The Ultimate Back-To-School List for Teachers ~ Roses and Rain Boots .

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Ultimate Back-To-School List for Teachers

Back-to-School is one of those bittersweet moments. Obviously, teachers love their job. I mean, it takes a particular person to educate and care for children. But at the same time, summer is just so lovely; it's hard to go back when it's still warm outside. With that said, now that we are into August, it's time for teachers to start doing their back-to-school shopping. This year I asked Y'all for your requests and used that to generate the ultimate list and suggestions. Can't wait for Y'all to check it out!

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Let's get to my back-to-school shopping list for teachers: 

For starters, I always purchase a new planner for the year. A planner is a must-have for teachers. With my role as Literacy Specialist, I found the need for more space for meeting notes, so this year, I am trying the Fringe planner listed below. In the past, when I was teaching third grade, I used the Erin Condren teacher planner, which you can personalize and customize to fit your needs.
Planner Suggestions:
Save: Fringe
Splurge: Erin Condren 

Pens are another thing I treat myself to every year. There's nothing like a brand new pack of pens that helps start the year off right. I keep these pens separate and away from the student supplies. In prior years I used the fan-favorite flair pens, but this year I've switched it up to this new brand, and I love them!
Pen Suggestions:
Flair Pens
Stabilo Pens

Travel Mugs are another obvious must-have for every teacher. Anytime I meet a teacher that doesn't drink coffee; I'm just in awe. Like how do they do it?
I look forward to my first cup of coffee every morning, and I enjoy bringing one to work to help kick start the day. I often think that have a really good travel mug, one that actually keeps your coffee hot, will prevent me from the daily Starbucks run.
Travel Mug Suggestions:
Zojirushi Travel Mug
Yeti Travel Mug

Multi-purpose dresses are a great item to stock up on. A dress like this one, can be worn now with sandals and then paired with a sweater, leggings, and boots to transition into late fall.
Save: Old Navy Midi Dress
Spend: J. Crew Factory Dress
Splurge: Madewell Midi Dress

A tote bag is one of those things teachers seem to collect but for a good reason. Have you ever watched a teacher walk into their school in the morning? I think it's safe to say teachers are basically bag ladies. No offense to all the male teachers out there, they don't seem to carry a lot of tote bags. We can never seem to have enough things. This year, my totes are in desperate need of replacement. To help you pursue tote bags, I broke them down by save, spend, or splurge. I was gifted my Longchamp tote, my freshman year of college, and I was still using it up until this year when the corners got little holes, and my beloved pens started to fall through. While this bag is definitely a splurge, it also serves as the perfect overnight tote. For a more stylish option, I love this sole society satchel that would also serve as a great bag for weekends, especially for mom's who are always carrying lots of goodies.
Tote Suggestions:
Save: Faux Leather Tote
Spend: Sole Society Satchel
Splurge: Longchamp Tote, Cuyana, Madewell Tote

Dress pants are one of those wardrobe basics, everyone needs. I love the way ankle dress pants look paired with a blouse and heels. Again, to help you find a pair that fits your style and budget, I've rounded up three different options on the same save, spend, and splurge suggestions. I personally own three pairs of the Express high rise paperbag pants (all purchased on sale), and I love them. They are a bit more trendy, but that fits my style as I typically wouldn't grab a pair of dress pants.
Dress pants Suggestions:
Save: Old Navy Pixie Pants
Spend: J. Crew Factory
Splurge: Express High Rise Paperbag Pants

When I pulled all the teachers on Instagram, Cardigans were the most requested item for back-to-school. My new favorite cardigan is this one from Abercrombie. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. Even my mom knew it was my style. I love it so much I want to scoop it up in a few more colors. If you are looking to spend a little more than my Madewell cardigan is a tried & true favorite. It is an investment, but the quality speaks for itself.
Save: H&M Cardigan, Old Navy Cardigan
Spend: Abercrombie Cardigan
Splurge: Madewell Cardigan

Flats, Slides, or Mules, basically a good pair of shoes is a MUST have. Below I've rounded up some of my favorite shoes that will be perfect for back-to-school and will transition into fall.
Save: Target Flats, Madewell Mules dupe
Spend: J. Crew Factory Flats, love these
Splurge: Sole Society flats, love these




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