From the Runway to Recess With Anna in NYC!

Hello to all of you amazing and hard working teachers out there! Today we are going to shake things up a bit. Instead of talking about the 3 R's...Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic we are going to take a moment to discuss the 3 F's...Fashion, Fabulous-ness and Fendi! Hmmm... let's swap Fendi out with aFFordable, or Fit, or maybe Fresh? You get my point!  My name is Anna and I am Joey's long lost,  but newly found  (Thank you social media)  friend from high school! I met Joey in 9th grade. We both had huge hearts, a love of art, makeup, shopping and all things sparkly! We clicked instantly and although we attended rival schools we were joined at the hip for the next 4 years. We even decided to go to the same college together. To be honest I may not be where I am today if it weren't for Joey. She is the one who took me on a college tour to Mercyhurst where we checked out the fashion program together, applied, got accepted and bought matching lavender and powder blue EVERYTHING for our dorm room! Her true calling was to be a teacher, so she didn't stay and sadly we grew apart but God had her guide me there and my life wouldn't be the same without that guidance. So Thank you Joey and thank you God (Social Media can't get all the credit) for bringing us back together so many years later! 

I'd like to take a minute to tell you about myself so you can feel comfortable listening to fashion advice from a girl who wore a gold top and animal print spandex skirt to her high school graduation...(PS I totally pulled it off and got voted best dressed of my senior class..Joey can vouch!) I graduated from Mercyhurst College with a BS in Fashion Merchandising as well as an associate degree From FIT in New York City. I've been in the fashion industry for the past 10 years working as a production intern, assistant buyer, store manager and now a senior account executive at a luxury Swiss and Italian trim supplier here in the Big Apple. I work with designers like Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, and Alexander Wang in which I help them create beautiful custom trims for their fashion lines. I've lived in New York for the past 8 years and I've also traveled to Paris and Italy a time or two. Although I work with  these Fancy Shmancy designers I couldn't possibly afford to wear all of their clothes but I do a great job playing the part at a fraction of the cost. I also keep my wardrobe fashionable yet comfortable because I'm always traveling around the city and on my feet. Try walking on subway grates in heels...bad idea. So are you ready to trust me yet? Let's do this!

My purpose for this post is to walk you through 5 spring fashion trends that were seen all over the runways and "teach" you how to fit them into your every day school attire. The trends I chose include: Pastels, Wide Leg Pants, Geometric Prints, Black and White, and Floral. These will carry over easily from the runway to the classroom and are flexible enough to take you to happy hour or into the weekend. I steered clear from other spring trends like crop tops, white on white, and see-through sheer fabrics which weren't so classroom appropriate. (I mean, if you feel the need to rock a sheer white crop top to a party over the weekend by all means, go for it, just don't post pics on Facebook and definitely don't tell anyone I gave you that piece of fashion advice! lol) Anyway, it's been a LONG winter and I'm sure you are just as eager as I am to break out your dresses and sandals so let's get started and hopefully I can add a little spring to your step when you walk into your classroom these next few months, even if you are just making up snow days! 

Survival of the fashionably fittest.

What would spring be without shades of baby pink, pale yellow and soft greens and blues?! The runways were swarming with these heatherd hues and I couldn’t be more excited!  After hiding from the Vortex in dark sweaters and heavy coats I’m ready to lighten up! To freshen the look mix and match pastels like DKNY did or pair it with neutrals like a smokey gray as seen by Rebecca Taylor…My favorite is adding a pop of an unexpected bright color like kelly green or coral!

from the runway...
                        DKNY                                   Rebecca Taylor                                  Burberry recess.

This pale yellow spring jacket from Zara would brighten anyone’s day! Wear it with skinny jeans on the weekend or over a dress to work. Zara $159

Wear this sheath dress with a neutral blazer like black, white gray or nude. Or you can cover up with a pastel pink or yellow cardigan and nude flats. The Limited $98

If girly pastels aren’t really your thing, try an accessory. This Long Champ zip up tote is cute, classy and will be functional as it carries your personal items to and from school. Nordstrom $95

Finally after all of these months our legs are FREE! Bare legs, skirts, dresses, and wide leg trousers have made their way back into our wardrobes! I know you are used to your skinny jeans and leggings but a breezy wide leg is flattering on so many different body shapes and are a great alternative to dresses since they give you that same airy feeling. My tall teachers can wear them with long tunics and a cinched belt or tuck in a contrasting colored blouse and pair with flats. My teachers in the vertically challenged club, including myself, should buy a higher waist pant or do a monochromatic look with the same color top as the pant to elongate their torsos and pair with a comfortable heel.  Keep it neutral with Khaki or gray like Marni and Michael Kors or dare to be different like my muse, Chanel , in pretty pastels! 

from the runway...
                              Marni                                       Chanel                                    Michael Kors recess.

