14 Quirky Pieces for Teachers’ Back-to-School Wardrobes

It’s that time of year again, when back-to-school commercials take over the airwaves and summer feels like it’s slipping away. But all of the school talk is focused on getting the kids ready for a new year. What about the teachers? We like new things in our closets, too.

Here’s a collection of some great geeky pieces, from dresses to phone cases, to help teachers and librarians stand out this year. Pick one special piece or blow your budget on all of them, but it’s time to let your nerdy flag fly.

Once Upon a Time cuff
Photo from shop website, used with permission.

The “literary and historically inspired jewelry” in accessoreads Etsy shop is all covetable. From the card catalog cuff to this Once Upon a Time cuff ($38), there are plenty of statement pieces here.

Heart and Solar System dress
Screenshot from Modcloth.com.

Modcloth has endless cool options for your closet, including this Heart and Solar System dress ($74.99) for a full-on Ms. Frizzle classroom moment.

Pride and Prejudice scarf
Photo © Storiarts, used with permission.

Storiarts makes gorgeous (and subtle!) book scarves, like this Pride and Prejudice infinity scarf ($42). Check them all out, truly fabulous.

Periodic Table skirt
Photo © Go Follow Rabbits, used with permission.

It’s no secret here that Go Follow Rabbits makes amazing skirts. The Periodic Table Full Skirt ($45.99) is perfect for the classroom.

Banned Books pouch
Photo © Out of Print, from website.

It’s always helpful to have a nice big pouch to keep in your school bag for pencils, makeup, money, whatever. Out of Print’s Banned Books Canvas Pouch ($12) shows your solidarity with great misunderstood works of literature, too.

Star Print Tights
Photo from www.trendylegs.com.

Twinkly, sparkly Zohara Star Print Tights ($35.95) take away the sting of that snow day that never arrived.

Pencil Me In flat
Screenshot from Modcloth.com.

Jeffrey Campbell’s Pencil Me In flats ($99.99) might be a splurge on a teacher’s budget, but they are just crying out to be worn for Back to School Night.

William Shakespeare scarf
Photo © Tartx, used with permission.

Brainy and chic. Tartx’s William Shakespeare In the Stars scarf ($19) hits both points.

Notebook Paper Graphic Shoes
Photo by ShopJustWish, used with permission.

The Notebook Paper Graphic shoes ($29.95) from ShopJustWish are great for class trips, football games, and Field Day.

Library Card Tote
Photo © Out of Print, from website.

Keep all your school stuff in this Library Card Tote ($20) from Out of Print.

DNA Pendant
Photo © ThinkGeek, from thinkgeek.com.

Any science lover can rock ThinkGeek’s DNA Pendant ($24.99).

World Map Printed Dress
Photo © Cruel Candy, from website.

Geography rules! And so does Cruel Candy’s World Map Printed dress ($97.51). Get yours custom fitted to your measurements and rock that classroom.

Hamlet Black Leggings

Maybe these Hamlet Black Leggings from BlackMilk ($75 AUD) are a little distracting in class, but you can still let everyone know you’re an English teacher when you’re off duty.

Kate Spade Dictionary iPhone Wallet
Photo © Kate Spade, from katespade.com.

Don’t forget your phone! It needs a new outfit, too. Kate Spade’s leather Dictionary Wallet for the iPhone 5 ($85) makes your smartphone look even smarter.

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Jackie Reeve is a Core Contributor and former Senior Editor at GeekMom. She's a librarian, a writer, and a quilt designer. She's wife to an Englishman and mom to a little geek girl, and she blogs about life and crafts at The Orange Room. Jackie's obsessed with cardigans and thinks Die Hard is the best Christmas movie there is.