Post # 1
So I am student teaching this semester and the transition from college student to a professional is proving to be tough for me in the wardrobe department. I will be teaching elementary art, so I want to dress for the job (i.e. not ruin nice clothes with things that may stain), but I also want to look professional.
A specific question that I have is this: I just bought a pair of dress pants, but they have a blue jean appearance. They do not have real pockets and they have a crease down the front of the leg. They are actually these pants http://www.charlotterusse.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11414063&cp=4078198.4238870′ defer=’defer
Would these appear to be professional for occasional daily wear or should I reserve them for jean Fridays only? I really like them because I can wear any color shoe with them.
Post # 3
The cut, style, and pleating is very professional looking and I think the pants would be versatile and comfortable. I like them a lot.
Post # 4
Those totally look like dress pants.
It’s good that you want to dress professionally as a student teacher and one starting out and that’s a great idea. But let me tell you, every year you are a teacher you will probably get more and more casual!
It also depends somewhat on the school, but at my school people wear yoga pants, hoodies and runners all the time! I feel dressed up when I wear jeans and flats!
Just take your cues from the other people you work with once you’ve been teaching for awhile.
Post # 5
Those look cute and not at all what I was expecting. As soon as I read that they have a blue jean appearance, I was immediately skeptical; however, after looking at them, I think they’re fine.
To be honest, I would dress on the more professional side for the first couple of weeks until you get an idea of how the rest of the staff dresses. When I started teaching, I dressed professionally every day, even though other teachers dressed more casually, until I felt really comfortable with what the administration thought was acceptable for work attire.
I’m not sure how it works in your school district, but in the district I worked in, the administration wasn’t allowed to mandate a ‘dress code’ so to speak, but dressing professionally definitely paid off in terms of respect given by the administrators, students, and other staff.
Post # 6
Those are a trouser cut jean. They are trouser cut- aka cut like dress pants. But they are also demin- aka jeans material. So if the school you are student teaching at has a no jeans/denim policy they are out except for casual day.
Post # 7
“But let me tell you, every year you are a teacher you will probably get more and more casual!”
@MademoiselleL: Agree!!! It was amazing to see the difference in dress between those who had been teaching for 1year vs the style of dress for the 20+ year teaching veterans! I guess when you have tenure, you don’t worry so much about the little things! 🙂
Post # 8
I think that these look professional, but if the school has a no jean policy they might bust you. I personally think that teachers should be able to wear jeans everyday if they want. I think that students, especially teenagers, tend to respond more opening and listen more attentively to someone that the respect, but also feel is not ‘better’ than them. if that makes any sense…
Post # 9
I agree, it makes sense to wait and get a feel for how the other teachers are dressing and specifically how my teacher is dressing. I didn’t even think about them looking unprofessional when I bought them, but I think I may hold off on them for the first week or so. I may wear them this Friday and ask my teacher what she thinks. At this school on Fridays you have to pay a dollar to wear jeans, so not sure if those would qualify or not.
And I totally get what some of you are saying about teachers becoming more casual as they get more experience. I think school climate and how the principal dresses plays a role in that too.