My girls just finished up their first full week of school and I can tell how much fun they’ve had but also how exhausted they are. So what do you think that means for the amazing women and men who teach them? We are so grateful for amazing teachers in this household and try to show our appreciation in special ways throughout the year.

On my Facebook page this week, I did a teacher takeover based on some special requests and wanted to round up some of the best finds for you!

Here we go!
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Polkadot dresses

This adorable polkadot dress comes in multiple colors and would be amazing with booties and a jacket come fall –

Another great polkadot dress with a cute button down feature –

Striped dress

This was a favorite and comes in three neutral stripes. Here are a few ways to pair this cute dress,

– Add a bib necklace, y-necklace or scarf
– Add a colorful cardigan
– Most shoes will do- a great flat, sandals while the weather is warm or with booties
Now just mix and match any of these combos for a unique look and to take your dress purchases farther!

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Teachers also get 15% off online purchases at JCF and J.Crew!)

Mix and Match

I love pieces that can be mixed and matched and I heard loud and clear that the temperature in different parts of schools can change on a dime so many teachers love layers.

Here are four looks where the vibe of the outfit totally changes with a colored blouse and colored cardigan vs a cream on cream. And this doesn’t even include your bottoms.

(For me, black pants are a go to for work but consider what this may look like with a khaki bottom, olive or navy! If you’re a skirt wearer, these would look good with a great sidewalk or pencil skirt as well. I know I personally like to change up tops for work and have my fave and tried & true bottoms in my closet.)

Shop these pieces here:

Long sweater,
Curved hem sweater,
Lace blouse,
Printed blouse,
Block heel,
Embellished mule,


More Items for your mix and match

Skirt and lace tee

Any of these pieces separate or all together are great for a teacher.
This draped cardigan comes in great neutrals and can be worn to school or out and about. The lace tee will be worn time and time again and I truly love the sidewalk skirt.

Lace tee (size down),
Cascading cardigan,
Sidewalk skirt,

More cardigans
Now this is just one cardigan, but I’ve listed a few others that I think are great to wear casually as well. Nowadays there are some very casual cardigans on the market so if you want something other than the traditional proper button-up cardigan for work here are 5 cardigans that can definitely be dressed up but will fit your outside classroom plans, too!
Long cardigan/duster,
Cocoon cardigan,
Curved hem,
Textured knit,

Blouse ideas
If you’re looking for a great blouse that will go under your cardigans, take a look at the options here. These are conservative enough to wear on their own with a solid pant or skirt, but you can also: add statement earrings, add a neutral cardigan, add a colored cardigan with a color that compliments the color of the pattern or add a scarf or necklace.

One and Done!

Great floral blouses that don't need more dressing up!


So there are definitely days we don’t want to think about accessorizing or matching, right? You’re trying to get out the door and get put together quickly. You can do this with a great printed blouse and your go-to neutral pants or skirts. No need to add anything more to these long-sleeve blouses but if your room is cold, you could definitely add your favorite sweater cardigan. Keep your jewelry simple with these floral patterns.

Well I hope this posts gets you in the back-to-school spirit and provides some new style inspiration whether you’re grabbing new pieces or figuring out how to style what’s in your closet! Here’s to all of you that make the difference!


Hi there! I’m Erin and mom to three amazing kids and wife to the best husband around IMHO! We’re doing our best to find joy in our days and love in our hearts even when things are hard. Our middle daughter has a catastrophic form of epilepsy that affects every part of her life and ours. She’s taught us more than we could have ever learned about the importance of life, love and God. Our days aren’t anything glamorous, but I’ve learned to take time for the things I enjoy. As mom, wife, friend and just good ole’ me. I think it’s important for you to take care of yourself too – have fun, remember you’re amazing and be confident in what you wear, what you eat and what you feel. So here’s to you, here’s to us, and here’s to this amazing thing we get to do every day as momma!

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