K: Well, I’m three days into the 2017-2018 school year! Besides being overwhelmed at trying to memorize 167 names, we’re off to a great start and I loved getting to share a little more of my heart for teaching with you guys in Monday’s post. Today, I thought I would address an issue that probably affects most working women and maybe even a few college students: how to look professional with a “casual Friday” dress code. For me, casual Friday means that teachers get to wear jeans and a school shirt. When I did this on the first Friday of my very first year teaching, I instantly knew I’d made a mistake. “Honey, what class are you supposed to be in?” I was asked this question (or a variation of it) throughout the day as I made my way through the halls in my t-shirt. Quickly realizing that I looked like a student in this outfit, I came to the conclusion that casual Friday should mean something different for me.
Now that I’ve learned that lesson, I’ve come up with a few key ways to distinguish myself as a teacher so that there isn’t any confusion. I still wear jeans, but I opt for a dark wash, as they seem more professional. A tailored blouse or button down is the perfect solution to looking polished and this top that I’m wearing from Loft is so soft and feels even better than a t-shirt. Paired with booties and some fun jewelry, and this look comes across as casual, yet still manages to separate me as a professional.
K: Just have to give a little shoutout to my sister-in-law who makes the most amazing jewelry, tote bags, and other accessories. Her shop is Colores Collective and everything is handmade, brightly colored, and fun. I’m obsessing over the Miguel Bird Earrings and this unique sequin tote. The coolest part about her shop is that everything is one-of-a-kind; so if you order a pair of earrings like these, she makes each pair a little different, ensuring that yours are unique to you.
K: What about you guys? I’d love to know if your office partakes in casual Fridays, or maybe every workday looks like this for you?! How do you manage to still dress professionally with a lax dress code?