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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dressing for your Teaching Style


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 ;)!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

More Back to Style with Maggy London

I'm so excited to be back to share some more back to school style inspiration from Maggy London! These two dresses today are from their London Times brand. Yet again, these dresses do not disappoint! The first dress, the London Times Ilsa Shift dress, is another extremely comfortable dress that is ideal for teaching.

Can you tell I am into the long sleeve patterned dresses? ;) This pattern is so cute and is another dress that is easy to throw on and go. I don't know about your school, but my school is either freezing or really warm so this dress gives the perfect balance with the quarter sleeves. This is another dress that is the perfect comfort level and length for teaching and will be a staple for me this school year!

London Times Isla Shift Dress

London Times Ilsa Shift Dress

Up next is the London Times Harper Dress. Another comfortable dress but with a completely different feel. This dress flows well,  has another beautiful pattern and a great lace detail on the shoulders. This is a dress that I could see myself wearing any day at school because it is a bit more casual and has a great feel. This is also a dress I could wear into the winter with leggings or tights and a cute pair of booties!

London Times Harper Dress
London Times Harper Dress

I cannot get over these amazing dresses from Maggy London and am so happy to be partnering with them for the back to school season. They are offering an AMAZING Teacher Appreciation giveaway right now that you MUST go check out! They are giving away dresses, a classroom makeover and an ultimate teacher giveaway coupon pack! I know I will be nominating a few amazing teachers that I know! You can find the specific details here.

I will be back next week to share a few more fantastic dresses from Maggy London and share a little bit about dressing for your teaching style! In the meantime, head over to Maggy London's Teacher Shop to see more dresses that are perfect for teachers! Bonus that there is 30% in the Teacher Shop right now! :)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to School Style with Maggy London!

Alright everyone, I am no fashion blogger but I LOVE teaching and one thing I love just about as much as teaching is shopping and fashion! I am teaming up with Maggy London to bring you some amazing dresses for back to school and some that are featured in their Teacher Appreciation Sale! (What teacher doesn't love a good sale?!)

Back to school time for me is all about making those connections with both parents and students, getting to know the new staff, getting ready for a great year and first impressions! What better way to make a first impression than in a Maggy London dress? Don't get me wrong, I am all about teacher tees, leggings, tunics and TOMS but I also think it is important to dress your best for those first impressions and also throughout the year!

I think there is definitely a balance between dressing your best at school and dressing down. You just have to find the right mix for you and your school. I am bringing you some dresses that will become staples for me throughout the school year! I always need some great dresses for Meet the Teacher, conferences, Back to School nights, school music concerts, and other events that go on at school. The first week of school, I always dress my best and bring out these staple dresses!

The Helen Midi Dress
I am all about comfort and these Maggy London dresses don't disappoint! This first one, The Helen Midi, has the most AMAZINGLY comfortable fabric and is the perfect length!  I feel like I could run around at recess in this dress and I would be just fine. ;) The length is also perfect for me - that midi length is SO in right now. The dress has so much beautiful pattern going on that it is so easy to complement with a cute pair of shoes and matching bag. Such a quick and easy outfit! :)

I don't know about you, but I would rather sit on the floor to help my students than on a chair. (weird, I know right?) I like to be at their level and this dress is one where I can sit on the floor and not worry about it being too short. Definite bonus for me - and all you other crazy teachers out there who prefer sitting on the floor!

I'm planning on wearing this dress this week for my back to school assessments! We have two days of assessments with our students before the school year. We get to meet the students and parents individually and assess each student's reading. It is SO great to not have to do this during the school year and be ready to teach reading on the first day!

Fun Photo Booth we are having for students at assessments this week!
Idea from Teach Create Motivate's blog.


Alright, this second Maggy London dress, The June A-Line is so cute! It fits SO perfectly, is extremely comfortable and is completely appropriate for school! The material is comfortable and thick so it will be a perfect dress for fall! Throw on some cute black flats, a few bangles and a necklace and you are ready to go!

The June A-Line Dress

The best thing about Maggy London right now is their Teacher Appreciation sale! You can find both of these dresses and SO many more perfect dresses for back to school here.

Later this week I will be showing off some London Times dresses also featured in the Teacher Appreciation Sale! Happy shopping! :)