Style Scenario: First Day of School

The return to school means that I no longer have the lazy summer, self-care focused morning routine that has helped me recover from the toughest year of my career. My typical summer morning involved cooking oatmeal the 15 minute old-fashioned way, working my way through an entire carafe of coffee(!), and reading. When I’m not reading books, I work my way through an online newspaper using the PressReader app, then I check the news updates on my favorite soccer football team, Chelsea, via Bleacher Report, and finally I catch up with other interests via the Flipboard app. One of the Flipboard feeds that I follow is from Dappered, who share great affordable fashion ideas for men. One of their regular features is the Style Scenario, which puts a themed outfit together, with links to the best/cheapest places to purchase the items. And so, with tongue firmly in cheek (do I look like a fashion expert?), here is my first day of school style scenario, in the style of Dappered.

The Shirt: Rhone (Men)tal Healthy Everyday tee – $38. Checking so many boxes for me on day one. Rhone make good looking athletic wear and are more than just a clothing brand for men. They’re socially conscious and have a great blog site too. This limited edition shirt was created in partnership with Men’s Health with 100% of net proceeds benefiting Mental Health America, the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all. Great message. Great look. And in my school spirit colors too!

The Pants: Lululemon ABC Pants Classic – $128. Yes that’s a lot of money to drop on a pair of trousers, but hear me out. Not only are these the most comfortable pants I’ve ever taught in, they double up as smart looking in the classroom but I can still wear them when I transition from health class to PE class. It wasn’t until I realized that I was still teaching in tracksuit pants that were literally 15 years old (swoosh on the clothes, and swooshing sounds whenever I wore them) , that I could justify investing in a ‘proper’ pair of work pants.

The Belt: Nike Golf Men’s 3-in-1 Web Belts – $19.98. Three belts for the price of one, and one size fits all. Again, I’ve switched out a lot of the baggy shorts in which I taught back in the day (influenced by Michigans Fab 5 – the baggier the better). When I wear shorts, I wear tailored/golf shorts and these belts pair with pretty much anything that I wear to school.

The Shoes: Nike Killshot 2 Leather – $100. I worked in a sneaker store from the age of 15 through until I graduated college. It was the best part-time job I ever had and allowed me access to the latest shoes, with an employee discount. It’s funny to see shoes being re-released now that I was selling when they first appeared on the shelves in the late 80’s. These Killshots are often available for around $60 from Nike or J.Crew and I’ve taken advantage of that twice, and now have a pair in green, and blue, our school colors.

The Mask: Rhone Face Mask Essential 3-Layer 3 Pack – $12. 18 months into the pandemic, and returning to school with a mask mandate for all, I’m kicking myself that I STILL haven’t found a face mask that works best for me in the classroom. We will have many mitigation measures in place when we return to school, including masks, testing and 3 feet distancing, and thankfully reported vaccination rates are high among staff and student population alike. I haven’t been able to get hold of any K95 masks, so I’ll be trying out these from Rhone.

The Watch: Timex Weekender Chronograph 40mm Watch – $48.86. I love this watch so much, I have one in green and one in blue. Our block schedule is named after our school colors so we have green days and blue days. Yes, you’ve guessed it. I wear my green watch on green days and the blue watch on blue days. I pair the watch with a military nylon strap similar to these.

The Travel Mug: Fellow 16oz Carter Move Mug – $35. Fellow love coffee more than me. This travel mug has all the features I’m looking for including a locking lid that eliminates liquid mishaps. They promise customers a ‘your-bag-is-not-getting-wet’ guarantee. I ordered a limited edition one in green…because of course I would. I have a code for 15% off of your first purchase, so treat yourself!

The Audiobook: Chris Voss. Never Split the Difference – $17.99 (hardback). I subscribed to Masterclass during the year and am loving the high quality online classes. Now that I have had the chance to watch a few, I can officially DJ your next wedding (thanks to Questlove) and I can cook you a beef wellington (courtesy of Gordon Ramsay). If you are ever held hostage by terrorists I can negotiate your release having watched the awesome Chris Voss, former FBI lead hostage negotiator. In fact I loved his class so much, I have lined up his audiobook as the first thing I’ll listen to now that my 70 minute(!) commute has returned. Life is a series of negotiations you should be prepared for: buying a car, negotiating a salary, buying a home, renegotiating rent, deliberating with your partner. Taking emotional intelligence and intuition to the next level, Never Split the Difference gives you the competitive edge in any discussion. I have a Masterclass code for a 7-Day guest pass here for you.

If you enjoyed this post, please check out the awesome Dappered as they do this often, and give great fashion advice much better then I can. I hope your return to school goes well, and that whatever you are wearing…you have a great 2021/22.

Great back-to-school blog posts that you will LOVE, include:

Building Your Health Curriculum by Amy Prior

5 Tips for Better Sleep. Perfect for your transition back to waking to an early alarm!

Advice to a New Teacher. Starting your teaching career? Check this out from Renee Reedhardt.

Finally, Amy Dawson shared a powerful poem that you simply MUST read and share, in A Poem About Stories.

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