Hello Fellow AtoZ’ers, I am starting my first year teaching at a boys’ high school where the written dress code puts general emphasis on looking “professional,” and is not all too specific. With the limited financial means that I have, I purchased a teaching wardrobe centered mostly on navy blue and black dress slacks with coordinated blouses. My goal is to look conservative because I am one of the few female employees in my school, and the student population is comprised of teenage boys. All of the administrators are men, and most of the teachers here are men too. Last Friday, the few females who work here, myself included, were separately spoken to by the principal and “strongly encouraged” to wear dress skirts Mondays through Thursdays, with the “option" of dress slacks on Fridays even though the preference remains on dress skirts. Our principal said the administration is working toward “tightening up the dress code” and “raising the general standards of appearance.” Adherence to the dress code is part of our review upon which we are judged. If that’s not enough, here’s the kicker – we also have to wear pantyhose with skirts even in this heat! The men will now be "encouraged" to wear jackets and ties so there is equal misery to go around, apparently. I left our meeting feeling pressured to change my wardrobe even though I would feel much more comfortable in the dress slacks I purchased. I don't mean for this to sound like I am whining - I really am not. I am grateful to have this job and am looking forward to giving it my all. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.