My friend Reggie of Serendipitous Disaster recently wrote in a post that if teachers would dress more like student’s bosses and less like their moms, then they might get more respect.
I tend to agree. However, we all know many would disagree. After bringing this very subject up yesterday during a training, several teachers agreed with me, while others disagreed. They stood firm in their stance that they are more confident in jeans and a t-shirt. This may be, but what I wanted to ask was if they would want to work for a principal who wore jeans and a t-shirt, or vote for a presidential candidate in such. I realize teaching isn’t exactly the presidency, but we are role models for young people, who often have a very small pool of adults to look up to.
Obviously I’ve never been the wrinkled khakis type, and I’m not about to go around wearing a suit to teach 4th grade. However, I do want to make a commitment to be as professional as I can; without sacrificing personal style, moveability, and my paycheck.
That being said, I felt good about today’s decision. Stylish, a little bit fun, functional, warm, but still a look that says professional dress. I don’t know about you, but I feel more confident when dressing professionally, and that may be the biggest factor in my ability to lead (or at least attempt) a room full of hellions.
Button Down: Express
Scarf: Old Navy
Bow Belt: Anthro