As a future teacher, I can’t help but notice that teachers are labeled as fashion DON’TS. This not only annoys me (I love fashion and beauty), but kind of hurts. Why are teachers labeled as some freaky nerd woman from the 50s, or a teacher from the 1800s who looks hard, tough, and let’s face it: beige. TEACHERS! (and future teachers): stand up for fashion! Be stylish, be professional, and most of all be yourself in the classroom.
Don’t think that you can’t be casual and professional. On a jeans day try wearing cute boots, or a pair of flats and a dressy top. You don’t want to look like one of the students (I got asked where I thought I was going when trying to leave the school!).
Do have a pair of black pants or khaki/brown pants, if your school has a strict dress code for teachers. Private schools tend to have higher expectations than a public school. These neutrals are a staple in any wardrobe and can pull together any outfit and make it look more professional.
Do use accessories! Funky necklaces or bracelets can add some spunk to any outfit. If you’re in a private school they can help you express your personality without violating a dress code.
sexy teacher fantasy? let the kids picture this on their own time!
Don’t try to be the hot teacher. I’ve seen this happen and CRASH AND BURN. I’ve seen it when I was a high school student, and I’ve seen it during my field work at the high school.
Do invest in a cardigan. For two reasons: they’re totally in this fall, and they’re light enough to keep you warm in a cold school, and you won’t be hot in a warm school. They’re perfect for in between seasons, and they look adorable!
Do carry a big bag! Blacks and browns compliment every outfit and hold all of your stuff. You’re going to need it toting lesson books, grade books, pens, pencils, and all of those extra handouts for your students who lose them.
As I begin to embark on yet another journey I refuse to only allow myself to wear black. I must have looked like I was going to a funeral every time I walked into the school. I will not settle for wearing bland clothes, and I will not accept that teachers are looked at as fashion victims! I’m rocking some new styles for my teaching work this semester and I plan to look professional (and stylish) while doing it!