Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Haute for Teacher

Sometimes, I wish I were a guy. It’s not because as a woman I still only make 87% of what a man makes. And it has nothing to do with the peeing while standing up thing. (I’m lazy; I’ll sit whenever I can.) It’s because if I were a guy I’d have my whole English professor look down. I’d totally go for the tweed jacket, scruffy beard, unkempt hair look. Kind of like the guy on the left I found on thesartorialist.com.

I feel like he and I could discuss psychoanalytical interpretations of Hamlet all day long in his Norton Anthology-strewn office.

There’s no such romanticized look for female teachers, is there? Sure, there’s the pencil skirt and the bun, but it comes off as more uptight than intellectual.

So in a quest for my English teacher look, I extensively studied my options, and here’s what I found.

Which is your fave?







24 comments:

Beverly Diehl said...

That guy looks like an extra for a movie. Do real people dress like that?

I was leaning towards the Michelle Pfeiffer look - the jeans and jacket look mighty comfortable, and she was rockin' the big earrings.

But Maggie Smith, in the crooked tip witch's hat - if I was teaching a class, I would wear one of those bad girls every day. Goes with the jeans and jacket. Goes with the crisp red suit. Goes with the prim black dress with the white collar Tina Fey's wearing.

Now I am wondering where I can find one, and if I could get away wearing one to work every day.

Liz said...

Go for McGonagall...definitely. Although I would wear Tina Fey's outfit.

Shelly said...

Ha! Some of my students would probably point to the second to the last one as me, but too much black ages my face.

Wendy Ramer said...

Since I don't have legs like Cameron Diaz and I can't stand those earrings Michelle Pfeiffer is wearing, I'm all for the Maggie Smith look. At least, the students will know what they're getting before we even begin.

Stephen Tremp said...

I don't know who the hottie at the top is, but I'm Hot for Teacher!

Mark said...

Personally I think I'm going to have to suggest cross dressing. I think in these times it's perfectly acceptable for a woman to wear a suit, it makes you look pretty smart too. If you insist on a skirt then I don't advise sitting on your desk.

Jaya J said...

I like the first look. Its more like my style. The hair and top. And that pink stuff.

DiscConnected said...

I think I'd recommend going retro...mid-70's punk rock retro!

Head into class with the thin wrap-around sunglasses and a shocking pink mohawk, with lots of leather!

THAT will make them stand on their desks!

Shannon said...

I say you should still strive for the tweed blazer and beard. Of course, you would have take some hormones or wait until menopause, but I think it would totally be worth it.

Summer Frey said...

One of my English professors wore a tweed jacket, button-down shirt and tie with jeans and tan, steel-toe construction boots. Every day. No matter the temperature. And he road a scooter.

Summer Frey said...

*rode a scooter. Thought "road" was rather punny.

Dylan Fitzgerald said...

I vote Cameron Diaz's outfit, but with McGonagall's hat and facial expression.

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

Dare to be McGonagall and don't forget your magic wand. It might quickly dispell the gramatical errors!

Kelly Polark said...

I actually sometimes do wear big earrings to kindergarten class! :)

Lots of pencil skirts. Cute but not always comfy. How about a tweed skirt and disheveled hair?

anthony stemke said...

The second one down.

Shutterbug said...

I like the idea of mixing it up with a leather jacket.

Naina Gupta said...

When you mentioned the bun, the image that came to mind was Miss Trunchbull from Matilda.

I think the red one looks smart, or maybe the first picture, a kind of geeky look with the glasses as well. But why do glasses have to be geeky anyway?

Terra Shield said...

With an evil smile and a twinkle in my eye, I'd say go for McGonnagal's look, but on a more serious note, the red suit looks pretty hot too.

DWei said...

Yeah... All of them look kind of strict if you ask me.

And Professor McGonagall didn't teach English. :P

James Garcia Jr. said...

Really? Just when I was thinking of taking the beard off and getting back to my goatee...

Hey, Jenny! I totally had Van Halen playing in my head between clicking your link on the side of my blog and waiting for the new window to open. Oh, and I'd rather sit as well. Who wants to clean that up?!?

As to your question. My favorite teacher look was the one with the dark long hair. You know, the one on the right with the header: ABOUT ME over the top of it.
*grins*

Always go for the points, that's what I always say. Have a great week, Teach!

-Jimmy

Crystal Pistol said...

The obvious one is Cameron Diaz. But she's naughty. Go with the last one. Leave something to the imagination.

JDC said...

Go for the sexy teacher look please, start with hair buttoned up and glasses on, then take off the glasses and shake out hair to get everyone's attention.

Theresa Milstein said...

Tie: Tina Fay for realistic portrayal
Professor Mcgonagall for pure coolness

If you like unkempt Harvard professors, come to Cambridge. Sometimes I think they're going to panhandle.

Janette Dolores said...

The Tina Fey look. Professional and feminine--two words not mutually exclusive.

Smooches.