After I told my husband about the new craze sweeping the nation—capsule wardrobes—he said: “Isn’t that just a fancy way of saying ‘Wear the clothes you have and only the clothes you have?'”
Um, yeah, dude, but it sounds way better when you say “capsule wardrobe.”
So here’s my advice for a small, wonderful capsule wardrobe for teachers. Consider this your checklist:
1. One Pair of Interesting Pants
Are your pants interesting enough? It takes a confident, happy classroom rockstar to sport pants like these, these, or these. Interesting pants for men teachers: These orange slim fit pants, and also this awesome collection ofembroidered pants.
2. One Pair of Boring Pants
Because life. You can be fabulous every day, but it shouldn’t be because of your pants all the time. Try very affordable Land’s End pants with elastic discretely confined to the back, here. Or J.Crew’s “broken-in boyfriend chino,” even if you haven’t had a “boyfriend” in ages. Or, if you are a man, their “broken-in chino,” which is actually not the same as the women’s broken-on boyfriend chino.
3. Two Midi-Dresses (for teachers who wear dresses)
4. One Comfy Waistless Dress (for teachers who wear dresses)
5. One Lightweight Blazer (in your best color)
People might start mistaking you for a presidential candidate, but is that a bad thing?
6. One Test-day Shirt
The kind of shirt that screams “Keep your eyes on your own paper,” and “Don’t stress out about this test too much, kiddos” at the same time.
7. One Extremely Appropriate Outfit
8. One Funny/Silly Shirt
9. One Cardigan
10. One Pair of Sturdy Dress Shoes
So you don’t wear your ballet flats every single day. But don’t buy these.
11. One Pair of Power Boots
12. One School Spirit Outfit
Go big or go home.