I don’t know about you, but when I was teaching, I would have loved wearing a sweatshirt, sweatpants, torn jeans and flip-flops to work. Buuut, there was always that little voice inside of me saying, “Noooo, you can’t wear that, you’re a teacher, you need to look the part,” unless of course, it’s dress down day. That being said, we want parents, children, administrators and our community to trust that we’re mature, capable, professional, and competent. Whether we like it or not, our outward appearance should reflect that and it’s the first indication that we have these attributes. #beprofessional
Down to the nitty gritty, Here some things you should think about while choosing your duds for school.
- Comfort, Comfort, Comfort
- Your own psyche and creativity. (what appeals to you and makes you feel good)
Here are some guidelines for putting your wardrobe together to insure that you’re “Dressed for Success”. #dress4success.
Loose-Fitting and Nicely Tailored Does the Trick
If you’re shapely, ditch those tight sweaters, spandex shirts/tops as they can be quite revealing, if you get my drift. This brings to mind an old friend who was teaching SPED Middle School kids, and she always wondered why the boys wanted her to stand sideways. When she realized their reason, we both had a good laugh, they wanted to see her shapely “boobs.” Also, stay away from pants that hug your derriere, no need to accentuate your tush in the classroom.
Stay in Style, But You Don’t Have to be a Fashionista
Of course you want to be hip, but no need to be trendy and indiscriminately follow the fad of the day. You’re no longer sweet sixteen and this type of persona is definitely not professional, especially when dealing with parents and kids. Remember you need to create a wise and polished appearance. Sooo!, look through your closet for classic clothing, if you don’t have any, head to the nearest mall. Remember those button down blouses, cardigan sweaters, nicely tailored pants, skirts that aren’t too short, and dresses are just what the doctor ordered. Men look great in dress pants, khakis, nicely buttoned tucked in shirts, sweaters, and jackets. #classicclothing.
Oh, I almost forgot, no need to paint your face, light make-up works quite well for your classroom. Annnd your natural beauty will shine through.
Are You Young? Be Cautious!
No age bias here — only a reality check. Are you a new educator just starting your career? You may not look older than the teens you’re working with, it’s likely they’ll look at you as a friend, making your job harder. Unfortunately, youth doesn’t always instill confidence, so a more mature look would be helpful. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, in time the kids will respect your judgement and accept your rules, regardless of your appearance.
Poor Aching Feet, Oh My!
Those gorgeous stiletto heels look fab, but take it from one whose been there, you’ll wish you had a sensible pair of flats or a smaller heel to get you through the day. Sneakers are not the best either as they’re not the most professional looking shoe. For field trips, they’re great, if you’re so inclined to wear them. I’ve never liked wearing sneakers myself.
Leave the Glitzy Jewelry At Home
When teaching the younger grades, it’s all hands on, you’re on the floor, doing finger painting, going out on the playground… You don’t want to lose your valuable rings, or bracelets. Plain, classic and basic are your best bets.
Well with all these tips, you’re off to a great start.
Be sure to click the links below to see what my BFF from We Teach So Hard have to say about fashion, and don’t forget to listen to our podcast…