Teacher dress code.....

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  1. Pi-R-Squared

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    And almost certainly acceptable. Add some khakis and you are in business.
     
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    I went to Kohl’s today to try beige khakis and black khakis. I was not impressed with the look.
     
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    What color are those Dockers that you match with your black sneakers?
     
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Yes, sometimes. I don’t specifically go around looking at fabrics, but it is noticeable. It’s the same as noticing someone wearing rubber flip flops instead of leather sandals.
     
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    Whether you are saying khaki as a type or chinos or twill pants, the one constant is the vast differences available in colors. I personally am not a fan of the light beige, but own similar pants in many other colors. To me, your footwear is adequate, and there is nothing to worry about with that. Polo shirts with a collar meet every business casual dress code I've ever seen. If they veer off into being teeshirts because there is no collar, well, different story. I have a bad foot that requires an insert, doctor's orders, which is on file with HR. Pretty much a sneaker kind of shoe for me, no heels or pretty shoes. But no one much notices because the rest of it - nice slacks, tops, and sweaters or jackets gets me NOT noticed, and some days, that's the best you can do.

    I am guessing the tone it down comment was mostly directed at the button shirt.
     
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    You *can* get away with nice jeans if the rest of your outfit is appropriate and you're confident in the look. A shirt and tie with a sweater or vest and jeans is just fine as long as there hasn't been a no-jeans directive. Some of these are a little over-the-top fashion-wise, but the pics from this link are a place to get ideas: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/313269 . As far as polos and twill pants looking wrong to you, try adding a belt.
     
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    Viola,

    I think the key words in your post are "get away with." IMHO fashion is not where I want to use up my good will with admin.
     
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    My husband gets all of his pants from Gap and Banana Republic. They're nice without being full dress pants. He wears a button down with the sleeves rolled partway or a polo. I always think he looks really nice but isn't too dressy. Do you have an outlet mall you could check out? They sometimes have great deals!
     
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    This is the time of year for clothes sales for things like slacks - back to school is back to school for everyone! As far as jeans, where I work, they only have issues with blue denim. I have same jean, one black, one blue, and the black pair gets a thumbs up from our head honcho, while blue denim is saved for spirit day. OP, you might check and see if a similar policy is at your school. I know that my hubby wears black jeans for work because they look more professional in his opinion. I will say that they don't seem to look as worn as early as the blue, so that might be an option for OP.
     
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    I cycled through the same 2 pairs of jeans last year and they both look raggedy. No holes but getting fresh looking pairs would help. I could very likely get by with black jeans but they fade very quickly after a few washes. I have 3 pairs of black dress pants. Tried wearing my black sneakers with them but it didn’t look or feel right. My school colors are red, white, and black. I have many solid red polos and t-shirts. We can wear t-shirts as long as we look professional. Therefore, the jeans would be out. I just have to find some kind of pants that will match my numerous red shirts with black sneakers.

    Worst case is that I keep wearing button-up shirt with black dress pants and black dress shoes. Not the end of the world. Just legs and feet are more tired earlier.
     
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    I agree with a majority of the people who responded, blue denim jeans are definitely not professional. I see a lot of the guys I work with wear polo shirts with dress pants, and they don't look "over the top". Better to be overdressed than underdressed, IMO. It's not like you're showing up to work in a three piece suit!
     
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    I like wearing the dressier stuff. Just every day makes the feet tired.
     
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    You mean the shoes themselves? Gel inserts are amazing, but you have to make sure to get arch support. My mum makes all my dress pants so that the leg is wide enough to accommodate my prosthetic. Otherwise I have to cut the leg open slightly.
     
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    Today is Meet & Greet (Wednesday is the first day of school, so today is the day where kids meet their teacher). All of our male teachers are wearing shorts as the temp today is 107! Humidity is pretty high, too, so it's H-O-T!

    If it's this hot on Wednesday, we'll have to have indoor recess, unfortunately! :(
     
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    We have PDs today and tomorrow, freshmen come back Wednesday, upperclassmen Thursday. New p catered our lunch today.
     
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    Khakis are your friend!
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    Khaki "jeans" aren't "blue jeans" but should feel as comfy.
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    I’m glad my school allows for business-casual attire and jeans because I *hate* dress pants. I find them uncomfortable and weird looking on myself, but great looking on other people. I prefer to wear a nice polo with slacks or jeans and some nice leather shoes. That, or a dress shirt, tie, and jeans with the aforementioned shoes. Sometimes I wear converse, but neutral colored and a solid color, typically black.
     
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    She makes all your dress pants? That’s impressive. Is she a tailor?
     
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    I don’t think jeans are unprofessional. You can look very professional if they are paired with, say, a nice dress shirt, tie, sweater vest, and dress shoes. Of course, they shouldn’t be bright colored or have rips or holes in them, but a solid dark blue or brown or black is fine.

    I really don’t get what the stigma is about jeans. What makes them so unprofessional?
     
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    Personally, I think the right pair of dark jeans are classy and professional, but I have never been to a school where jeans of any kind are considered professional. I guess it's just been drilled into my head that jeans are evil in college. Our professor wouldn't even let us wear jeans on casual Fridays during observations! :rolleyes:
     
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    I like your district.
     
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    Haha, I totally understand.
     
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    This is always one of those questions that severely depends on the district, school - especially admin's thoughts, and community (in some communities, there may be different societal expectations than others).

    Personally, I can't stand wearing anything less than "professional" (i.e. dress pants / button-up shirt) with the exception of field trip days for obvious reasons and sometimes our "field day".
     

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