Tuesday, February 3, 2015

teacher immediacy

Once upon a time I read an article that claimed that a teacher's outfit will affect the perceived distance between a teacher and her students. The article suggested that instructors should dress professionally during the first few weeks of the semester, and then start to dress more casually. When I first read that, I thought, "Great. As if picking an outfit weren't hard enough already, now I have to also think about how my attire affects immediacy." 

I thought the article made some interesting points. As an instructor, I want to appear competent and organized (which occurs through formal dress), but I also want to appear open and friendly (which occurs through informal dress). So how do you strike a balance between formal and informal? How do you appear knowledgeable and approachable at the same time? Do people in other professions have the same concerns? These are the questions that keep me up at night. I eventually fell asleep, woke up, and put this outfit together.



Shirt (c/o Mom): Eddie Bauer | similar
Blazer: Forever 21 | similar
Belt: The Limited | option
Skirt: Old Navy | same style
Wedges: via Target


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15 comments:

  1. Super cute. I think the colors and buttoned up top help with the formal-ness and the stripes and youthfulness help with the informal part.

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  2. I think this outfit is a good medium for a teacher's formal/informal. The button up says professional, but the ponte skirt says approachable (vs. wearing a strict pencil skirt).

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  3. I have this issue! I teach high school, and I'm in my late 20s, so I'm always trying to find the line between what is professional and what is comfortable and age appropriate. We also have administration who believe that teachers in jeans on Fridays negatively affects the students' perceptions of us as professionals. I was having a chat with my students about the dress code and they seemed appalled that we were not allowed to wear jeans except on certain occasions. It seems to me that they don't even notice!!

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  4. Well, I really like this outfit, and I think it strikes a good balance between professional and approachable. My office is so weird that I don't really worry too much about how my dress is perceived, unless I am visiting clients or have a big meeting with my higher ups. I'm usually the most dressy and the most colorful person around. Maybe I should wonder more about what that says to my co-workers. I think they just think I really like dressing up, which is true. And some of them know about my blog, which is kind of embarrassing.

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  5. Your look is great for the classroom. It has the balance of the conservative yet relaxed collard shirt and the strip skirt gives it that edge.

    XOXO
    www.musthaveahandbag.blogspot.com

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  6. Your necklace and belt really elevate this outfit. I love it all, especially that it has so many classic pieces. I swear blazers fit you so well all the time! So many of mine make me feel bulky. I am all over the place with dressing for work. Yesterday I had jeans, today a dress and heels. Oh well. Keep 'em guessing I say!

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  7. I think you did a great job finding the balance of formal and informal with this outfit! It looks professional with a hint of fun; the stripes in the skirt are a great balance. I often worry about being taken seriously in my jobs since I look so young (believe it or not, I'm 30) so I really like dressing professionally. And I like this outfit so much that I think I might steal this look to wear to my job/to class :-)

    NCsquared Life

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  8. A great outfit for work. I think being approachable is more in the attitude then what you wear. As long as you have a smile and friendly demeanor, you will strike the perfect balance.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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  9. This is a great teaching outfit, especially if you were comfortable too! I guess this whole theory works pretty well if you're like me and start off trying really hard and dressing professional, and then dwindle off to more comfortable and casual outfits as the year goes on =)

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  10. This is a great teaching outfit, especially if you were comfortable too! I guess this whole theory works pretty well if you're like me and start off trying really hard and dressing professional, and then dwindle off to more comfortable and casual outfits as the year goes on =)

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  11. This is such a fun yet professional look! You look comfortable yet still look like you mean business!

    Cheers,
    Joanne
    FabulouslyAverage

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  12. I hadn't thought about teachers dressing for students. Professional I get but also understand wanting to look approachable. I think as long as you wear a blazer or cardi, you can always look professional. The ponte skirt makes things a little more casual as does flats. This is perfect!

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  13. Such an interesting point! Fortunately, for me, I'm a teacher for the blind, so I don't have to worry much about this ;) But, I definitely can see where this would be a struggle at the beginning of the year. I think that outfit is perfect though!

    Penn&Quill
    xoRobin

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  14. I think about things like that a lot - especially because I'm not only a new professional, but I'm also young (a student at my high school asked me what grade I'm in last week...?!). In my work outfits, I always try to strike a balance between being professional, age-appropriate, and "me." It can certainly be tricky, though!

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