Holidays are now over for me. I started at my new school today.
The students aren’t back until next week though, which only means one thing, it’s PD time.
At the beginning of every year, all school staff are required to complete mandated PD as well as school orientated professional learning and development.
It’s always great to head back and catch up with everyone and hear what others got up to on their break. And for any teacher who went to the beach, you no doubt will be complimented on your sun kissed glow.
This time is different as it’s one of the only times you will get to be with everyone and not have the stresses of the everyday teaching life – did I leave my lunch at home on the counter? Oh bugger, I forgot to write out my award before parade (I literally could go on forever but that’s not what this post is about).
So it all sounds like smooth sailing for PD week right?
I mean, you’re going to catch up with everyone, tell them about your fabulous holiday, set up your room and make cute name tags for your door.
But hang on a minute, what will you wear?
Set your benchmark for the year and be the talk of the staffroom for the right reason. Especially if you are a beginning teacher or starting at a new school (like me), you will want to get your wardrobe right from day one.
PD days are a great way for you to wear some of your favourite pieces that you might not normally wear while in the classroom.
But there are some rules.
Just because the students aren’t around, doesn’t mean that you can slip on the stilettos and break out the boobtube.
REMEMBER: this is still your workplace and your admin team are there (and always watching)…
So what do you wear?
- An outfit that is comfortable – Chances are you will be sitting down for most of the day. So make sure whatever you wear you will be comfortable to sit for a long duration.
- Shorts – Totally fine (especially in the warmer climates) as long as they aren’t too short. If you do wear shorts, balance your top half and wear something with more coverage.
- Something fun and bright – You are still sort of on Summer holidays, so why not dress like it. Wear your pieces that you have been for the last few weeks. This is a good way to slowly depart from holiday mode and back to reality – as long as it’s not too beachy.
- Flats, Espadrilles, Sneakers or a Mid Heel – Leave the thongs at home. I’m not a huge fan of thongs in the workplace at anytime. Thongs let the team down a.k.a the rest of your outfit plus can also go against some school’s WH&S policy so leave them at home.
My biggest tip though, plan your PD wardrobe now … well after you have seen my outfit ideas below.
I’ve done the hard work for you ladies and have put together 9 looks to get you through your professional development days. All you have to do is sit back, click on the links below each picture and viola. PD wardrobe sorted.
SASS Fixation Buttoned Jumpsuit from Strutt Fashion (I’m wearing a size 10 – online from 22/01/19) – Adorne Small Round Basket and The Shoe Camaraderie Sandals.
SASS Safron Stripe Balloon Blouse and Run Free Button Down Skirt from Strutt Fashion (I’m wearing a size 10 in both – online from 22/01/19), Target Sonny Sandals, Adorne Tassel Pouch and
Adorne Marbel Effect Earrings.
Some No Nos that I stand by:
- Boobtube/revealing tops
- Super short skirts/shorts
- Tights as pants
I’d love to see what you wear for your PD day or days.
Take a pic and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the hashtag #thisismeatpd on your outfit pic that you upload to Instagram (I can only see public accounts sorry ladies).
What will you be wearing?
Photography by GM FILMS
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