Does my off-duty style differ from my work look?Well, not much... I tend to go for smart casual outfits, anyway. And for an outfit to be appropriate for work, I just need a bigger dose of 'smart' and a little less of 'casual'...
This is what I was wearing on the first day back to work: a new course with 22 people who'd never seen me before. So, a good first impression is obviously important here.
As I work in adult education, I meet people of different ages, from all walks of life, and with varying interests. What they all have in common, though, is that my course is mandatory for them; some of them might be enthusiastic, others less so, a few downright terrified... And my job as a teacher is to make them all feel at ease, create a supportive environment and help them gain confidence.
Thus, I must appear approachable, nice and professional. And a little bit crazy, or scary... Whichever makes them do the work required to pass the course. I find that while a classic, even a tad conservative look works best (though I would never wear a suit, it's way too formal and puts people off). However, adding something a little bit quirky or unexpected serves as an icebreaker: it makes people think I don't take myself too seriously.
That ' something quirky' here is not my fab new pair sunglasses... I won't be wearing them indoors, after all. So, the soft pink of my top will have to do (trust me, in a slightly colour-phobic country such as Finland pink is often quite a statement...). Now that I look sweet and girly, I can charm my way into my new student's hearts, make them feel that taking my course is the best thing they ever did... Poor little lambs, they have no idea what's in store for them...
I'm wearing:top: Jigsaw (old) / trousers: marks and Spencer (old) / shoes: Clarks (old) / bag: Coach (summer 2014) / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana
Does your work affect the way you dress?
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