Teacher Wardrobe Essentials feature

How to update your autumn-winter teacher style

Alex PatersonFashion, How to 11 Comments

Editor’s note: sharing her style on the blog is What The Teacher Wears blogger, Alex Paterson. I met Alex at one of my Brisbane book launches – after I *met* her on Instagram and discovered that there is a whole world out there of teachers sharing their style. It’s far from the teacher style I knew back in the day and even if you’re not a teacher you’ll be inspired by what these women have to share.

Teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs that you can ever do but at times can be hard to dress for. It can be a challenge to find clothes that are stylish, practical and appropriate for teaching – but don’t worry ladies they are out there!

Teacher Wardrobe Essentials

With all of the lesson planning, resource making and everything else in between, it is easy for teachers to get in a style rut and recycle the same outfits every week. If you have found yourself in a teacher style rut lately, here are some essential items that all teachers should have. The best part, they can be worn all together or mixed and matched with other pieces from your wardrobe.

Yes, there is a lot of black here, but these pieces are pieces that will last season through season and year through year (as long as you stay far away from the PVA and paint).

Teacher Wardrobe Essentials

1. Witchery Shirt $129.99 │ 2. Louenhide Bag $119.95│ 3. Cotton On Hat $19.95│ 4. Country Road Skirt $79.95│ 5. Frankie4Footwear Shoes $199.95│ 6. Target Dress $59 │ 7. David Lawrence Blazer $279 │ 8. Seed Pants $129.95

My teacher wardrobe essentials include:

  • A white collared shirt. A must have for any teacher (pre-service to principal). A piece that will last you for years and can be dressed up or down by adding accessories. For a fun twist – add a statement necklace under the collar.
  • An oversized bag. This bag will take you from the classroom, to the playground and any professional development day in style.
  • A sun safe playground duty hat. Most schools require students to wear a hat that isn’t a cap. It can be hard to enforce this rule if you are wearing a cap, so be sure to wear one that isn’t. A darker colour is best, as it will last longer and won’t show as many marks.
  • A pencil skirt. Another piece that can be dressed up or down depending what you wear on the top half. In summer team with sandals and a loose fitting blouse, while in winter, team your skirt with leggings and boots.
  • A pair of comfortable ballet flats. A teacher is on their feet all day and investing in a good pair of ballet flats from the start is a must. Once again, I have chosen black as they will go with almost any outfit.
  • An everyday dress. A dress that will take you from summer to winter and back again. In summer, wear with sandals and in winter, team with tights, a blazer and a scarf.
  • A fitted blazer/jacket. Once you find the one that fits you. Buy it in every colour! A well fitted blazer/jacket will last you years and can be worn will many different pieces.
  • A go to pair of pants. Another item that I suggest to buy in every colour when you find a style that suits your size and shape.

Here I am wearing a black blouse that I have had for years (still intact with no paint) with a midi skirt and adding a pop of colour with my yellow flats.


Can you add your own unique flair to your teacher outfit?

Yes, of course.

Whether you define yourself as quirky or kooky or loud to silent. You can add your own flair by adding a broach or statement necklace to your outfit. Don’t be afraid to clash patterns or wear bright and bold colours. Even by adding a simple pop of colour on your lip can change a whole outfit and make it more your style.

Just keep in mind that you are in front of someone else’s children. If you are ever unsure, ask yourself ‘would I want someone wearing this to teach my children?’

Still don’t think you can?!

Here is Fiona from Sister in Style rocking a pattern clash outfit.

Fiona is a teacher from the Gold Coast.

Sister in Style teacher style

Here is Georgina from Teacher Style by Georgina wearing a white collared shirt under a dress.

A great way to wear your summer dress through winter.

Teacher Style by Georgina

Here I mixed things up and wore ankle boots with a midi skirt.

Midi with boots teacher style

Some other teacher style accounts to watch out for:

The Stylish Teacher

Sophie Littler



As the cooler days and months are finally here, it’s time to get your teacher wardrobe winter ready. It can be easily done by adding a few key pieces to what you already have.

Autumn-Winter Teacher Wardrobe Pieces

1. Seed Knit Wrap $79.95 │ 2. Seed Fedora $59.95 │ 3. Sussan Coat $299.95 │ 4. Bardot Scarf $39.95 │ 5. Country Road Boots $299 │ 6. Dotti Gloves $12.95

Ok, so let’s put some of the essential wardrobe items with some autumn/winter pieces.

Autumn-Winter size 14-16

1. Sussan Necklace $39.95 │ 2. Country Road Skirt $79.95 │3. Portmans Knit Top $69.95 │ 4. David Lawrence Blazer $279 │ 5. Country Road Flats $99.95


1. City Chic Trench $199.95 │ 2. Louenhide Bag $119.95│3. Autograph Pont Pant $59.95 │ 4. City Chic Tunic $99.95│ 5. Target Boots $59

Autumn winter maternity style for teachers

1. Cotton On Hat $19.95 │ 2. Frankie4Footwear Shoes $199.95│3. Target Tunic $40 │ 4. Jeanswest Maternity Jeans $69.99│ 5. Target Scarf $10

 As it is school holiday time around Australia, this is the time to get your teacher wardrobe ready for Term 2.

What will you be wearing back to work?

alex-patersonAlex Paterson is a full-time teacher, styling and blogger at whattheteacherwears. She has a passion for style, grace and elegance in fashion, and wants to give other ladies ideas and tips about how to put together fashionable (while not ridiculously expensive) work and everyday outfits and ensembles.

Comments 11

    1. Post
    1. Post
    1. Post
    1. Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.