Saturday, February 5, 2011

Thirty Dollar Throwdown 1

When most people think of "teacher clothes," images like these spring to mind:

Let's be honest. We all had teachers who sported such flashy duds. However, young educators, don't fret. You do not have to partake in the traditional teacher dress to be able to mold young minds. And I'm here to help you.

My students tell me that I have a unique, bold style. Of course, they don't use those words exactly. Here are a few of their real-life comments about Ms. P's fashion:

"Don't take this the wrong way, but you don't dress like a normal person."
"Ms. P, I'mma steal your style this summer. I like it. You all mismatched."
"You dress all Anthropologie."

(Clearly, that last student isn't aware of the scope of the teacher salary.)

Okay, sure, they're mixed reviews. But I'd take comments like these any day over none at all. Like Coco Chanel (who would surely not approve of my outfits, but that's beside the point) once said, "In order to be irreplaceable, one must be different."

All of this to say....today I'm introducing a new feature on Best in Class - The Thirty Dollar Throwdown - where I will put together school and age appropriate outfits with items that cost $30 or less.

The first outfit was inspired by my latest Target purchase - these shoes. They're a little "fashiony" for me, but I was sold when I tried them on because they have padding! A wedge is also much easier on the feet while teaching. They do not look comfortable, but they feel nearly orthopedic. Trust.

All items are under $30, even the vintage eyeglasses! Of course, I'm sure your eye doctor would charge more for the lenses. Details. Details.

$30 Throwdown 1
Draped Handkerchief Skirt
$12 - forever21.com
Pleated skirts »

Monday Morning Bag
$36 - canada.forever21.com
Structured handbags »

Forever21.com - Accessories - Jewelry - 1062098158
$3.80 - forever21.com




Tuck the shirt in. Wear the motorcycle jacket open. And, yes, there are times you can wear tights with open-toed shoes. Just not around your Southern mama.


Sartorially yours,
Ms. P


3 bonus points:

janinejulia said...

I'm so glad you started this blog. Also, I have that blue ring. And I really could go for a motorcycle jacket.I need a bit more James Dean for my rugged cowboy secret identity.

shut up, I drink whiskey and pretend I'm tough.

Chuck said...

I'm definitely going to get me a pair of those wedges. My feet get so tired when I preach. :)

Ms. P said...

Dad, perhaps a kitten heel would better suit your stature.

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