7 Practical And Professional Back-To-School Outfit Ideas For Teachers

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Teachers work long hours in the back-to-school season setting up their room, attending training sessions, meeting parents, getting to know students, and doing what they love – teaching! 

During the first month of school, it’s important to look professional yet have a practical wardrobe. Plus, the days are still warm yet the cool mornings and late evenings are beginning to feel like Fall. 

Here are 7 practical and professional back-to-school outfit ideas for teachers!

1 – Skinny pants, jean shirt, and flats

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You’ll be stylish and comfortable in this go-to outfit! Pick a pair of skinny pants in any color that you like! Peach and pink are perfect for the end of summer, while orange or burgundy say, “Hello Fall!” 

Pair it with a fitted blue jean shirt. This is perfect for the cold air conditioning or cool weather. Top it off with your favorite pair of comfy flats. A chunky necklace or statement earrings look great with this as well!

2 – Dark pants and a blazer

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If you really want to look like an executive professor, opt for this combination. Dark pants (either skinny jeans, slim trousers, or dress pants) combined with a basic tee, layered with a blazer. 

Don’t be afraid to pick out a funky pattern or textured jacket. It will look fabulous next to the simple mix of plain pants and a generic t-shirt.

3 – Striped dress, cardigan, tall boots

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Do you prefer teaching in a dress? Then you need a classic striped dress! Wear it alone, or with a cardigan, or layered under a jacket. Look good with or without leggings. Style your striped dress with flats, booties or (my favorite) tall boots. Don’t hesitate to put on a large cuff bracelet or a fun bandana in your hair either.

This striped dress works in every season and will soon become the most multifunctional piece of your teaching wardrobe! 

4 – Sweater dress, leggings, and flats

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In addition to a striped dress, every teacher needs a sweater dress. These keep you toasty on a cool day, feel soft and similar to sweatpants, yet looks like a professional outfit. Pick a sweater dress in a neutral color that can match the rainbow of leggings. As always, match with your favorite flats or a casual pair of booties.

5 – Jeans, basic tee, cardigan, booties

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Do you get casual Friday? Can you wear jeans one day per week? Here is your go-to back-to-school teacher outfit with blue jeans! 

Pull on your favorite pair of blue jeans, match with a basic tee (in any fit), pair with a classic cardigan, and throw on some booties. The simplicity and layers of this outfit will keep you trendy and comfy.

6 – Jean shirt and a vest

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If you don’t get a casual day for blue jeans, try this outfit. It feels relaxed yet looks semi-professional. 

Add a jean shirt to slim pants in any color. Then throw on a vest! It can be patterned or plain, trim or puffy, neutral or a statement piece! You’ll stay warm, look nice, and feel like you’re wrapped in a blanket all day.

7 – Printed Teacher Shirts

Kids love those fun teachers…become a cool teacher by wearing a teacher-appropriate and student-friendly printed shirt! Wear them around your students, grab some for your entire team, or pick a certain day for all of your co-teachers to style similar outfits! Your students will be beside themselves with giggles and joy.

Here are a few inspiring phrases!

Elementary school:

Middle and high school:

All ages:

Get comfy and professional!

Teachers, you can blend the best of both worlds: style and comfort. Browse your closet to see what existing pieces already exist in your wardrobe so you can compile a few of these teacher-approved outfits!

Don’t forget to buy new wardrobe pieces from our MomFabulous shop!

Are you reading this during the winter semester? You may also like: January, February, March, April, or Mid-Winter outfit ideas. Plus what to wear any day of the month!