
3. Midi Skirts
While mini skirts should be reserved for date nights and weekends, the midi skirt is the perfect length for the classroom! It can be worn with a tee or a sweater, and just about any pair of shoes.
Perfect for high school teachers who want to look chic and on-trend, neutrals are great investment pieces and can be worn together, just like a capsule wardrobe.
While the skinny leg pixie pant definitely has its place in the classroom, a different pant silhouette can help you get out of a school fashion rut. Try a wide-leg trouser in black, tan, or gray, and see how many outfits you can create.
6. Leather Pants
Straight-leg leather pants are a great choice for the classroom, like an elevated pair of leggings. These pair well with soft, patterned sweaters, and would also look great with an oversized fit!
7. Bright Colors
While we love a good neutral for the fall, no one said you couldn’t wear color in the classroom! Bright tops with basic denim are a great look.
Meet your fall classroom bestie: the shacket. The perfect fall essential for the weekdays and the weekends, the shacket is the ideal layer for the classroom. They come in a variety of fabrics, colors, and lengths, and there’s one for every teacher’s budget!
9. School Spirit
Yes, teachers should have school spirit! Elementary school kids love seeing their teacher in the school logo, and high school students feel supported by a decked-out teacher on game day.
10. Blazers and Denim
Blazers are an easy and professional way to stay warm during the colder months! Layered over a cable knit sweater, this look is great for high school teachers or even college professors.
11. Button-Down Shirt
The button down has become a year round staple, and darker hues are perfect for the fall! Black, olive, burgundy, rust – layer a button-down shirt in any color over a basic tee or tank for an instantly classroom-appropriate look! Full coverage, long in the back, and there are tons of ways to style it.
12. Wide-Leg Pants
Another easy way to stretch the tops you have is to pair them with different pant shapes. Wide-leg pants are comfortable and cute, and look great with sneakers or boots!
13. Printed Pants
Patterned dress pants are another great way to add variety to your school style. Keep the pattern on the bottom, and add a solid color shirt or sweater for an easy look when you are running late!
14. Beige Trousers
Perfect for public and private schools alike, the beige trouser is professional and sophisticated, but still approachable for students. You can add a more casual top like a t-shirt or sweater to tone down the “office” vibes, but they look just as good with a white button-down and mules.
15. Flare Pants and Oversized Sweaters
Another great fall look is a cute pair of patterned flare pants and an oversized sweater. Covered and cozy, this is a great look on a rainy school day!
Another fun (and full coverage) look is overalls! These are definitely on-trend and fun for the classroom, especially if you teach elementary school.
Black on black is sophisticated, and perfect for teaching older kids. Try a wide-leg black trouser and a black tee, and break up the color with a gold belt and accessories! Another easy outfit to grab after a long night of grading papers!
Yes, you can wear a bodysuit in the classroom. Long-sleeve bodysuits keep you covered, and help avoid your shirt riding up when you’re working with students. Jeans and loafers make a great outfit for the colder seasons!
19. Gray and Black
For an understated and professional teacher look, pair a gray ribbed sweater with a pair of wide-leg black trousers. Sneakers keep the cool girl vibe alive, but you could add mules or boots if necessary. This look is so cute!
20. Jean Jacket
Simply throw a jean jacket (we love an oversized fit!) over a sleeveless dress or top for an instant classroom look. Another way to style it is to layer it over a monochrome look!
Corduroy is another great fall classic, which also makes a great teacher look! Pair with denim and boots for a cute fall outfit, or add sneakers for an outdoorsy fit, perfect for school field trips.
If librarian fashion is your teacher vibe (me too!), cardigans are a closet staple. We love how easy they are to layer and how cozy they are in the classroom. If you need to refresh your cardigan supply, look for a cable knit cardigan, a rust color for fall, and an oversized one!
23. Oversized Shirt
Oversized tops are chic and classroom appropriate. If you want your students to notice a good outfit day, try this combination of dark wash denim and an oversized satin top.
24. Turtleneck Sweaters
Perfect for teaching literally anything, turtleneck sweaters should be a staple in your wardrobe. They look great with jeans, trousers, and midi skirts!
25. Long-Sleeve Blouses
Another way to maintain your feminine fashion in the classroom is with a pretty blouse. Puff sleeves, lace, and ruffles – as long as the shirt isn’t cropped, it probably has a place in your teacher wardrobe!
Inspire young minds in outfits you feel inspired by! How are you dressing in the classroom this fall?
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