How to Dress if You Are a Teacher

February 27, 2017
teacher outfit blazer sparkly oxford shoes

In a perfect world, a person would be judged at their workplace based solely on the quality of their work. Unfortunately, that’s not how the world works. Being a high school teacher I feel a lot of pressure to look my best every day because there are so many eyes on me. Kids are extremely observant. They notice EVERYTHING. If you get a haircut, they'll notice. If there's a stain on your clothes, they'll notice. Whatever is different or new about you, they'll notice. Maybe I'm being paranoid but if I have a snack during the break, I'll look in the mirror to see if there's food in my teeth before going back to class.

teacher outfit blazer sparkly patent oxford shoes

teacher outfit blazer sparkly oxford shoes

What you wear reflects how you feel about your job. For me getting ready and looking the best I can every morning shows respect towards the people I work with. Like designer Tom Ford once said "dressing well is a form of good manners".  And you have no idea how important it is to dress well in this job. Getting kids to like you can be hard sometimes but believe me, you can win many of them over with the appropriate clothes. For instance, they are crazy over my animal print sneakers, both boys and girls! 

teacher outfit blazer sparkly oxford shoes

teacher outfit blazer sparkly oxford shoes

Here I'm wearing my new favorite pair of shoes which I paired with an all navy outfit. These sparkly patent Oxfords with platforms are anything I could wish for in a shoe. They are pretty, comfortable, add an extra height and make a statement without being too over-the-top. The laces come in red and grey so I can switch them depending of what I'm wearing, sometimes I wear one of each. I found them at a local store in my hometown and it was love at first sight. There's a region in the southeast of Spain where there are tones of great handcrafted shoe companies, that's where many of my shoes come from.

teacher outfit blazer sparkly oxford shoes

There are endless options when it comes to dressing as a teacher. You can't go wrong with classics such as blouses or blazers but there are some things you should avoid:
  • really high heels
  • short skirts (unless you are wearing dark thick tights like I'm doing here)
  • tees with a message
  • sweatpants (unless you are the PE teacher of course)
  • too much leopard print
  • if your favorite top is too revealing, wear it wit a scarf

In order to give you ideas to dress for this job I've created this Pinterest board with my most popular looks. I hope you'll find it helpful!

How do you dress for your job?
xo Cristina

El Ganso blazer
Massimo Dutti top
Abercrombie & Fitch skirt
Ruth Amaya shoes
Pandora rings (right hand)
Tous earrings


Daily essentials

Christmas celebration (see the full outfit here)

The field trip (see the full outfit here)

Graduation day (see the full outfit here)


  1. I'm not a PE teacher but I always wear trainers to be confortable. I love my #Desigual trainers, my pupils too.

    Wearing a uniform would be the best option.

  2. Such a pretty look dear! You look so lovely! xoxo
    Vesna - Home Chic Club

  3. I'm not a teacher but this is a very professional look, love it!

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  4. What cool shoes!

  5. Those shoes are awesome!

    With love,

  6. Those shoes are so fun!! I love the sparkles

  7. I love your shoes!! They're so unique and beautiful!


    Tamara -

  8. Loving all these tips and the sneakers are so unique!

  9. Haha I love that you have outfit picks just for Christmas :D It's my favourite time of year ^-^ Also, your sneakers are so fun! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  10. Your shoes are so fun! :) While I'm not a teacher I do think your tips are important for a lot of jobs - office wear especially! :) I always try dress modestly for the office.

    Hope you are having a really good week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  11. You look beautiful babe..I love ur outfit....xx, Neha

  12. Great photos) as usual your look is perfect)

  13. Really love this post! Very chic and work appropriate! I love the blaser

    Edwige |

  14. Love the look. So stylish...

  15. damn you look so... presentable! I have deep respect for anyone who looks, acts and is professional, like you!

  16. Wow, you've put this outfit together so well. I love the red accents and those shoes are almost too cool for school ;-)

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  17. These are such fabulous tips for dressing in the classroom! Though I'm not a teacher myself, I can imagine how challenging it can be sometimes because you want to look professional, yet not stuffy that the kids are intimidated or disconnect from you. I think your look and tips provide a nice balance of both. I can see why they love those sneakers, they're so cool and make you look approachable :) Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!



  18. These tips totally apply to me as a community health nurse. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a fab weekend!


  19. I bet you're one of the most stylish, high school teachers ever! (Not to mention, you must grab the attention of some of those hormonal boys!) If you're paranoid about checking yourself after lunch, then I am too! - I always check my teeth because there will always be food there. It never fails. Plus, I used to work around kids too: they DO notice everything, for better or worse. I think you've nailed it though :)


  20. Very professional yet stylish look!!! Great tips too :)

    Trendy & Tidy

  21. What a nice outfit, love the contrasting shoes Mz Cristina, well done!!


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