Cracking the Dress Code: A Teacher’s Wardrobe According to The Tightwad Gazette
As a recovering thrift shop addict and aspiring minimalist, I have become fascinated by capsule wardrobes.
The idea of a capsule wardrobe is to choose staple items that mix and match for endless outfit options.
I first read of this notion in The Tightwad Gazette. A reader wrote in with a formula to make 24 outfits from 9 pieces: Two blazers, three tops, and four bottoms.
I adapted this formula to fit my job as a high school family and consumer sciences teacher.
My dress code is quite casual. The only thing set in stone is no “jeans.” However, black denim, jean jackets, and jean skirts are appropriate. Go figure.
My wardrobe challenges include:
- I teach culinary arts so I am always dirty.
- My classroom temperature ranges from very cold to very hot, depending on how many ovens are running.
- I am very active; lots of bending, stooping, climbing, and walking.
- I don’t mind looking 24, but I don’t want to blend in with my students.
- I have a tall slim build that fits best into juniors clothes.
- I am rushed in the mornings.
- I believe teachers should dress modestly.
So many demands! Many of these can be alleviated with a capsule wardrobe.
The pieces for this wardrobe were “purchased” from Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Zappos. The extra accessories are from the design website Polyvore.
My preference would be to shop consignment for high-quality staples at the same price of Old Navy clothing.
How do you “crack” the dress code at your work?