Most of my Mondays, I’m substitute teaching. Unplanned Monday morning substitute teaching gigs are unusual as most of these longer weekends are arranged in advance, so I already know days or weeks before that I’ll be working. Also, the two schools that I work at most often know by background and use me accordingly: I’m dressed for either physical ed classes or special needs children. So, I needed an already pulled together outfit to work at unfamiliar schools when the request to work came at 6 AM instead of two weeks before. Other requirements for the outfit included a modest professional look, comfort to last through a day spent primarily on my feet, machine washable, and at least a passing familiarity with current fashion trends.
Thus, I pulled the following items from my closet and produced this outfit illustrated in photographs, above. The skirt meets the 2011 trend expectations for “retro bohemian” reminiscent of That 70’s Show …. as well as being an almost “floor-grazing [skirt].” The machine washable sweater top, a wonderfully comfortable blend, is an easily matchable tan and meets the expectation of a “clean, no-nonsense” style a la 1990’s minimalism.
The sheer scarf, with colors ranging from the dark brown background of the skirt, including the medium gold of the tiny chevrons in the skirt pattern, all the way to the light ecru of the sweater, lends a nod to another 2011 trend, “translucent layering.”
The short “cowboy” boots also fit the trend forecasts for 2011, and are used in one of the recommended projections: as an anchor with a long, dressier skirt.
The Hopi-beaded corn earrings finish with a note of whimsy.
Thus, my “unexpected” Monday morning substitute teacher outfit for a school at which I haven’t yet worked. Paired with a heavy sheepskin jacket and wearing heavy tights under the skirt, this outfit would also fit right in with a night high school football team game or other outside activity as winter becomes a bit chillier.