We all know that I love fashion-- bright scarves, red lipstick, dramatic eye make up, etc. Still, I'm sure that we also know that in order to excel in the job market, we have to dress like professionals. Clothing is taken very seriously. Potential employers will judge you on how you present yourself as a total package and what you wear during that judging is also taken into consideration. If you cannot present yourself professionally, there is a good possibly that you can count yourself out for that job.
Now, I ask myself a serious question. Do I personally think that the man over there in the three piece suit and tie can do his job better than the guy over yonder in the "Duff Beer" shirt and crocs? Absolutely not. In fact, Duff Beer guy may be a totally awesome teacher, even more awesome than Fancy McFancypants who only looks awesome but really isn't.
So what's the big deal?
I know personally that there is a time when my crazy clothes just can't be worn (for instance, I dressed very blandly during my field experience and while completing my observation hours). But why did I do that?
Honestly, it was because I wanted people to take me seriously.
Why is it that we judge character by a tie (or lack of it), a suit jacket, or a pair of dress shoes and not by their accomplishments, ideas, and abilities?
Imagine this. Do you think that you would look at your child's teacher differently (or think less of him or her) if he or she dressed more like a punk rocker and less like Carlton and Hilary Banks? I know I would.
Why have we been taught to do that? Feedback, please!