Dress for Success

Quick Tip: Dress for Success

Dressing for Success can be a touchy topic.  We are here to be a support to you by saying what is not often said to individuals.  Since we are all colleagues we will be more honest out of kindness and respect.  Oprah eloquently states, “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” When a teacher dresses professionally it gives the impression that they value their profession and what they do.  This in turn, evokes respect from their students.  Professional attire varies considerably and does not need to break the bank.  Have a few pairs of classic dress pants or shirts that are easily interchangeable with dress shirts or blouses.  Dress skirts should never be shorter than an inch above the knee, but they should preferably be longer.  Shorts should be reserved for the PE coach unless they are dress shorts.  Many teachers wear a collared shirt with the school’s logo.  Try to refrain from denim.  If you do wear it, dress it up.  Ladies–Try to wear a necklace and earrings.  If you wear open-toed shoes please make sure your feet are clean and manicured.  Gentlemen please strongly consider wearing a dress shirt and tie or collared shirt and dress pants.  Please maintain your hair and make sure that you have brushed your teeth or have a mint if you will be working in close proximity to your students during learning time.  Remember we are some of our students’ greatest models and the way that we present ourselves is the first step to earning their respect.


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