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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

When the Big Wigs Come

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I've shared with you before that I dress professionally just about every day for work.
I feel like it truly sets a tone in my classroom and creates an environment where students naturally respect me and look up to me as opposed to seeing me as an equal.

Don't get me wrong, I want them to relate to me, but I also want them to recognize the boundaries between us.  One way I choose to do this is by dressing professionally.

These days girls are wearing much more makeup than I did in middle school and a lot of my students are bigger than me.  If I wear certain clothing, I blend right in!

Particularly when we have something major happening  (i.e. big wigs visiting for our Persuasive Platform) I make sure to dress in professional attire.

I want my students to see how, as much as we wish it didn't, what we put on our bodies says a lot about ourselves.  Sometimes our personal style sends the wrong message.  When we want to be taken seriously, we must look the part.


Blazer: Lauren Conrad for Kohl's, Dress: Van Heusen (old, option 1, option 2), Tights: Walmart,
Heels: Dr. Scholl's via Brown Shoe Closet (these look comfy), Jewelry: bridesmaid gift
I like to think that by dressing this way, I am paving the way for the young women who come through my room to do the same for themselves.  So many girls think they must wear inappropriate clothing to get attention.  What they don't realize is that the attention they receive from those clothes is negative attention.  I hope I can be an example for them.

After all,
Modest is hottest.
pleated poppy
Wardrobe Wednesday

9 comments:

  1. I love the look! And as a teacher, I completely agree. That is why I love that the kids in my school district must wear uniforms. I think it conveys a message that they are dressed professionally, I'm dressed professionally and it's work time, not play time.

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  2. You are so right. Thank you for setting a good example!

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  3. amen to that! i always tried to dress professionally when i was a teacher! you look classy!

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  4. i so agree and ya know what? thank you for that because for the most part all my littles teachers are all very professional in that realm. however, my son (middle little) has a female teacher that is a little on the older side and seriously her outfits are very unprofessional. he said that she even changes when it's a back to school night, open house or a function for parents to a more appropriate outfit. so, she is obviously aware it's not appropriate.
    you look great, professional and still "in the know" for fashion and i'm sure you do get the respect from them.
    happy i found you today- come visit when you have a minute www.kendrakaypahukoa.blogspot.com and thanks again for setting a great example for girls and boys.

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  5. Love this! Definitely a great teacher look!

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  6. Love the color and fit of the blazer!

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  7. Aww! You must be the best example of a teacher out there! You go girl!

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  8. ha ha Modest is Hottest - love it!! This is a gorgeous and very professional outift. Thanks for being a Wardrobe Weds player this week.

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  9. I agree too! And I'm not one to wear blazers, but I really like that one you're wearing and in such a pretty shade too!

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