OOTD :: of making first impressions and a new approach

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When I was creating first week of school outfits, I knew I wanted to make an impression on my new batch of juniors.

The dilemma was deciding what sort of impression I wanted to make.

It sets the tone for the year, you know? That immediate, visceral reaction they get when they first see you and you open your mouth and you establish your presence in the classroom.

I knew it had to be one that I could sustain throughout the year, though. There’s nothing worse than false expectations, and I’d already pretty much decided I wanted a more casual, less contrived approach to my fashion. I think this approach matches my approach to teaching as well. Last year’s frantic histrionics were just too much for my nerves. I needed wanted to be a lot more at ease with life this time around.

So when my impulse purchase from the MILLY line for Kohl’s Designation turned out to be a pleasant surprise, this outfit instantly jumped out as the number one choice. Why “pleasant surprise”, you ask? Well, firstly, the cut of the top is such that I actually don’t mind baring arms. And secondly, this loosy-goosey pant, which normally does my figure no favors, has just the right drape and taper at the leg that I don’t mind hiding my best assets.

But it was really both the fabric and the pattern that put me in a fabulous mood, and my happiness quotient soared when I stood in front of the mirror. It’s easy, breezy, and weather appropriate for our still-warm temps. And who knew I could pull off that jumpsuit trend so effortlessly?

The best part? It’s not really a jumpsuit. These are separates, my friend. So I won’t have to struggle to go to the bathroom in the ten minutes allotted to us in between classes. And I get to feel fierce and fantastic, making my confidence shoot through the roof and allowing me to forget that my campaign against expansion isn’t as debilitating as I first thought it.

It’s also quite fitting for my first official linkup with Anne @ Spy Girl this school year. This week, it’s Cherry/Acceptance and the prompt was “I feel incomplete because ________ and when I have this I will _________.” So I say I feel incomplete because I haven’t been feeling excitement for my closet and its contents recently, and when I have this I will be empowered and do grand things in my classroom this year.

Score one for fashion!

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – MILLY for Kohl’s
Pants – MILLY for Kohl’s
Blazer F21
Shoes – Qupid

:: Linking ::
52 Pick Me Up @ Spy Girl

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
American Oxygen by Rihanna

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17 thoughts on “OOTD :: of making first impressions and a new approach

  1. You’ve again fooled me with the faux romper look! I must figure out how to do this as going to the bathroom in a romper at school just isn’t going to work. You do look fabulous in the ensemble, my friend! Speaking of first impressions, I have NO idea what I’m going to wear tomorrow for my first day! Off to the closet I go!

    • You just have to decide what sort of impression you want them to have of you then dress accordingly. Can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with. You’re gonna knock it out of the park!

    • No, no. Trust your instincts and stick with the original thought. You can refine it, though. At least, that’s what I tell my kids anyway.

    • Thank you, belatedly. But apparently I didn’t need the luck because my students ended up being pleasant and engaged and I want to be a teacher all over again. 😊

    • Why, thank you! And of course, to punish me for my gleeful hubris, I pulled a thread and now there’s a fabulous run all down the left leg. Sigh…

  2. You go! And matching separates that look like a jumpsuit — A+
    My joy that you’re linking? Extra Credit!
    xxox

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