Many believe that teacher attire, following the larger cultural trend of increasingly casual dressing, has lost its sense of style. Mary Lou Andre, author of Ready to Wear: An Expert's Guide to Choosing and Using Your Wardrobe, shares with EducationWorld some strategies that can help keep educators looking sharp in the classroom.
Andre believes that business-casual dress can work, if teachers put the emphasis on the “business” part of the term.
View your outfit as a business communications tool.
|For men, business casual is a little easier to accomplish.|
Your outfit speaks loudly about your professionalism. Make sure whatever you wear is wrinkle-free, in good repair, and pulled together with unifying elements such as matching belts and shoes.
Stand out, but blend in.
A neat, tied-together look will help you stand out. Too much jewelry or t-shirts with logos will also help you stand out, but not in a positive way.
Set proper business boundaries.
Make sure your outfits provide proper coverage at the neckline and hemline. In a business setting, opt for nylons and closed-toe footwear rather than flip-flops or other casual shoes.
Fortunately, going business casual is often a simple matter of mixing a new, informal piece or two with your existing everyday business wear.
|Women find achieving business casual a little more difficult.|