February 27, 2017
In a perfect world, a person would be judged at their workplace based solely on the quality of their work. Unfortunately, that’s not how the world works. Being a high school teacher I feel a lot of pressure to look my best every day because there are so many eyes on me. Kids are extremely observant. They notice EVERYTHING. If you get a haircut, they'll notice. If there's a stain on your clothes, they'll notice. Whatever is different or new about you, they'll notice. Maybe I'm being paranoid but if I have a snack during the break, I'll look in the mirror to see if there's food in my teeth before going back to class.
What you wear reflects how you feel about your job. For me getting ready and looking the best I can every morning shows respect towards the people I work with. Like designer Tom Ford once said "dressing well is a form of good manners". And you have no idea how important it is to dress well in this job. Getting kids to like you can be hard sometimes but believe me, you can win many of them over with the appropriate clothes. For instance, they are crazy over my animal print sneakers, both boys and girls!
Here I'm wearing my new favorite pair of shoes which I paired with an all navy outfit. These sparkly patent Oxfords with platforms are anything I could wish for in a shoe. They are pretty, comfortable, add an extra height and make a statement without being too over-the-top. The laces come in red and grey so I can switch them depending of what I'm wearing, sometimes I wear one of each. I found them at a local store in my hometown and it was love at first sight. There's a region in the southeast of Spain where there are tones of great handcrafted shoe companies, that's where many of my shoes come from.
There are endless options when it comes to dressing as a teacher. You can't go wrong with classics such as blouses or blazers but there are some things you should avoid:
- really high heels
- short skirts (unless you are wearing dark thick tights like I'm doing here)
- tees with a message
- sweatpants (unless you are the PE teacher of course)
- too much leopard print
- if your favorite top is too revealing, wear it wit a scarf
In order to give you ideas to dress for this job I've created this Pinterest board with my most popular looks. I hope you'll find it helpful!
How do you dress for your job?
El Ganso blazer
Massimo Dutti top
Abercrombie & Fitch skirt
Ruth Amaya shoes
Pandora rings (right hand)
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