Everyone probably has one teacher that they remember more clearly than the rest — one they idolized a bit, perhaps? Or someone that made an impact on them in some way. Mine was my third grade teacher.
I always wanted to be a teacher. I played school from the time I was in preschool all the way into middle school; it was my favorite childhood pastime. But it was my third grade teacher who I remember most clearly — not because she was a fantastic teacher, although maybe she was… but what I remember is how pretty she was and how she always dressed so stylishly. For 1985, that is.
She had shoulder-length brown hair that she would either wear in a low ponytail or with the top and sides pulled back into a bow. I couldn’t wait to get to school each morning and see how she was wearing it that day. And she was always dressed impeccably in the preppy styles that were in vogue at the time.
What I remember most distinctly is that she had those 80s canvas espadrille wedge pumps that she wore several days a week.
I loved those shoes. I thought they were so sophisticated and lovely. I was too young to want a pair for myself, but I always admired the on her.
Funny thing — I ended up going to college for elementary education and teaching third grade for several years before I “retired” to be at home with my kids.
You can only imagine my delight when I discovered these throwback canvas espadrille wedges selling in J.Crew stores this season!
I wasted no time ordering a pair. The only question in my mind was, red or black??? Or gold??? I love all three.
I decided to go big or go home, and I ordered the red ones. The vast majority of shoes in my closet are shades of neutrals, so I decided these shoes needed to be a fun color.
I was afraid I wouldn’t find anything to wear them with, but happily, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ve already worn them several times, and I’ve only had them for a couple weeks.
I was also afraid they wouldn’t be comfortable, or I’d have a hard time walking in them, so I was thrilled to discover how comfortable they are.
This top is from White House Black Market, and it’s on sale for over 50% off. It makes such a nice closet basic for spring and summer because you can layer it under a cardigan or denim jacket, but it’s also special enough to stand alone.
I love the fit of this top, the way it skims the body without clinging, and the jersey material is a really nice quality. It’s thin enough that you don’t need to wear a tank underneath, but it’s super soft and comfortable.
The neckline is perfect too — low and wide enough to be flattering, but not enough to cause modesty issues. Plus the rivets on the sleeves are a fun detail.
In yesterday’s newsletter, I talked about what makes one piece of clothing higher quality than another less expensive option. This top is a good example of a higher quality tee. The material feels luxe, the fit is fantastic, and the extra details dress it up a bit. It’s well worth the price — especially this sale price!
The only thing I don’t love about it is the curved hemline, but I did a front-tuck and it works out just fine. For size reference, I have the small.
I wore red earrings to coordinate with my shoes. When I wear a neutral outfit with a pop of color, I like to repeat the color somewhere else if I have a piece that works, and in this case, these earrings were perfect.
Unfortunately they’re sold out, but I like this pair a lot or maybe even more. I keep meaning to order a pair.
This is an outfit I’ll wear to church, to lunch with friends, or to a school event for the kids. I love how it’s understated and classic but modern, and the pops of red keep it fun.
See other ways I’ve worn black jeans for summer.
photo credit: Alison Cornell
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