Casual is the way I have begun to dress (again) at work.
When I first started teaching, there were days when I probably looked more like a student than a teacher. I was young, and I didn't have a lot of clothes. I did get a job at Anne Taylor, but their clothes were way too expensive for me to buy a complete wardrobe, at the time. Instead, I bought a pair of pants (which I still rock to this day - quality in pants totally outranks the price of a cheap pair), and wore cardigans and button-ups that looked like they would come from AT.
Now, I have enough money to purchase higher-quality items, but I have significantly reduced my wardrobe.
The past four years, I have been dressing pretty professionally each day (not counting practice clothes when I am coaching). Most of the other teachers are pretty casual (even less than business casual) in their dress. There have been many days when I have been asked what was the special occasion or if I was going on an interview.
This week, I have converted back to the business casual clothes. I still look decent, and, hopefully, 8 years into my career, I don't look like a student anymore (though one of the custodians tells me I do each time I see her and an athlete at practice mistook me for a new participant on the track team).
I just don't have the energy. And the weather is so scattered. Outside it is 90 degrees. In my classroom, the temperature ranges anywhere between about 60-80 degrees depending on the hour.
Maybe, when I start wearing skirts again, I will go back to dressing up more, but for now, it is business casual. Fridays, jeans and some sort of decent looking top.
For now, I'm rocking my super comfy un-Croc-like Crocs. Never thought I would own Crocs, but one step in these was like heaven. I will buy more at some point.
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