Q. I'm a preschool teacher and 40 something mom. But I like to be hip and trendy. I need ideas to wear to work while it is still warm. I can't bear wearing tennis shoes and capris like all the other teachers. We can't wear jeans or shorts, and most of my heels won't work on the wood chipped playground. Any ideas? I've got fall covered with tights, boots, flats, and dresses, but it's this in-between hot and cold season that has me stumped. -Still Warm in Kansas
A. Well, you certainly already own the flats that can be worn now, so slip into them. As for bottoms, you can wear cotton pants instead of jeans or shorts and how about some knee length skirts with lightweight cotton tops. And when it gets a little chillier just add a thin jacket or cardigan for recess.
Here are a few layered looks to take you through the fall:
1. Lilah shirt in satin-stripe floral, $98 at jcrew.com
2. Solid deep V-neck vest, $39.99 at jcrew.com
3. Sophie peacoat sweater, $148 at jcrew.com
4. Favorite-fit stretch vintage trouser cords, $79.50 at jcrew.com
Layer a button down top under this striped hoodie and add the fleece peacoat for chillier days on the playground .