Spring teaching outfits, part 3

I’ve spent a lot of time talking about how I want my style to look here–sporty, fuss-free, modern, minimalist, tailored, etc etc. After my last closet cleanout, I’m finally feeling pretty good about what I have and how it fits my work and lifestyle. It’s a really good feeling! Here are a few outfits that I am excited to be able to make for spring.

I polled Instagram last week for if this outfit was “award ceremony” acceptable and thankfully you all said yes! These pants are my number 1 summer professor pick because they are soooo cool to wear. Like temperature cool. It’s amazing.

Top (similar)


Loafers (always on sale somewhere, I recommend shopping around!)

I wore this to teach last week and was quite pleased to just be fully embracing that sometimes I want to look sporty. I had an “aha” moment last month when I bought these sneakers. I have always found black sneakers too harsh when I shop for them and I suddenly realized that I was probably just looking for the wrong material. So I switched to looking for suede, and, ta-da! I’m suddenly wearing this pair with every pair of work pants ever.

Blazer (similar)


Pants (gifted–get 20% off with code PHDINCLOTHES20)


I’ve seen many people on Instagram talk about having a “style uniform”–a set silhouette or 2 that you really like to make in your closet. I don’t think I’ve ever had a strong “uniform” until this spring, but we have definitely arrived at slim top + wide leg pants + sneakers.

Knowing how much I like this helped me fill some wardrobe gaps because I had many boxy tops but not enough slim tops that balanced out wider pants. This tee is kinda spendy but so so perfect for what I was looking for I’m considering all the colors now.

Fun fact: I got these pants tailored last week and the tailor told me 5 times that one of my legs is longer than the other. Now you know.


Belt (cheaper)



I tried this half tuck because my favorite work wear instagrammer lately is all about it.

Honestly it was too fussy for me and I ended up tucking in both sides of the shirt. Live and learn!

Button down (plentiful on poshmark)



Ok this day I played with the uniform concept by adding the same white button down over the top. I felt like I looked more relaxed, which was just fine for a non-teaching day!


Lastly, I wore this to a Friday meeting. This was the day I thought “wait, am I actually dressing like I want to lately?” Maybe the power of the black sneakers has gone to my head. But I’m happy that picking some style words, stores that make clothes I like, and controlling impulse shopping has added up to…something at least.

Dress (similar)

That’s all! Happy almost weekend!

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