What (Not) to Wear

Crazy Sock?

Our school counselors are the best! They initiated a “Kindness Month” and this last week they encouraged everyone to dress up differently every day. Monday was green for kindness. Tuesday was Super Hero or Camo day. Today was “Mix It Up.” As I was getting dressed this morning, I kept this in mind and thought that the combination I came up with would be obviously “mixed up.” I put my compression socks on the outside of my pants and wore my hair up.

The impact of my outfit was interpreted as ‘cute’. People were telling my to wear my hair up more often. A couple of students who regularly wear high heeled knee length boots and other goth-like outfits said I should continue with this ‘style.’ This led to the idea that they should start a show for teachers on “What Not To Wear.” They seemed very excited about this opportunity.

These counselors unwittingly provided another kindness; the kindess of changing up my frumpy outfits and hair. I was also given much kindness from my students and colleagues in their encouragement and compliments.

“Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.” -James Foley

3 thoughts on “What (Not) to Wear

  1. Hahaha – first off I am a HUGE fan of any time they set up anything like this in our building. I love it. It doesn’t hurt that I dress way less like a teacher outside of work than many teachers I know. It’s my 7th year and I still see what I wear each day as a uniform – I do not do dress casual very well. At all. Oh – and I was also on the actual What Not To Wear a million years ago and I wish then that I knew I’d become a teacher because perhaps by this point I’d be better at “dressing up” like a teacher! I love that you have fun with this stuff too! Great slice

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  2. This post provided great insight into the awesome things that happen to you when you work in schools. The part about the students wanting to give the teachers a makeover made me laugh. One year I was chaperoning the homecoming dance. I was at the refreshment table and when a handed a student a cupcake, I called her by her name. She did a double-take. “Oh, my God, Ms. Britto! You look so pretty, I didn’t even recognize you.”

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