I’ll be Captain Obvious for a moment. I love Fridays. I love them even more when I’m planning some weekend shopping. Most of my shopping trips end with me happily walking to my car with an armful of bags that mostly contain clothes for work.
When I worked in the private sector I dressed up for work every day and headed into the office. Then I changed careers and, somehow, my mindset as well. In my first years as a teacher, I never dressed up for work. I fell into the same trap that many women do – Thinking that it doesn’t matter what teachers wear because we’re expected to be frumpy and, really, who are we trying to impress anyway? A group of pre-teens? Hardly worth the trouble.
However, I’ve changed my attitude. I’m a woman and a professional, not a school marm teaching in a one room school house with a dirt floor. And, more importantly, I have myself to impress. To be honest, I teach better when I’m dressed up because I feel better. Yes, I teach in four inch heels. Yes, people at school tell me I’m crazy for doing so, but I love my shoes and I’m comfortable in them. So why not?
Straight to the point: Whether it’s an office or a classroom, I’ve seen a lot of inappropriate dress over the years. There’s something I’ve told any of the junior practicums or student teachers who have come into my room through the years and it’s a simple rule. If you’re a woman, cover your four “B”s. Your:
Come to think of it, I don’t particularly want to see a man’s “B”s at work, either. Seems simple enough, right? Apparently not. It doesn’t matter if you’re a teacher or a marketing manager. Ladies, keep the ladies put away. Bottom Line: I’m not saying you need to be in a suit every day. I never wear them. Fun and funky? All over it – appropriately. If you consider yourself a professional, dress the way you want to be treated and “classy” should be at the top of your list.
In the spirit of today’s shopping trip, I’m posting some of my favorite work clothes, although some items are not exactly the same as what I have in my closet (however, if not, they’re very close!). Now… Time to give the old debit card a weekend workout.