If you love busy patterns, this blousy top fits the bill (Jennifer Lopez, $48). The neutral colors help the pattern feel a little less zany. It would look great with black pants for a meeting with administrators or with jeans for a casual day. Caitlin Wallace Special to The Star
If you love busy patterns, this blousy top fits the bill (Jennifer Lopez, $48). The neutral colors help the pattern feel a little less zany. It would look great with black pants for a meeting with administrators or with jeans for a casual day. Caitlin Wallace Special to The Star

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What to wear? Teachers, here’s a lesson on sprucing up your back-to-school wardrobe

By Caitlin Wallace

Special to The Star

August 24, 2017 05:28 PM

Teachers are real American heroes. They spend at least 60 hours each week teaching, planning, grading and breaking up cliques. The least we can do for these classroom warriors is devote a whole style column to refreshing their wardrobes for the new school year.

We found the following mix and match pieces at Kohl’s. Depending on the school’s dress code, all of these items can be dressed up or down, and the color palette is decidedly neutral for ultimate flexibility.

This knee-length swing dress (APT 9, $50) is stretchy, loose and modest — perfect for the classroom. It would be great now with sandals or flats and even better in a couple of months with tights and boots. The bell sleeves are on-trend, and the paint slash pattern will likely disguise any weird stains (Elmer’s Glue? Someone’s lunch? Coffee?).
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If you have some fun summer tanks that you’d like to transition into the classroom, adding a simple, thin cardigan is the easiest way (Simply Vera Wang cardigan, $58; APT 9 tank, $22). It adds modesty and warmth, but is thin enough that you won’t roast with fluctuating school temperatures.
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If you like the comfort of jeans, but your dress code doesn’t allow denim, these olive trousers are a good compromise (LC by Lauren Conrad, $50). Bonus on the trousers: They’d match any top included in this column.
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This structured polka dot skirt (Elle, $44) has a lot of stretch, so it will move with you throughout the day. It would look darling with fashion sneakers. Polka dots are a fun pattern that also works as a neutral, so pair the skirt with anything from a denim button-down to a black and white striped T-shirt (bonus points for pattern mixing!).
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Swingy trousers are in style this season, but they can be tricky to pull off. This black pair (Elle, $54) would look darling with any structured, fitted top. These would probably look best with a heel (wedges are your friend), but a strappy, flat sandal would look great, as well.
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This fitted blue blouse with industrial details would look perfect with swingy trousers (Simply Vera Wang, $40).
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Good luck this year, teachers! You’re the real MVPs. Here’s to hoping your desks are graced with many shiny apples and a few bottles of quality wine.