I am back once more with Maggy London to give you some insight about dressing for your teaching style and grade level! These Maggy London dresses are becoming my go to for my back to school style. As a 3rd and 4th grade teacher I think about three main aspects of teaching style: comfort, appropriateness and personal style.
As a 3rd and 4th grade teacher the first aspect that comes to mind when I think about dressing is COMFORT! There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable at school when you are sitting on the floor, outside at recess and walking around the classroom. When it comes to comfort a dress needs to have a comfortable fabric, be an appropriate length (that doesn't make you feel self conscious) and be lightweight enough to be able to add a jacket or be perfect for when it is warmer (my building's temperature is like a roller coaster so this is important to me)!
This first dress, the London Times Dakota Shift dress, is the definition of comfort. This dress honestly feels like you are wearing a sweatshirt....so extremely comfortable! It has everything I need for comfort: a comfortable fabric, an appropriate length and a lightweight feel so I can throw on a light jacket or cardigan if necessary! Side note...how cute is the detail on the neckline! It makes it such an easy dress to wear without having to pick out a necklace!
|London Times Dakota Shift Dress|
The next aspect I consider is appropriateness. All clothing has to be appropriate for your school and grade level. I feel that at any grade level appropriateness means: higher neckline, appropriate length, and thicker strapped tank top style or short/long sleeves.
Appropriateness at the elementary level also has to do with appropriateness for what you are teaching throughout the day. If I planned a science lesson outside classifying leaves, a dress is probably not going to be in the wardrobe for the day. If I am meeting with parents or have an IEP meeting, jeans is not the style to go with. There are appropriate times to wear certain styles and certain types of clothing!
The Justine Drop Waist Sheath dress is definitely appropriate for my role as a 3rd and 4th grade teacher. It has an appropriate length -just at the knees which allows me to be free in movement throughout the day - has a high neckline and has a short sleeve. (Not only does this dress fit in this category, but it is another extremely comfortable dress...and I think you would agree with me that the it is SO pretty!)
|Justine Drop Waist Sheath Dress|
And finally, I think about style! Is it cute? Does it fit my body type? Does it look good on me? Am I confident in it? These are all questions I ask myself when deciding on the style of a dress, especially when dressing for school. As a teacher, I know I need to not only BE confident in myself, but let students SEE I am confident in myself so they can learn the best from me. Dressing stylish and dressing to my style allows me to feel confident in myself everyday! Who doesn't feel confident when they are wearing a fabulous new dress or outfit?
|Leah Sheath Dress|
This last dress, is my favorite dress from Maggy London so far. The Leah Sheath dress is gorgeous! It is totally my style with the fitted body, high neck and the beautiful lace detail on the bottom! I wore this dress last week when meeting half of my families...and I can tell you that I felt SO confident in this dress! Again, not only was this dress TOTALLY my style but it was comfortable and definitely appropriate for my back to school assessments!
|Can we stop and appreciate this GORGEOUS lace detail on the bottom?!|
Not everyone's style is the same, that's why it is important to find out what style YOU like best and what fits YOUR personal style! What are you most comfortable in and what do you feel like fits you the best? These are both important questions to ask yourself when going back to school shopping and dressing for back to school time.
If you want to think more about your personal teaching style, take this Style Quiz on Maggy London's website! My results were that I was "Creative and Fun" and a teacher who always has a joke up my sleeve along with a kind comment for every student! I would say this short little pop quiz knows me pretty well! ;)
Don't forget to sign up a teacher for the amazing Teacher Giveaway from Maggy London and do a little online shopping on the Maggy London website! It has been SO much fun sharing these amazing styles with you! Thanks for humoring me and allowing me to become a fashion blogger for a few weeks ;)!