I'm looking for a female teacher who I can call up on the phone and discuss what underwear she's wearing. No seriously, I've had a few e-mails from female teachers who would like me to put together a fashion guide. Many female teachers who plan on coming here aren't really sure what to wear in the classroom. Is it easy to buy shoes in large sizes? do I need a nice navy suit? Are lady tatoos frowned upon? What about if it's just a small swallow? Do teachers wear tights? Do blouses have to be done up to the neck? Should hair be tied back? What are the rules about make-up? Is jewellery seen as tarty? What about a discreet ankle bracelet? White or navy blue blouses? Can I wear my lime green Crocs? Do I need a french maid's outfit for when I'm bending over? Away. I put that last one in. I'm bloody hopeless with women's fashion. I still thought women wore petticoats under a skirt. I bet you can't even buy petticoats nowadays.
The worst job in Thailand must be the man who has to sit down with a blue marker pen and mark a number two on the two-baht coins to stop people thinking they are one-baht coins.
Useful thread Phil. Rule number one is to always wear g-strings in the hot weather, natural fibers only, as man made ones stick to you in the heat.
Emporium for larger bras, unless you're a bigfoot larger sized shoes can be found there too.
I can give you my Skype if you like
Could you jot down a few notes under different sub sections and we'll call it "Sentrix's Female Teacher Dressing Guide' or your proper name if you want.
I just have no bloody idea.
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I'm thinking back to some of the female teachers I've worked with and I would say that most favored the knee length skirt and sensible blouse combination. Would that be the ideal attire for a female teacher. A few often wore a summery type frock with a flowery pattern or something similar. I think you'd want to avoid clothes that were considered 'hippyish' right?
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This looks quite nice.
All women teachers should look like this.
This looks like quite a sensible dress. I can imagine a few female teachers going for something like this yeah?
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Phil's internet tip of the day:
Don't bang 'Female teacher' into Google image search with safe search turned off and your wife hovering nearby. My ear is still singing.
Fame at last for doctor dipshit.
Phil, I'm pretty sure if you check, the M.O.E. has a guideline about this down to which colors (colours, for Phil) are OK for their nails.
When I was in BKK, we were not allowed to wear open shoes, jeans, singlet tops, T-shirts, see through blouses, ultra short skirts, tight anything that might have been misconstrued as being too sexy, anything that overly exposed your body, night club makeup etc, this was the BKK Patana but things have probably changed. Common sense really of what's accepted in a professional environment.
China/HK is much the same. Turning up to work looking like an unmade bed or if you've just got in from a night of partying is a no no.
For Thailand, loose fitting clothes are best, coupled with good footwear. Some teachers I knew had underwear and shoes sent from the motherland, this can be very expensive to buy and styles may be limited.
They can always go to Google and type
Thailand Teacher dress code
first hit is this
What to Wear as an EFL Teacher in Thailand, Page 2 of 3 - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com
The Dress Code for Female EFL Teachers in Thailand - The dress code for female EFL teachers in Thailand is sometimes even stricter than for the men. There are basic dress codes that every Thai school will expect their teachers to adhere to, and other schools may have extra rules.
For most female EFL teachers at most Thai schools, you will be expected to wear a skirt as no pants are allowed for women in most Thai schools. A dress shirt is also required although, unlike for the men, most Thai schools allow female EFL teachers to wear short-sleeved shirts. Not too short though and certainly not sleeveless. If you're not sure what type of shirt would be acceptable, I recommend you wear a sleeve length that hits at your elbow or below. Very professional and not likely to get you into trouble.
As for shoes, most Thai schools expect full dress shoes (not flip flops or sandals), which are incredibly uncomfortable in the heat. Some Thai schools will allow you to wear sandals, but they have to have a strap at the back (ie: not flip flops, even with heels) and are best in muted colors.
Some Thai schools will, unfortunately, require you to wear a uniform and you will be expected to pay for it. At my first school, we had to wear a uniform shirt (blue checked) and a navy blue skirt. For special occasions, we wore a navy blue blazer with the school crest on it. I hated the uniform as it was unflattering and uncomfortable and one of the reasons why I eventually resigned from the school. Thailand is too hot to be that uncomfortable for most of the week.
Finally, make sure you wear a padded bra as having nipples that are visible is a no-no all over Thailand and will not be tolerated in a Thai school.
The young farang ladies that have passed through this school in the past seemed to agree on one thing - no matter what they wore, they'd get some criticism from the female Thai staff.
When in school 'uniform' i.e A-line skirt and blue polyester Cinderella blouse (crackle, crackle, spark) - they'd get, "Oh, Miss ****. You should look more sexy. You look so old."
When dressed in 'mufti' on a Wednesday. "Oh, Miss ****. You look like a fucking tart, na?"