Wear with a fitted top in any color you choose with a brightly colored scarf and flats or wedges if you are short. $79.95

Love this look just how  it’s pictured with a simple chambray or denim top neatly tucked in and accessorize with a scarf or necklace. Anthropologie $88

Black wide legs with a high waist are elongating. Go monochromatic with a black top and a bright colored heel to add height and contrast. A bright statement necklace would top it off Express $69.90

Let’s see if I can remember anything I learned from 8th grade Geometry class... Triangles are 3 sided, Squares are 4 sided, Circles have no sides, but you my friend, have an infamous amount of sides! Express ALL of your sides with these beautiful shapes of spring! Geometrics were seen on the spring runways in numerous sizes, colors and combinations. Use what I have already taught you and go for pastel hexagons or black and white polka dots. This is a trend you can have a lot of fun with so get crazy and enjoy it! You’ve earned it…fair and “square!” (giggle) 

from the runway...

                     Sass and Bibe                               Alice and Olivia                          Clover Canyon recess.

Pair these window pane ankle pants with a simple T in a bright color then add a black cardigan or blazer and a fun statement necklace. Ann Taylor $89

This diamond print blouse has the cutest pom pom detailing in the front! Wear it tucked into a black skirt and a pair of colorful flats. For night unbutton it a bit and slip on some red heels and bright lipstick! Loft $59.50

Cute geometric cut out oxfords will look great with a shirt dress or colored ankle pants. Wear them with bright socks if you dare! Anthropologie $79

I know I’ve been preaching color for spring but you can’t get anymore crisp and clean than this classic color combo! I live in New York therefore 97% of my wardrobe is black.  Something tells me that a lot of you may have this same magnetism toward black clothing. If that’s the case, this trend is easy because you probably already own pieces that you can combine and BOOM…spring trend #3 is conquered without even leaving the house! Or, if you need an excuse to shop (I mean who doesn’t?) jazz up your go to black dress with a new white blazer…oooorrr just splurge and buy EVERYTHING new! (Guilt be gone! Consider anything black or white investment pieces! The cost per wear will pay off, I promise!)  If you need to add a splash of color… DO IT! Add a bright accessory like a citrus shoe or (here we go  again with the pastels) a touch of blush pink like Rag and Bone did on the runway. 

from the runway...
                           DKNY                                      Rachel Zoe                               Rag and Bone recess.

I am NOT big on stripes. They look great on a hanger but 90% of the time they look far less flattering on. If you aren’t 6 foot and 135 lbs wear stripes sparingly or across safe areas of your body. This shift dress is slimming because the stripes are at the bottom. Wear with tights or bare legs and flats or ankle boots. 
Kohls $63

I love animal prints! This one is safe to wear to work with slacks and a jacket to break up the print but for happy hour let loose and wear it with white jeans or tucked in a mini with a bright coral lips and a cobalt blue clutch! Ann  Taylor $79

Deal of the day! Lauren Conrad’s line at Kohl’s is great. You can get away with less expensive pieces in neutral colors because they won’t look as cheap. This jacket would top off any black, printed or colored dress, blouse or skirt or jeans. Wear day or night. Kohls $35!

Do you know the feeling of pure excitement when you finally see that tiny purple crocus popping out from the cold damp earth in the early weeks of spring? I LOVE that feeling! To me, that flower is telling me that warm, sunny days are ahead which puts a HUGE smile on my face. Why not put a smile on YOUR face and add a little, or a lot of floral print into your spring wardrobe. There is no rule on what flower to wear this spring or where the placement should be. Floral dresses, blouses and skirts are probably the most common but you can also show off those posies with a poppy printed skinny pant or an abstract bouquet on a jacket like the designers showed on the runway. Floral handbags and shoes are also fun and unexpected or wrap yourself in a tropical printed scarf. The options are endless. Channel your inner flower power and watch yourself bloom!

from the runway...
                   Oscar de la Renta                                 Tahari                                          Miu Miu recess.
Mod cloth is my go to for fun dresses. This cutie has a fun floral and bubble print! Safe for work with a cardigan and belt but also sweet for a date, baby shower or a day shopping.  Pair with cute oxfords, flats or peep toe pumps.  Modcloth  $49.99

Wear these flirty floral skinny pants with a loose longer blouse or lightweight sweater in black, white or a color in the print. Pair with ankle boots for work and heels at night. Club Monaco $99

Soften a tough piece like a bomber with florals. Bombers are having a major moment right now. Throw it over a solid dress and flats for work and pair with a tank and cute shorts with heels for a night out. 
ASOS $75

Well, what did you guys think??!  Did she do a good job?  I think she did a wonderful job!  I had such a great time seeing how we can adapt high fashion to our chalk board and text book worlds!  If you enjoyed reading Anna's classroom fashion forecast for the spring, stay tuned, because we'll be doing it again for the fall fashion season!  Thank you, old friend...xoxo!!

Now, let's end with a funny blast from the past!  Don't laugh too hard!  Okay, maybe a little...hehe!  We had so much fun!


  1. You two are (and were) adorable! Loved this post and can't wait to rock those wide leg pants, for sure!
    Smiles - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

    1. Haha!! Thanks, Lisa! I LOVE the wide legged pants, too!

  2. Oh I love this post. I adore it to be quite honest.
    Teacher to the Core

    1. Aww, I'm so glad you like it, Katie! It was so much fun!!


  3. LOVE this post! I'm a bit of a shopaholic and now I have new inspiration!
    Rowdy in First Grade

    1. Haha...I'm glad you liked it! Come back in late summer for a really fun forecast!

  4. I love every single thing!!! now I need more money!