Monday, March 10, 2014

School Counselor Wear to Work Series-Part III Wardrobe Must Haves

For Part III of the School Counselor Wear to Work Series I'll talk about my school counselor wardrobe must haves:

-What pieces of clothing are on your counselor "must have list"?
I am an avid fashion blog reader and especially enjoy fashion bloggers that work in education (I feel like I can relate more to them, since they also work in a school).  Something that I’ve learned from reading these blogs is when purchasing clothes is that items should be able to be worn in many different ways so you get multiple “looks”.  Meaning you buy a shirt and you should be able to wear the shirt with dress pants, a skirt, maybe a dress, layered under a sweater, etc.  Here are some of my counselor wardrobe must haves:

I LOVE cardigans (my absolute favorite type is the Jackie cardigan from J. Crew) they are so versatile and can be worn in any season. 

Some of my cardigans (yes I have more than this...hello shopping diet).  All cardigans are JCrew or JCrew Factory. 
Skirts to me are so versatile and can be really dressed up or be business casual.   If you haven't already noticed I LOVE wearing skirts, they're so fun to wear!

Shirt: JCrew, Sweater & Belt: Gap, Skirt & Tights: Old Navy, Shoes: Bass Weeguns Loafers
Shirt & Belt: Gap, Skirt: Thrifted, Shoes: Anne Klein

Shirt: JCrew, Belt: Gap, Skirt: Banana Republic, Tights: Old Navy, Shoes: Bass Weeguns Loafers
Sweater: Banana Republic, Belt: Gap, Skirt: Thrifted, Shoes: Bass Weeguns Loafers

*Also a good belt is a must have (notice that I wore my trusty brown belt from the Gap in all those pics). 

You can't go wrong with dress pants and button up shirts (which are great to layer) in a school counselor environment.

Cardigan: JCrew, Shirt & Pants: Nautica (Belk Dept Store), Belt: JC Penney, Shoes: BP by Nordstrom
Cardigan: JCrew Factory, Necklace: JCrew, Shirt & Pants: JC Penny, Belt: Old Navy, Shoes: BP by Nordstrom

 Fun yet professional dresses and comfy but cute shoes top my list.  I've really gotten into wearing oxfords and loafers which are both comfy and can be worn in multiple looks.  I’m not much into accessorizing (yet), I love how people wear statement necklaces and such, but I'm working on adding that (I've really gotten into scarves though).  

-I need your help and want you to be a part of the last installment of the wear to work series (well unless you'd like me to cover more in the future).  Here's where you come in:  send in a picture of yourself in your counselor work attire.  You can email the pics to  Include in your email:
  • Your name (only your first name will be used)
  • School level (Elem, Mid, High, or even grad student)
  • City and State where you live

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  1. Cool idea for blog feature! Dressing professional gains a level of unspoken respect without saying a word. Also, got me voted best dressed by the students :p

    1. Hey Jeff, yes it's a change from my usual post, just wanted to mix it up a bit, lol. Kudos to you for being voted best dressed, whoot!

  2. I was just at the Kentucky School Counselor conference and all I could think was, "That's the what I wear girl!"

    1. I had such a great time at the KSCA conference. You all are such a fun and exciting group to be around!