In terms of fashion and style, female teachers are in an invidious position. Women like to look good but as an authority figure, you have to balance a fine line between looking like a stripper and a character from a Bronte sister’s novel. While the weekend look will not go down well with your department, dressing like Jane Eyre will do your confidence no good whatsoever. You gaze enviously at your male counterparts who can get away with the trousers and casual shirt/sweater combination, if only it was so easy for the girls!

So how do you balance style with professionalism? You don’t have to turn up to class looking like a stern lawyer in a trouser suit you know! Wearing jeans with a stylish top is allowable, so long as it is not too low cut. A good item of clothing to have in your closet is a pair of black pants. These provide what is known as a ‘neutral’ look and are also very comfortable to wear. However, you need to ensure that what you’re wearing is neither too tight nor revealing. The last thing you need is to encourage a schoolboy crush and there is little more embarrassing than being cautioned for wearing ‘inappropriate’ clothing.

This leads to the dangers of trying to be the ‘hot teacher’. First of all, this is just plain wrong and secondly, it can be an absolute disaster. All over the country you see teachers trying to look sexy and all they manage to do is look like mutton dressed as lamb. The aforementioned tight outfits and cleavage-revealing tops leave little to the imagination and worst of all, such outfits only serve to undermine whatever authority you may have. If your class see you as some sad middle-aged woman dressed as a pole dancer, they are not very likely to give you due respect. At the end of the day, you are there to educate them, not to show off your sexy body. And once you have gained this reputation, it becomes very hard to shake it off and it could also affect chances of promotion.

Even if your school has some sort of strict dress code, this doesn’t mean that you cannot add a little sparkle to your outfit with the aid of accessories. Unless you work in a convent or your jewelry has some sort of offensive design, there is nothing to stop you adding a necklace or bracelet to your get up. Just try to avoid looking like Mr. T and you should be fine!

It isn’t easy trying to dress well and in a professional manner at the same time but it can be done with a bit of effort. There are a myriad of options out there that will make you look attractive yet classy. Never try and pull off the hot teacher look and don’t be afraid to use your jewelry collection to make an impression. After all, isn’t that why you bought them in the first place?