I took these pics to show you how i dress down a more OTT outfit to a more mature and teacher-y coord. I took of the bows and pony tails to instead add a beret. All extra accessories stayed at home and so did the poofiest petticoats. Being able to move freely is the most important of course.
These two coords i also wore to work, one inspired by old school and one by otome kei. Both these outfits were super comfortable! I wore my sweet cream house jsk by Angelic Pretty as a skirt so it got a bit longer, and also a lot easier to move in since i'm a bit too big for it otherwise. I also like to add accent ribbons in another color to my dresses to tie in some other colors! These red ribbons were attetched to a baby JSK but they were falling off so i removed them and sewed safety pins on them, so now i can wear them on any dress!
Last but not least, i like to experiment with my hair when i go to work too! I love these cherry clips, i use them almost every day. i got them on ebay for super cheap, i ordered about 20 pairs, haha! Dont be afraid to try braids or learn new ways of doing your hair on youtube etc. Have fun!