Teacher dress code.....

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  1. Pi-R-Squared

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    Aug 11, 2018 at 1:29 PM

    Last year, after the first week, I wore blue jeans, polo, and black sneakers every day. This year we have a new P and under dress code it says, “Dress professionally.” During our 1st faculty meeting, he said it didn’t mean teachers had to be decked out but he also said teachers should be able to figure out what it means to dress professionally. He said as long as it didn’t look like we were coming straight from working out, or mowing grass, or coming from a party, we’d be ok. Of course, that doesn’t answer my question of “professional dress.” During in-service week, I wore a button-up short-sleeve shirt, black dress pants, and dress shoes. One of my co-workers told me to “tone it down.” ;). The only problem is I would do straight from that to polos and blue jeans. No middle of the road wardrobe and I can’t afford to go buy khakis or other shoes now. The PE teachers and coaches all wear shorts. That would not fly as a classroom math teacher but would polos and jeans everyday be ok?
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 1:31 PM

    Personally, I don't think jeans are professional - no matter how nice they are and that is why many schools have an agreement to wear jeans on Friday. If your P says dress professionally, I'd err on dressing too professionally rather than too casually.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 1:35 PM

    It really depends on the culture of the district. Most males in my district wear jeans every day. During these hotter months, many wear shorts to work.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    I was thinking the same. And with a new P, I’d want to stay on the good side and follow orders. I’ll end up being the over-dressed teacher on campus. I already was during in-service!
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    A couple teachers in my district get away with wearing jeans because no one says anything to them, but they really shouldn't be wearing them if they were following the dress code. Polos would be fine, but in terms of "dressing professionally", I would not count jeans as professional attire.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    If I could match my polos with pants that are not jeans along with my black sneakers, that would be ideal!
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 2:09 PM

    I agree that teachers should dress professionally. We want to be treated that way and expect the respect of our students and their parents. I dress mostly in casual dockers, button down shirt or polo, and black leather athletic shoes. I wear a tie for all functions where parents will be there: conferences, evening programs and so forth.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    And almost certainly acceptable. Add some khakis and you are in business.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    I went to Kohl’s today to try beige khakis and black khakis. I was not impressed with the look.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    What color are those Dockers that you match with your black sneakers?
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 2:39 PM

    The darker color khakis, going towards brown or green may be a better choice. There are lots of makers of pants that could fill the bill - keep looking. Honestly, where my sister lives, there are many thrift stores. She often gets stuff that is like new. Save money where you can.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Wear the polos. You can find a sale on khakis on pay day. In the meantime, err on the side of nice pants, not jeans. Black sneakers are probably fine.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    I would err on the side of caution and do with slacks and polos. In my opinion it's better to be over dressed than under. Once you get to know him and get a feel for what it's acceptable then you can proceed accordingly.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    If someone told me to "tone it down" I don't know what I'd do. I make a lot of my own clothes and I like dresses in a mid-century style. I don't expect others to dress like me, but I like clothes. I don't get people who wear pajama pants out to the grocery store.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    Agreed but I also have certain leeway due to the being the theater teacher and all. I mean I've walked around the school in 19th century clothing, 18th... Etc.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    I have a leg length discrepancy which is fixed by having one of my shoes lifted. Unfortunately, it costs $80 extra every time I buy shoes so I don't own many. Thus, black dress and black sneakers are my only options.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 4:53 PM

    I guess what she was saying was that I was overdressed in short-sleeve dress shirt, dress pants and shoes. I'll likely go back and try on those black khakis and to really see how it looks.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    I don't really understand what the exact difference between khakis and dress pants is? I thought khaki referred to the color. And my quick Google search only reinforced that belief... But anyways I'd say slacks and a polo should be fine.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Khaki is a color. Twill is the type of fabric most people are referring to when they say khakis.

    My DH has khaki dress slacks. He wears those same pants in khaki, black, gray, and navy.

    I don’t like the color khaki, so I don’t own anything that color. I also don’t like twill pants. They are too causal for most of my shirts and shoes.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Is the thread of your pants something that is overly noticed by others? I don't think I've ever had single occasion to pay attention to someone else's pants' threads... Nor do I think my own have ever been commented on.
     

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