What to Wear
One of the most important things when starting in a teaching profession is what you wear. It can really help! Yes, this is a sad truth but giving the right impression can really help you land a future job why not start while student teaching?!
DO - Read the manual
- All schools have some sort of dress code, make sure to read the manual for your school which should be given out or you can ask for one.
- If you have any questions, run them by your cooperating teacher - he or she should know the basic rules for most items.
DO - Be professional
- It is always better to be more dressed up than dressed down! Go shopping before! Some of my favorite stores are Old Navy, Target (clearance!!!), and TJ Maxx.
- I did participate in jeans days at my school and school support color days. I know some schools that say you should be dressed up everyday - as if it were an interview. Get a feel for your school whatever you feel comfortable doing.
- Make sure it is comfortable though- flats are your best friend! You will be standing A LOT! Stock up now.
- Short skirts/dresses and low cut tops (for ladies) are never acceptable. If it is in question - leave it out!! I won't buy any dresses I can't wear to school now.
DO - get lots of basics
- I find it so much easier to have basic pants, shirts, dresses, that I can change out with shoes, jewelry, or a cardigan. It's easier to dress in the morning and planning outfits doesn't take as much time.
- Starting out you probably don't have a ton of professional clothes, stocking up on basics that you can build on over years is a great place to start! You might rotate a few outfits at first but changing out pieces and gaining some new ones you'll be surprised by how many outfits you can make.
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Share any tips for dressing in a school!