Skinny jeans…yay or nay?

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
3736 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I think the two extremes of skinny jeans and a nice pair of trouser jeans (with a more flared leg) look great dressed up with a blazer, blouse, and pointy toe flats or heels.

Post # 3
276 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

catmom17 :  if jeans are acceptable you can definitely dress them up! Shoes are an important part of the “dressed up jeans outfit” and usually something with a heel elevates the look of your jeans. And some pretty jewelry!


Post # 4
1042 posts
Bumble bee

catmom17 :  I really like Bannana Republic Skinny Sculpted jeans. You can go to their outlet factory stores and get them fairly cheap ($30ish).

Post # 5
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I think dark wash, skinny jeans are great! They are easy to dress up and I think they look great with a heel.

I’m not sure, however, that I would wear them to teach. I think at many universities, you’ll find regular faculty teaching in all kinds of outfits.The same may not go for graduate students. Doctoral students who teach are often not many years older than some of their students, so I think it pays to look professional. Additionally, in general, it pays to look professional at the university, even on your more casual days. People in my department could be seen in varying work-wear- and some were more casual than others, but they were tenured faculty who had probably earned the right to dress up or down. When I was teaching as a doctoral student, though, I would never have worn jeans.  


Post # 6
3582 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

catmom17 :  I’m also a PhD student and have been teaching for years. Academia is pretty casual (and in fact there’s been research showing that students actually rate teachers as better and more effective when they dress casually versus when they dress up). I wear dark skinny jeans a lot just because they’re pretty neutral and go with anything. I wouldn’t worry about being business casual for teaching – it’s actually not in your best interest!

Post # 7
691 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

I only taught for one semester during my PhD, and it was a lab course, but FWIW most days I wore dark or black skinny jeans with a blouse or sweater and some sort of jacket. And I was still better dressed than my students and the rest of my department. 

If jeans are common in your department then I wouldn’t try too hard to overdress. I think blazers and pointy-toed flats or heels are a great way to dress up jeans and distinguish yourself from the students. 

Post # 8
5120 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I taught as a PhD student, but I always taught lab courses, so heels or even ballet flats were not allowed for safety reasons. And we wore lab coats so blazers didn’t really make sense (I’m also in FL so a million layers really isn’t practical). I mostly just wore jeans with sneakers and a nicer top. That said, if I weren’t teaching in a lab, I would probably opt for flats rather than sneakers. I would say that most of the professors in my department wore jeans or khakis and business casual shirts. Blazers were very rare. But this was biology, where you’re in and out of labs all day, I imagine in a business program the attire would be much more dressed up.

Post # 9
955 posts
Busy bee

I think dark skinny jeans with dressy shoes and a flowy top or blazer woud look great! 

Post # 10
1927 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I feel like skinny jeans can only be dressed up if the top is dressy or paired with a blazer, the jeans are a dark wash, and you’re wearing them with heels. As a former teacher, I wouldn’t want to wear heels to teach. 

Its easier to dress up black or dark trouser leg jeans, and I feel like they can look professional even if paired with a top and cardigan or flats. 

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