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Teachers "uniform"

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Bonnie23, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. Bonnie23

    Bonnie23 Occasional commenter

    I've always worn black trousers and a smart top for work, but our school gets so hot I've been debating wearing a dress, obviously below the knee.

    Our uniform states we can't wear leggings which is unfortunately as I prefer them over tights (less hassle). However I teach a practical subject and I'm wondering if a dress is the most suitable thing to wear in a workshop?

    A fairly stupid question but if I'm going to wear dresses I'm going to have to buy dresses, and ones that would be suitable with ankle boots.
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  2. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Trousers made of thinner fabric?
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  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    If you teach a practical subject you might be better sticking with trousers, just buy thinner, natural fabrics. Synthetic fabrics are generally warmer / make you 'glow' a little more.;)

    EDIT Just seen your post linden - Great Minds! ;)
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  4. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Depends on the length.

    Don't ignore H&S.


    Ahem... I assume you are female?
  5. smurphy6

    smurphy6 Lead commenter

    Many of our teachers wear leggings and they shouldn't (they don't look in the mirror in the morning) I don't wear them as my little chubs legs resemble sausages. Actually not many women look good in leggings but I do concede that black leggings with boots and a longer jumper style top can look very nice. We are not allowed to wear jeans. I wear black or grey trousers and a top and don't wear my school clothes at weekends or in the holidays. I love boot season and I'm now in my boots until March.
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  6. Bonnie23

    Bonnie23 Occasional commenter

    I'm assuming they wear leggings as trousers? Always a horrible idea. I have a lot of scars on my legs from being a fairly unbalanced/clumsy child and teenager, falling out of trees, down hills etc so I never really feel comfortable in tights.

    Mine would be just below the knee, definitely nothing floor length, I think I'd end up on my face without being in a workshop.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  7. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    I always wore a trouser suit with short sleeve tops in the summer and long sleeves in the winter. Thermal leggings and vests in really cold months helped too.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  8. zizzyballoon

    zizzyballoon Star commenter

    What right does a school have to dictate whether teachers wear leggings or not? Power mad dictators. They make me sick.
  9. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I wear dresses and I teach a practical subject.
    Dresses mean I only have to put one thing on (apart from the obv!) and only have one item to wash/launder.
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  10. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I don't think leggings and a dress would be cooler than trousers. I tend to wear linen trousers in summer to be cool and break out skirts and tights for winter.
  11. luluguinness

    luluguinness New commenter

    I always think leggings with a nice tunic or short dress looks nice. I always wear linen in the summer to keep cool. Our head has recently just introduced a new dress code and we are no longer allowed to wear trousers that show our ankle or PVC...haha, I really wonder how he came up with this list!
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  12. zizzyballoon

    zizzyballoon Star commenter

    Is he afraid he might be tempted by a female's ankle?:rolleyes:
  13. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    But you can wear a skirt with sheer tights?
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  14. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    What the effity-eff?
  15. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Don't you see CK... that's is a far greater issue than educating children... really what do you think schools are for?
  16. zizzyballoon

    zizzyballoon Star commenter

    Making ridiculous rules, innit?
  17. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I wear a dress with opaque tights and teach lots of practical stuff to year 3.
    M&S do some great tights which apparently work to keep you cool and keep you warm depending on need.
    I wear a jacket with the dress around school and take it off if warm in class and for all messy work.
    I sometimes wear trousers and a top instead.

    I can't honestly say that the dress/tights outfit is cooler than the trousers/top one.

    I wouldn't even think of wearing leggings to work and only as a warmer alternative to tights outside of work, definitely not as trousers!
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  18. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Slightly off-topic - but... leggings. Don't do it. Unless you're wearing something that properly covers your backside. I'm a bit scarred for life after 3 years of walking behind fellow mums on the school-run who clearly don't realise that their cheap leggings are transparent and I can see (bad) the pattern of their underwear or (worse) their actual bums. I have come very close to telling at least one of them, woman to woman, what I can see, but have never plucked up enough courage.
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  19. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Ah cheap leggings... bane of teenage boys and sitting down carefully in many a town.
  20. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    In a workshop I would wear summer weight clothing (dress, skirt and top or trousers and top), with a white lab coat over it. I'd then claim the HMRC Uniform Allowance as thelab coat would be only for work and I'd be repairing, laundering and replacing it. The allowance is £60 added to your tax code, saving a basic rate taxpayer £12 per year in tax (double for a Higher rate taxpayer).
    You can go back 4 full tax years claiming the allowance if you haven't used it already. It always applies to those who teach PE but the next category of teacher would be anyone who has specialist clothing for Science or Technology subjects.
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