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What I Have Learned About Fashion…From Children

I have learned a lot from the kids I work with over the years, but I never had thought that fashion sense would be one of them.  Kids are dirty and sticky and their not-always-fashion-forward parents are responsible for dressing them.  despite all of this, I realized that they have completely figured out some things without any help at all. So here is the first lesson:

Don’t be afraid to mix prints

Leopard print leggings with a floral cardigan, striped socks and a pokadot shirt? Yes.  An 8-year-old would also throw on a backpack covered in birds and heart embossed baseball cap, but as an adult, I would stick to mixing just a few different prints.

~ The infamous Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl mixing florals and looking very chic doing it.







50384089551013250_LIzgktYn~ This is an easier way to combine prints, a dress and a jacket. So cute!








mixing patterns
mixing patterns by Fashiontoteach featuring a striped jacket

Wrap top

Striped jacket

Elastic waist skirt

Poetic Licence Hot To Trot

I like the idea of mixing patterns in black and white if you are still a little hesitant about trying to mix patterns.  After that, you can throw in a little colour with a blazer or heels.
What do you think about mixing patterns? How many is too many?


Restocking your Wardrobe for Autumn

It’s that time again: not autumn yet, but the stores seem to think so.  I love fall fashion with colours inspired by nature, chunky knits and boots, but IT IS STILL WARM OUT!  I have had to make do with making a list of things I will need to update my wardrobe this fall without actually going shopping yet.  This is good for two reasons:

1. I have time to really think about what I want and what I need.  I NEED new boots because I bought cheap boots two years ago and now they are leaking.  I WANT every second dress I set eyes on (I already have about 30, I will never need a new dress). This *should* keep me from going overboard and help me stick to my budget.

2. It would kill me a little bit to buy a sweater or scarf or pair of boots when it’s still 20 degrees out.  I love summer and I’m not about to let it go early, even if it means not getting first dibs on the new fall trends.

So here are a few things I decided that I need this Fall.

things I need for Fall

Sheer shirt

H M peplum top
$39 – hm.com

H m jacket
$47 – hm.com

Miz Mooz stacked heel

Matt Nat leather shoulder bag

  • The sheer lace top has been on my list since spring, I recently saw this unique piece on Modcloth and decided I would not let it pass me by this time!
  • I do not have many nice tops, so I need to add a few to wear with skirts and pants.  I quite like the peplum trend this fall
  • I wear my navy blazer quite often and I think I would use another, lighter neutral coloured blazer quite often.
  • I only own 3 pairs of pants that fit me, and one pair is ugly.  I need to buy pants.
  • I made the mistake of “saving money” by buying cheap boots the last couple years and now they leak.  I need to make a bigger investment into some comfortable, neutral boots.
  • I need a new school bag that can fit all of my books and lunch and change of shoes, etc… I can’t carry a backpack when I’m dressed well and feel good about it.  I definitely cannot wear a backpack when I am teaching high school during my practicum!

Of course the list of things I WANT goes on and on.  I will have to see how my job situation is in the fall before I make any hasty decisions.  Although I already have my heart set on some locally made trinkets on sale at the annual Fringe Festival here in Edmonton.  But after that I’ll be good…maybe.

It’s Finally Spring!

It finally feels like spring here in Edmonton! Almost around 20 degrees, I took out my bicycle for the first time the other day and I don’t have an overwhelming urge to slap girls with bare legs. (If there is snow on the ground, take the extra 30 seconds to put on a pair of tights, you look stupid). 

So here is a nice, bright and colourful outfit to suit the beautiful weather!  Hopefully this is one of my last posts wearing tights, but unfortunately, it’s still pretty cool inside my school and even cooler inside my classroom.  It was a definite shock when I left at 4 today and it was about 5 degrees warmer outside than it was inside!

Dress, Old Navy, $20. similar here

Tights and shoes, Joe Fresh.

Cardigan, Jacob, similar here.

Belt, Zara, came with pants.

Scarf Belt

I put together a great light-coloured spring outfit today and I just didn’t have the right belt to pull it together. They were all too dark or thin but I needed something because this skirt is kind of old and a little too big for me. I had almost given up and was ready to do a last-minute 8am change when I remembered this post from Academichic. These ladies were the queens of belting things, I’m really sad they are no longer updating their site.

So I gave it a go, it turned out alright but you can still tell that the skirt is a little big. That plus the fact that it’s over 5 years old and designed to sit lower on the hips didn’t make for the most flattering silhouette. But hey, I tried. You win some, you lose some.

Blazer ~ Aritzia, $125, here. Blouse, $29 (sale) and scarf, $18, RW&Co. Skirt, ancient, American Eagle. Tights, Gap. Shoes, $25 (sale), Sears

I really like the idea of using a scarf as a belt and any other alternative uses for accessories. I will definitely be trying this again, maybe finishing with a bow instead of tucking the ends like I did here. That sounds more girly and me anyway.

My Closet


I love love love my closet.  When J and I were looking at apartments, the huge open-concept closets in this place were a real selling point.  I even took the smaller of the two bedrooms and still have tons of space.

Now that you have seen my closet, you know my weakness, I LOVE clothes!  My wardrobe is a collection of impulse buys, steals, lots of clothing swap gems, vintage pieces and some of the items are so old I don’t remember when I bought them.  I try to purge my closet twice per year but I still seem to have so many clothes! Having a huge wardrobe has it’s pros and cons.


-I don’t have to do laundry that often (about once per month)

-I have so many outfits to make and remix

-I don’t (easily) get bored with the selection


– When I do have to do laundry, it is an ordeal.  The folding and putting away is never completed

– My room ends up being a mess because I try stuff on and then throw it on the floor. Worst. Habit. Ever.  This is the cleanest it ever gets

– It can be overwhelming

I have never had a problem putting together a cute outfit from what I have, but this year I was presented with two new factors:

1. I have to not only dress professionally, I have to dress like a teacher.  This mean comfortable AND professional; classy BUT more conservative than I am used to; grown-up enough to distinguish myself from the students BUT not frumpy or old-fashioned.

2. 2012 has started out with a tight budget, I will be doing 5 weeks in the classroom after completing my condensed course work, which means I can’t work nearly as much as I need to.  Extras are out which means I have not bought any new clothes since boxing day and I will not be buying any more until May at the earliest.  This means I have to work with what I’ve got.

So here is the closet count of all my clothes:

Tops – 20

Tanks- 17

Pants- 5 dress pants, 4 jeans

Skirts- 18

Dresses- 28

Sweaters- 5 sweaters, 17 cardigans

Shoes- 28

Outerwear- 2 winter, 3 spring/fall, 2 summer (not counted)

Total: 114 (142 including shoes)

That’s a lot of clothes!! BUT WAIT!  What happens after I take out anything that’s too short/tight/uncomfortable/ low-cut/young/old/frumpy/fancy?

Tops – 12, 7 tanks (for layering only)

Pants- 5

Skirts- 8

Dresses- 10

Sweaters- 4 sweaters, 15 cardigans

Shoes- 12

Outerwear- same

Total: 61 (73 including shoes)

This practically cuts my wardrobe in half! OMG what am I going to do? Factoring days that are too cold for skirts, days that are too long for heels, and who knows what else, I may as well have a minimalist collection of clothes just like Bridget at Money After Graduation. A big part of transitioning my wardrobe from student to teacher will be remixing pieces and being creative.  I hate wearing all black and I want to stand out so wearing pant suits or not-so-little black dresses all the time just isn’t going to cut it.