Our next guest post is from Jane, who’s a new children’s librarian. She’s learned a few things about looking cute and professional while still being comfortable and practical. Jane also has a library-themed blog — I’m thrilled she’s branching out of her comfort zone with a style post on my blog!
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Jen!
I love working with kids, but it can be sartorially challenging. As an early literacy specialist, it’s important that I dress professionally, but there’s also high probability that I’ll be covered in baby slobber and glitter glue by the end of the day. Here are some things I’ve learned about keeping my style both professional and kid-proof.
1. Think breathable
Working with kids can be a sweaty business. My storytimes are high energy, and by the end of a program I’m usually glowing. Breathable fabrics like cotton help keep me cool, and I try to avoid fabrics like hold on to moisture, like polyester.
2. Give your outfits a test run
An outfit that works when you’re sitting at your desk might not work so well during a story time. Make sure to bend over, stretch up, twist and jump around in an outfit just to make sure that you won’t show off more than you intended to during your next rendition of “Head and shoulders, knees and toes.”
3. Bend and stretch
To keep up with active kids I need to be able to move, so I seek out clothes with stretch that allow for a full range of motion. Leggings worn under dresses and tunics are stretchable, machine washable, and often inexpensive to replace. I can jump and dance with ease, comfortably bend down to reach the lowest bookshelves, participate in messy crafts and still look put-together.
4. Keep it fun!
Being a professional doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with your clothes — I love book-themed graphic tees, and the button collection on my lanyard is out of control! Let your unique personality shine through in your style and find what makes you feel comfortable and confident. When you feel good, it shows!
Be sure to check out Jane’s library-themed blog at janekwhittingham.wordpress.com!