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At my school, the principal has set a dress code for male teachers that requires us to wear collared button down shirts or polo shirts. Wearing of ties with button down shirts is encouraged but not required.


I don't mind wearing ties, and have a handful of "fun" ones that I actually enjoy wearing. I've never been that up to date or knowledgeable when it comes to style/fashion, and didn't realize until after my first year that it's not considered fashionable/stylish to wear a tie with a short sleeve button down shirt.



Is it really that bad to wear a tie with a short sleeve button down shirt (assuming the colors/style go together)? I live in Phoenix, AZ, where long sleeve shirts can only be comfortably worn three to four months of the school year (even rolling up the sleeves doesn't always help much).

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c6g 07-29-2018 06:38 AM

When I was a student in the 60s, all the men wore suits and ties. In the 70s, things started to loosen up a little. I started teaching in the late 70s, and some men still wore suits. The mainstream male teacher look, though, was a shirt and tie, but no suit jacket. Some men began to abandon the ties, although male principals continued to dress up more. My usual look through about 2000 was a shirt and tie, no jacket, and I'd wear short sleeve shirts when it was hot.

For the last 18 years or so, I've dumped the tie. I generally wear a nice shirt with a collar (sometimes polo). I still see some fellow male teachers wear ties, but it doesn't seem to be that common anymore. Some male principals now dress very casually.

If you're in a more formal situation wearing a suit and tie, I think long sleeves are a must. In a classroom, it's quite different. If you decide to wear ties, I see nothing wrong with wearing a short sleeve shirt.

Gogogo 07-27-2018 08:53 PM

A male teacher at our school wears a tie everyday with a long sleeved shirt with the sleeves rolled up ó he always looks very good ó maybe thatís because my husband (whose not a teacher) does the rolled up sleeves thing, too.

Teacher_twins 07-27-2018 07:54 PM

If the tie is a skinny tie, short sleeve button downs are acceptable. Thick ties should only be worn with long sleeve button downs.
-Per my father's rules of a gentleman

I personally always like to dress for success so I wear a button-down with a tie and a vest with slacks. I wear the vest because I cannot stand having a loose tie, I just feel incomplete, plus I stick my lanyard down there so it isn't swinging all over.

booklady57 07-27-2018 05:32 PM

and found many images of very fine looking young men wearing the look. They looked great! I say go for it, look good and be comfortable!

CatLove 07-27-2018 05:13 PM

I donít think short sleeve dress shirt and a tie is odd at all!

1956BD 07-27-2018 05:01 PM

I would wear short sleeve shirts if I were you due to the warm temperatures where you live. The tiger the cotton content of the fibers the cooler you will be. But you also have to consider how much 100% cotton will wrinkle. Find the blend for you.

If you want to add a tie I think that is fine. I looked at pictures of men on Pinterest wearing short sleeved shirts with ties and I think they look great.

Buy colors that you like and that look good with your skin tone. Buy the best quality you can afford and make sure you purchase items that fit well. You will look very professional.

If I were you I would skip the tie on Fridays and wear a polo shirt in one of your school colors.

love_to_learn 07-27-2018 04:41 PM

I'd say wear what you want as long as it doesn't go against the dress code.

If you want to wear ties, I'd wear them with long sleeves when it's cool and wear polos when it is warmer.

GraceKrispy 07-27-2018 03:24 PM

I think it looks a little odd, but I am NOT a fashion expert at all. So I shouldn't even be answering your question. Sorry, I'll bow out

MathWA 07-27-2018 03:22 PM

I think it all depends... Are you in a job where you need to present a certain persona in order to advance to the next level? This is true for my boys who are in tech sales but I dont think its true for most teachers.

I also understand why you want to stay fashionable but you also need to balance that with practicality. Therefore I would wear clothes that work with the enviornment where I live. In AZ you need clothing that is as cool as possible so go for the color coordinated short sleeves.

If anyone disses your fashion then tell them to go screw themselves. And that comes from a retired Math teacher who just had a few glasses of wine on a Friday night,

ZipLine 07-27-2018 03:15 PM

I found this: https://www.menshealth.com/style/a19...shirt-and-tie/

Looks like itís fine if you wear hip skinny ties.

mrteacherguy 07-27-2018 02:46 PM

At my school, the principal has set a dress code for male teachers that requires us to wear collared button down shirts or polo shirts. Wearing of ties with button down shirts is encouraged but not required.


I don't mind wearing ties, and have a handful of "fun" ones that I actually enjoy wearing. I've never been that up to date or knowledgeable when it comes to style/fashion, and didn't realize until after my first year that it's not considered fashionable/stylish to wear a tie with a short sleeve button down shirt.



Is it really that bad to wear a tie with a short sleeve button down shirt (assuming the colors/style go together)? I live in Phoenix, AZ, where long sleeve shirts can only be comfortably worn three to four months of the school year (even rolling up the sleeves doesn't always help much).




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