When we think about back-to-school clothes, students of all ages usually come to mind, not the teachers. So for stylish teachers returning to school this year, try the latest fashion trends to feel chic and pretty, not frumpy and boring. Luckily for trend-setting teachers, fall 2012 has the perfect trends to be conservatively fabulous — ideal for educating students during the day and enjoying friends at night.
Black and white suiting
Suits in either all black or all white are a must-have this fall. Teachers can feel sexy yet classy in a slim cut suit to show off their shape without revealing too much. Try a blazer like the Studio Stretch Ruched Sleeve Jacket ($108, express.com), which adds some flair to a basic blazer. Pair these with a pair of Studio Stretch Wide Waistband Editor Pants ($70, express.com) which have a low rise waistband and flared leg to make your legs look long and lean. At work, add a pair of stacked heel or platform pumps, like the G by Guess Verna Pump ($45, dsw.com) which give you stability and flair at the same time (especially if you will be on your feet all day) . You’ll feel like a fashionista from calculus to cocktails.
Bohemian prints were seen all over the runways this season. If your class is studying Shakespeare, try a long sleeve maxi dress in a bohemian print, such as this Eliza J Long Sleeve Maxi ($81, zappos.com). As you recite the pages of the famous scribe’s plays, you will inspire your students during class and inspire your very own Romeo at happy hour.
Full, comfortable sweaters in a range of prints and silhouettes from slim to oversize are all the rage this fall. These should be your choice for a crisp, cold fall day. Try one like 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Ka-Pow Sweater ($425, shopbop.com). Pair them with skinny jeans like these Rag & Bone The Dre Jean ($220, shopbop.com) and comfy wedge booties like the Rory Ankle Boot ($80, bakersshoes.com). Whether you are teaching math or science, you will surely be the center of your class’s attention.
While your students might make you see red when they don’t listen to you, you can make them see red when you wear fall’s hottest power color. Try it in a flattering wrap dress, like this Red Mosaic Wrap Dress by DVF ($120, neimanmarcus.com). Paired with tall boots with a pointy toe and low heels like this pair from David Tate ($69, zappos.com) you will command attention at class and at cocktails.
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Whether it’s Moroccan, African or Southwestern-inspired, the tribal trend has taken over many of the prints that we see in fashion this spring and summer — which is why it’s our pick as favorite trend of the week!