What I Wore: Summer Work Style

We survived our first full week of school! It wasn’t necessarily pretty since all six member of our household are beyond exhausted, but we made it. The kids are all settled into their new classes, the morning routine is getting just slightly more organized, and we have a plan for shuttling around to after school activities. We are in full fall mode, but the weather still says it’s summertime.

I always find it’s hard to dress for the first couple of weeks of school because I don’t invest in many warm weather work clothes. Here’s what I wore to kick of this school year. The temps are still up this coming week, so I may have to get creative and re-style some of these items this week.

First Day with Students (last Thursday)

I always like to dress up on the first day with students, so I chose this wide leg jumpsuit that I got last year from Thred Up. Besides the hassle when using the bathroom, it was comfortable and easy to work in. My feet did get tired, but that’s due to living in Birkenstocks and Rainbows the past 3 months. All of my shoes hurt my feet this week as I got used to straps and heels again. I kept my accessories minimal since jumpsuits make a statement on their own.

Jumpsuit (LOFT via Thred Up) // Shoes (old from Target)


Another day, another jumpsuit (I swear I’m not becoming crazy jumpsuit lady). I do love the easy one-piece outfits that look pulled together without any effort. A could of weeks ago I wore this same jumpsuit with my Birks. but chose my clogs for work to dress it up a bit. My longer necklaces felt too cluttered with the cinched waist and tie so I chose a shorter length, plus I love the light neutral color palette.

After work I changed into my Birkenstocks and took off my jewelry to head to the kids’ school for Back to School night.

Jumpsuit (Sotela) // Shoes (Lotta From Stockholm) // Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton – get 10% off here)


The dress code in our district for teachers is pretty laid back and I can wear jeans any day. I had a hard time finding bottoms I wanted to wear today with this Vetta Wrap Top. My black jeans felt dark for August, so I’m waiting on that combo until we get further into fall. My skinnier jeans felt a little snug and uncomfortable for a hot day, and I didn’t the look of my wide leg crops with the wrap top. With all that trying on, time was running short, so I grabbed my go-to summer jeans and called it good.

I don’t completely love this pairing either, but it was definitely most comfortable and least fussy of everything I tried on. The good news is I got a ton of compliments on the top, so I’m excited to wear it again (maybe with the wrap to the back) and bring this top into fall.

Wrap Top (c/o VETTA) // Jeans (Madewell via Poshmark) // Shoes (old Sam Edelman) // Watch (c/o JORD)


We had three consecutive nights of Back to School night (Monday and Tuesday as a mom and Wednesday as a teacher). I went with an easy, cool dress and added the cardigan and clogs to make it more work appropriate. This was a perfect outfit choice for a long day.

Dress (c/o Everlane) // Cardigan (old, Gap) // Shoes (Lotta From Stockholm) // Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton – get 10% off here)


Getting used to the pace of being a working mom, plus a few long days, had me exhausted by Thursday. Can you see it on my face?! I opted for another one-piece outfit that I always feel good wearing. I didn’t do anything creative with my styling here, but that is OK with me. Having a few easy options in my closet that don’t require much thought or effort is essential for weeks like this.

Dress (Brass Clothing)


I wore this outfit for our first day back as teachers and am already repeating it. I love the stripes and the cut of the sleeves is totally appropriate for school, so I’m wearing it while the weather allows. At first, I had on Rainbow flip flops, but thought I should try to switch things up. I found these leopard sandals I got a few years ago in storage in the basement (I had a whole box I put away when we got the floors done that I never got back out).

In all honesty, I didn’t love it. The shoes aren’t as comfortable and I felt like I was trying too hard with the leopard, stripes, and matching necklace. I think sticking with the flip flops would have been more my style.

Shirt (c/o Tapered Collection) // Jeans (Madewell via Poshmark) // Shoes (old, Muk Luks from Target) //

Necklace (c/o Natalie Borton – get 10% off here)

Are these outfits you could get away with at your job for summer? Do you have a favorite from the week?

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    1. Cute & comfy looks for back to school! I had my striped tapered tank on Friday too, but had to make a quick change because our dress code requires a 2″ minimum shoulder, and this is just shy. My middle schoolers would be all over it ? Although we will probably still have a few hot days, I’m glad it is already cooling off a little in Chicago right now. We can only wear jeans on Fridays with school colors (purple & gold) or spirit wear – kind of a capsule wardrobe nightmare.

      1. Kristin,
        Oh…such a bummer that the tank is just slightly off dress code. It will be great for layering though! We are supposed to wear spirit colors on Friday too and I usually do, but not always. I have a separate section off my drawers for all of my school/spirit tees…it does kind of make casual Friday not as fun to dress for. #teacherstyle 🙂

    1. Those are great looks that are both comfy AND workhorses! I work in higher ed, and our office has a very relaxed vibe, but I find myself trying to dress up slightly to avoid being mistaken for a college student!

    1. Krystal,
      When I was younger I definitely dressed up a bit more. Now, there’s no mistaking ;). I love that we have a more relaxed dress code though…I feel like it gives me more flexibility. Though, I often feel overdressed when I dress more ‘worky’.

    1. Nope–couldn’t get away with 80% of this. I teach at a public high school and I’d be taken to task for wearing jeans or narrow straps like that. But, that’s ok. We’re trying to teach the kids what “academic and professional” means–in dress, demeanor, emails, language…so, I feel better practicing what I preach. And it’s still WAAAY more comfy than outfits 50 years ago that were worn to school, so I’m not complainin’! I do LOVE some denim though… and I own WAAAAY more denim than I ever get to actually wear weekly…at last count, I think I owned 5 pairs! Ah well.

      1. Ophelia (beautiful name, by the way),
        I honestly am surprised at how relaxed the dress code is around here. I know a lot of my friends in the midwest have much stricter rules, so I often wonder if it’s different in different parts of the country. I always feel the dress out here in CO is much more laid-back than I’d expect, but now that I’ve been here for so long I’m used to it. People wear jeans to church and to fancy restaurants and no one bats an eye. I hope you have a great school year!

        1. I LOVE denim so much, I might move to CO! I may even get married in a pair of Madewells…if my mother doesn’t have heart failure! Love your style!

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