Today's feature for the weekly Women Who Work feature is the adorable Libby from Hello Libby Dear. Libby is a fellow teacher and I love her style. She's basically a real-life Emma Pilsbury as far as style goes, and she is an absolute sweetheart. Be sure to stop by her blog--you'll love it as much as I do!
1. What is your job?
I actually have a new job! As of about three weeks ago, I am officially an assistant principal at the middle school where I have taught eighth grade writing for the past few years. I’ve arrived here by way of Teach For America and graduate school in social work, so administration at a high-performing school that serves low-income students is my dream job.
2. Do you have a dress code? How does that define how you dress to work?
At my current school, we very much believe in the “professionalization” of teaching and have a pretty high standard for dress. I am completely on board with this philosophy and look forward to, as an assistant principal, really opening up the conversation about why dressing well makes us better teachers. I wrote this post when a student told me I was her style icon!
3. What challenges do you face (from your job) in terms of style?
For men, things are pretty cut-and-dry: they must wear a tie every day. And for women—well, as we have no equivalent, we have more leeway. That works out for me because I love to experiment with fashion, and so do a bunch of the ladies I work with! However, I do think that every once in awhile, I push the limits a little too far and show up at work in a wrinkled cotton something-or-other. In my new position, I’m going to force myself to throw on a blazer on those days.
4. What are your closet staples?
I do a ton of shopping at the J. Crew outlet: always when they have crazy sales and I have some sort of additional coupon (and don’t forget J. Crew gives a 15% teacher discount!). So, I cannot live without:
· J. Crew (outlet) pencil skirts
· My favorite chambray button-down
· J. Crew (outlet) ballet flats
· My chunky faux pearl necklace