Back to college shopping for grad students and professors: Loft try-ons!

If you’re about to start teaching college, building a closet of teaching clothes can be daunting. So this week we’re going back to the place I went shopping when I started grad school–Loft–to try on some professor-friendly styles for fall!

Let’s start with some casual teaching pants. Pants are tricky–you don’t want to look too casual but you also don’t have to go business casual on most college campuses and in most departments. Here are a couple options that fit the back to teaching checklist:

These wide-leg pants caught my eye right away because they came in several colors (olive, white) and looked comfy. I would wear them now with sandals (like this) and later with booties or even tall boots layered underneath.

Sweater (am I a horse girl now? Maybe. Wearing a M, I usually wear a S/M in tops depending on fit)

Pants (Wearing a 6, feels TTS, I typically wear a 6/28)

Sandals are from ASOS

Elastic-waist pants with a seam down the middle are having a moment, why, I am unsure, but I really liked this pair! They were super comfortable but a heavy enough fabric to feel polished while at school.

Tank top (M)

Pants (wearing a M–comes in petite and tall online!)

Next I moved on to dresses–I always like a midi length dress because the coverage is nice when you’re moving around the classroom!

This color was so fun! The fabric was super light feeling (whyyyy is my classroom AC never working well). Also, has pockets.

Dress (wearing a S)

Loft also has the Lou & Grey line in-store, which makes excellent loungewear, but also makes this adorable shirtdress! This is actually very similar to a dress I bought I Loft 5 years ago and wore to death, so I’m now contemplating a replacement!

Dress (wearing a M)

That’s what I checked out at Loft today! They also have really good clearance which is how I found most of my teaching clothes in grad school–and the sale is usually on sale so I would time my visits accordingly! Where else should we go shopping?

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