What to Wear to Work This Spring

As some of you know I was a 3rd grade teacher up until my daughter was born. This year I started substitute teaching at my children’s former elementary school several times a month. I really love having the opportunity to be back in the classroom, interacting with all of the cutie-pie first, second and third graders I have had a chance to work with so far.

Spring outfit from Loft: skinny pants, ruffle shell, mules
striped ruffle henley shell, high waist skinny ankle pants, mules, similar sunglasses

Heading back to the classroom has meant turning in my distressed jeans, tees and joggers for something a little more professional. I recently stopped in at Loft to shop for some spring looks that would be appropriate for both the classroom and other activities that call for slightly dressier attire. Loft was always my go-to spot when I was teaching because they were one of the few stores at that time that offered curvy styles for my pear shaped figure. For as long as I can remember finding pants that don’t gap at the waist and have a flattering fit in the thighs has been a challenge. The Julie fit at Loft was one of the first clothing lines that actually fit my figure.

Spring outfit from Loft: floral shell, skinny pants, mules and tote
floral ruffle henley shell, high waist skinny ankle pants, mules, similar tote, similar sunglasses

I immediately spotted these high waist skinny ankle pants in Julie fit. I’m always drawn to navy blue items during the spring because the crisp color feels fresh and pairs well with both pretty pastels and more vibrant brights. The size 4 high waist skinny ankle pant was the best fit for my 5’4 and 140ish pound figure. I often go back and forth between petite and regular sizes, but in this case I stuck with regulars. The waist band fits my curves perfectly and doesn’t have an awkward gap or show too much skin if I am sitting criss-cross-applesauce on the classroom carpet. There is plenty of stretch in these forever navy pants that also come in black and coastal grey. These pants machine wash beautifully without any fading or shrinkage and are ready to wear without ironing after being hung to dry.

Striped shell form Loft
striped ruffle henley shell, similar singlasses

I adore the cut of the ruffle henley shell that I paired with the pants. I couldn’t decide between the striped or floral print and since they were on sale for a great price, I went ahead and purchased both. The shells are polyester with a henley button placket, a shirttail hem and the sweetest ruffle detail at the shoulders. The fact that it is machine washable is a huge plus when working around school supplies and kiddos with sticky fingers.

There are fifteen different colors and patterns available in this style shell in addition to petite, plus and maternity sizing. This feminine, yet polished shell will be a versatile addition to your spring wardrobe. I plan on pairing mine with a lightweight cardigan, denim jacket or trench coat when the temperatures are cool and wearing it on its own when the temperatures rise.

High waist skinny ankle pants for Loft with mules and cardigan
similar cardigan, high waist skinny ankle pants, mules

These grey suede loafer style mules complete both outfits. The pointy toe and light color elongate my legs and the flat heels are ideal for being on my feet all day. They are available in tan, snake print, mustard and black.

grey suede mules
grey suede mules

The navy nylon tote I’m carrying below was a great find at the Tory Burch store at the San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore. It is ideal for work or travel because it is large enough to carry a laptop, magazines, travel necessities and more. I love the fact that it folds and snaps into a compact square (see a photo in this post) for storage or to tuck into a suitcase as an extra bag to bring souvenirs home inside. If you can’t get to the outlets a similar tote is available here.

Spring outfit from Loft: Striped ruffle shell, true navy skinny pants, mules and nylon tote
striped ruffle henley shell, high waist skinny ankle pants, mules, similar tote, similar sunglasses

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