There’s no denying celebrities and their stylists provide us with some top-notch fashion inspiration. Who doesn’t love poring over Taylor Swift‘s latest two-piece ensemble or Lupita N’yongo‘s parade of glorious awards show gowns?
Yet when you’re a mere mortal with a day job that doesn’t involve sashaying down red carpets, those A-list looks aren’t quite as wearable. Out here in non-celebrity land, we need our fashion to be a little more functional — not to mention affordable.
This is precisely why Alex Paterson, a Brisbane primary school teacher and stylist, is our current style crush.
In 2014 Paterson decided to put her fashion and styling intel, which she'd gleaned through working at chain stores throughout uni, to good use by launching her website What The Teacher Wears.
Her aim is to help women create stylish work and everyday outfits without blowing a hole in their savings. As she writes on her website, who says you can’t be fabulous between the hours of nine and five?
Paterson is now a qualified fashion stylist, and her work has grown quite the following — at the time of writing, her Instagram profile has more than 30,000 fans and her Facebook community is 7000-strong.
It's not hard to see why; this is a lady who knows how to put a chic, simple outfit together (she has serious layering skills) and has a great eye for a bargain buy.
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Here are 10 of our favourite looks from What The Teacher Wore and what we've learned for them.
What can we say? Some people just have a knack for teaching.
1. All black everything.
See? Black on black doesn't have to be boring. Consider this your new work uniform.