Sorting my wardrobe into “teacher appropriate” and “inappropriate” is not as easy as I thought it would be. For starters, I sorted out all of the obvious “inappropriate” pieces: skirts and dresses that are too short, tops that are too low-cut, jeans, anything too casual. But after that, the cuts started to get harder. “Is this too tight?” “Is sleeveless okay?” “Is this pattern too juvenile?” These questions are all pretty subjective. I know that erring on the side of caution is the best way to go but I don’t want to be too cautious and end up being boring. There are some items that I’m on the fence about, but maybe if I style them the right way, they can stay in the line up.
Today I’m posing the question: “To wear leggings or not to wear leggings?”
Leggings are full coverage, so what’s the issue? Well, I have a few:
1. Although I always make sure they aren’t see-through, are they just too tight for standing at the board in front of high school students?
2. Are they too casual? The school I’m places at doesn’t seem to have much of a dress code so this might not be an issue.
3. Are they too young? Will I look too much like a University student? or (heaven forbid) a high school student?
Pairing leggings with a tunic and a longer cardigan solves the “too tight” problem but will I then look too young and frumpy? Some teacher fashion blogs I’ve read are all for leggings, but they are also elementary school teachers; I won’t be sitting on the ground too often. The one reason I want to keep leggings in my wardrobe is because they are so great to wear with boots. I have big calves so wearing skinny jeans in boots has never been an option for me and sometimes I don’t want to wear a skirt. What I really think would work is a thicker riding pants style of legging, but I am on a strict no-spend diet when it comes to clothes so I will have to work with what I’ve got.
Wore it Well ~
Shanele from Shanelesheek styled these riding pants perfectly; not too casual and with great colours. I am going to try to do something similar with my leggings and see how it turns out.
T.B.A. (To Be AVOIDED)~
Rose Byrne (never heard of her) is showing a little too much with these leggings, and that’s only from the front. Even though she appears to be in decent shape, these pants are doing nothing for her figure.