List of Rules for Professional Teacher's Dress Codes

Updated April 17, 2017

A teacher's attire should reflect a model of success. Outfits should suggest a professional attitude and a desire to get to work. A dress code for teachers has a threefold purpose: to establish authority, to establish credibility and to maintain a level of respect in the classroom. It is the hope of every teacher that the students will follow suit and reciprocate respectfulness and an attitude of learning.

Conservative Hemlines

Dress in skirts with a hemline that falls to the knee or slightly below. Mini-skirts should be kept out of the classroom. Keep trousers hemmed to the appropriate length. Pant hems should not be dragging on the floor. Capris are too casual to be considered professional attire.


Remove all piercings---navel, tongue or otherwise. Keep only one earring per ear. Use post earrings or small hoops. Choose necklaces or bracelets that add flair to your outfit but do not add distractions, such as jingling noises or wild neon colours.

Neutral Tights And Hosiery

Choose tights or hosiery in neutral colour palettes. Leave bold patterns out of the classroom setting. Match hosiery to your outfit. Pair tights with knee-length skirts. Tunic-style tops with leggings underneath is not considered professional attire and should be left for casual choice days.

Basic Colors

Using colours such as navy, taupe, black, ivory or beige as the basis in your wardrobe will leave a wide variety for you to mix and match with. Basic colours should be used for pant, skirt and jacket choices. Add variety with shirts in solid bold colours or a fine print.

Sensible Shoes

Choose shoes that reflect a professional teacher---sensible and reliable. Shoes should have a reasonable heel height, if wearing heels, and should be easy to walk in. Shoes should be well-polished and taken care of. Sneakers or flip-flops are not professional choices.

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Based in Pennsylvania, Rosemary Ebert has been writing since 2010. She owns a furniture and art gallery and writes for eHow on interior design, decorating, creative projects and beauty ideas. She also works as a part-time model at Image International and is frequently seen modeling on QVC. Ebert holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the Catholic University of America.