Ask Our Style Techs | Best Casual Work Attire?

Q: I’m a teacher and am challenged with how to look professional, yet be casual and comfortable, as I work with young children all day. Also, any suggestions on how to make the switch from day to night easy? – Kathy M.

A: First of all, thank you for all you do! Teachers play such a critical role in our kids’ lives and we at MSL are so appreciative. There are three factors we kept in mind as we scoped out some wardrobe solutions for you:

  • Fabrics need to be comfortable, not easily wrinkled, and relatively easy to clean.
  • Cuts and styles need to be appropriate and classic — skirts not too short, tops not too low.
  • Have fun with accessories! And while shoes need to be comfortable for all the walking and standing on your feet you no doubt do, they can have personality as well.

Look 1 | Tailored trousers are a go-to. A bold color paired with classic stripes is perfect for warm spring days.

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Top, J. Crew // Pants, Tory Burch (On Sale!) // Sandals, Louise et Cie // Bracelet, Mango (Only $20!)

Look 2 | Chambray is denim’s dressy and totally work-appropriate cousin. Plus, it works as a neutral base to mix with fun prints.

casual work attire 2_0Blouse, Equipment (On Sale!) // Pants, Ann Taylor // Wedges, Alice+Olivia // Earrings, Kenneth Jay Lane (On Sale!)

Look 3 | A shirtdress that hits at the knee is flattering, chic with flats or wedges, and easy to move in. This look also transitions to night by trading your flats for heels and adding some sparkly jewelry.

casual attire 4_0Dress, Cynthia Steffe (another option here) // Shoes, Halogen (inspired by the iconic Valentino Rockstuds without the price tag!) // Watch, Kate Spade // Earrings, Kendra Scott // Ring, Argento Vivo (On Sale!)

Look 4 | Midi-dresses are not only on-trend and super hip right now, but they are also practical and professional. Paired with cute and comfortable flats, plus statement jewelry, this ensemble will go all day. Change to high heels after class and head out for dinner.

casual work attire 3_0Dress, Taylor // Flats, Kate Spade // Tote Bag, Vince Camuto // Necklace in Salmon, Kendra Scott


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