Before I started shopping I hit up my girl Pinterest for a little inspiration. Pinterest can be your best friend or your worst enemy . . . in this case, my wallet's worst enemy. I had a general idea of my style, but Pinterest really helped me zero in on key pieces I needed to achieve the look I wanted.
This was my plan for my super-casual, teacher wardrobe:
Ankle pants, cords, and swing dresses
Basic flats, boots, and booties
Stripes, plaid, and chambray shirts
Cardigans and sweaters
Military jacket and puffy vests
Scarves . . . really great scarves!!!
I soon realized that I could find most of the things on my list at Old Navy, Gap, Loft, Target, and thredUP (my absolute favorite online consignment shop).
I decided to head to Old Navy first because of the selection and low prices. I instantly fell in love with Old Navy's pixie pants and made one of the best decisions of my life by purchasing the burgundy and navy ones. OMG . . . I wear both colors at least once a week. The ankle length is great with t-strap sandals and flats during warmer months, and they even look nice tucked into my tall boots. You can't even begin to imagine my excitement when I realized that I could continue wearing them into the winter : ) seriously loving these pants!!!
Now I feel creative and proud in the morning when I'm able to create a different look by switching up one or two details in my outfit. I have an endless amount of possibilities because almost everything in my closet "fits" together . . . like a runway fashion show that tells a story . . . except my closet's story might be titled, "I'm a Mom, so I care, but there's only so much time and energy I'm going to put into this mess."