So yesterday, right before class was to start, one of my students and I had the following encounter:
She: You know, you always wear a belt around your waist when you’re in class, but you don’t dress that way when I see you in your office.
Me: Yeah, I know. Tuesdays and Thursdays when I don’t teach are my casual days.
She: You could dress like that in here, too. You don’t have to dress up for us or anything.
Me: … Well, yeah. I know. But I’ve got a lot of rule that I like to abide by for classroom attire.
She: Wait, like your own rules or someone else’s rules?
Me: Oh, well, they’re my rules. It’s a costume, you know? I feel like it’s important to dress professionally and it makes me feel more authoritative.
She and Me: (awkward laughter)
What! How did they figure this stuff out? Am I that obvious? Anyhow, it makes me want to change up my look a little, find some sort of middle ground between the casual and the overly formal. All this is compounded by the fact that I’ve just gotten word that my teaching schedule next term, in the winter, is less than ideal; I’m teaching from 7-8:20 in the evening, two days a week. And those two days? The same days I’m taking a 9 a.m. seminar. So those teaching days are really going to suck a little bit. Therefore, I’ve got some things I’ve been thinking about changing in my wardrobe and some inspiration from my pinterest that I’m drawing from.
The palettes are all pretty similar to each other, so obviously I have a look in mind, and the shapes are pretty familiar to what I know, so it’s not too much of a change. But I think these looks have a little bit of a casual polish that I’m struggling to find: not too fussy or formal, but also not sloppy or personality-less.
But let’s crowd-source this: what do you all think? Will this kind of look work for the classroom?
p.s. the outfits are all stolen from and linked to my pinterest boards and the color palettes were made here.