All teachers were once students and you probably recollect at least a few teachers with horrific dress sense. As a kid, you laughed at them believing that they were clad in such dull outfits on purpose because they had no personality. Now, as a teacher yourself, you realize that certain conventions must be followed and a shriek of anguish emanates from you as you see that the person staring back at you in the mirror is dressed almost exactly like the people you once mocked. Your old teachers didn’t know it back then, but there are ways to look good but still obey the dress code set by the educational authorities.
Unless you are teaching in a private school, you are not bound to wear a dull, bland outfit that makes you look like someone from the 1950s. Most schools are pretty reasonable about what you wear so long as it is tasteful and not outside the bounds of decency. As an adult, you really have no excuse not to be able to distinguish between what is worn at the weekends and was is appropriate for work. Remember, you are the authority figure for a group of children as well as being a role model of sorts. It’s worth mentioning the fact that you’re not a teenager anymore so don’t go following the latest trends like your class.
Your primary function is to educate the children so with this in mind, don’t wear outfits that could potentially distract them. If they are focusing more on your revealed chest or on your derriere that is visible due to the tightness of your clothes then you are failing your class. Distractions also include the amount of make up your wear. If you come into school wearing as much make up as a drag queen then you will automatically lose the respect of those you teach. Also, you need to be appropriately dressed when the time comes for parent/teachers meetings.
The one thing that is most important though is comfort. The school day can be long and wearing an uncomfortable outfit is a big mistake. While you don’t want to be wearing unflattering baggy clothes, you should have well-tailored outfits that are elegant as well as being comfortable. The same rule applies for shoes. There is nothing worse than tottering around on high heels all day. These play havoc on your ankles and are not conducive to a pleasant teaching day. A pair of stylish flats are the only way to go in this instance.
So you don’t have to dress in the same way as those teachers you mocked all those years ago. You have many more choices than they had and better advice on what to wear. Fusing style with comfort is not as difficult as you think because there are so many different options available for you in any store. Your students will also respond better to your lessons if they see that you have a sense of professionalism and style.