It has been a wonderful 10 months but the reality is the return to work is looming. I’m going to miss G and the school run with O but there is the tiniest part of me that is looking forward to it. I know within a week of my return I’ll be regretting that sentence but I am excited about seeing my work friends, having a chat over lunch and having a bit of alone time after school has finished.
One of the things I am really excited about is getting dressed for work again. I feel like I have been living in jeans for the past few months, it’s more practical to wear trousers when you are constantly up and down on the floor with a baby so the thought of wearing a dress again is making me a bit giddy.
I’ve been having a rummage through my wardrobe as all work clothes were banished to the back when my bump outgrew them last year. My work wardrobe is looking a bit tired to be honest. A lot of clothes were bought when I was a dress size bigger and are now too loose and almost all of them were bought when I wasn’t in a particularly happy place and I think they reflect that.
Going back I feel more like me than I have done in years and I want my clothes to reflect that so I’ve been browsing the internet to find myself a capsule teacher wardrobe that means I won’t be having a meltdown in the morning that I have “Nothing to wear!” A range of clothes that can be mixed and matched and will take me from Winter through to Spring and Summer.
I’m only working three days a week so I don’t need too many different looks although I need enough to stop the kids from thinking I always wear the same outfit (believe me, they notice). As I am on my feet most of the day, I need clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in and if they have pockets, even better!
- The little black dress (Next – £32) I always have one of these in my work wardrobe as they are perfect for parents evenings and important meetings. They can be worn with a cardigan for the colder months and on it’s own when the sun comes out.
- The pencil skirt (Boden – £85) Another staple in my work wardrobe as it can be worn with shirts, jumpers or t-shirts and I find them really flattering. This one is a little pricey but it will last years so if you think about the cost per wear, it’s not as bad as it first seems. It does come in other colours if you’re not a fan of the pink.
- The pair of black trousers (M&S – £39.50) I love wide legged trousers and have avoided them in recent years in favour of skinnier pairs, but I think they’re making a come back. I love this pair from M&S and they go with pretty much anything.
- The white shirt (Boden – £55) This will go with the trousers, the skirt and I often wear a white shirt under a shift dress if I fancy a different look.
- The statement dress (Oasis – £48) I already have this dress and it is so pretty and fits beautifully, and for those days when the thought of heading into the classroom makes you want to weep a little (we all have them) this is guaranteed to make you feel a million dollars.
- The cardigan (Oasis – £40) Schools are funny places with regards to heating. It can be freezing cold but once you have a room full of 30 teenagers the temperature soon rises so a cardigan is a must have. Layering is key!
- The sweater (Oasis – £38) I already own a very similar jumper from New Look but I probably prefer this one a little because of the collar detail. I really like this style of jumper at the minute and it’s really easy to wear. It will pair up beautifully with the trousers and makes for a great smart/casual look.
- The blouse/splash of colour (Warehouse – £35) For those Spring days when the sun is shining and you want to get embrace that summer is coming.
- The smart t-shirt (M&S – £15) Like I mentioned above classrooms can get very hot very quickly, especially in May and June and a t-shirt is a must for those hot sticky days. I love the subtle nod to this years ruffle trend on this one.
What are your work wardrobe favourites? I’d love to hear.