I like to mix my style up. Sometimes I’m more relaxed and urban, hoodie jeans and tennis shoes. Other times I’ll be more chic and polished pencil skirt, blazer, and heels. I think it’ good for my students to see me switch it up, and it is more natural to see than always to see a teacher in business attire.
Since dealing with alopecia, I’ve been wearing wigs (which my students haven’t seemed to notice). Regardless, I think my students like to see that someone with tattoos, septum piercing, and an edgier style can also be a professional.
Nonetheless, I do think teachers should take pride in their appearance and not dress like they just rolled out of bed or just came from the gym unless they are the gym teacher.
For the most part, I believe role-model doesn’t = cookie cutter, and a teacher/role-model should embrace and display their individual style. There are many different cultures in this world and we need to be realistic and represent diversity and teach our students acceptance.
I am an educated woman of color who likes to have fun with her fashion. If you are willing to learn, I am willing to teach you.
This look is what I consider a more polished look.
Hope you enjoy,
Orange Blazer: New York & Company
Skirt: Glamours from Lulu’s
Shoes: Kristin Cavallari/Chinese Laundry
If you’re wondering who takes the pictures for me, it’s my mentor teacher she’s the best, very supportive!
Here are some more fun looks with orange blazers: