How do teachers dress abroad

According to the majority of the population, the teacher’s image looks something like this: a strict dark suit, a light blouse with a collar, shoes with a small steady heel, a “bun” hairstyle, glasses and a pointer. Do you think that abroad also imagine teachers like this? We selected materials on how teachers look in different countries. And you can compare them with your friends teachers.

General requirements for teacher’s wardrobe

It must be said that in different countries, society has special requirements for teachers. The teacher should be a model in everything, including clothing.


All those who asked the question “what should be the teacher’s wardrobe?” Unanimously say that they would like to see the teacher dress in accordance with such criteria:

  • conveniently;
  • beautifully;
  • modern;
  • qualitatively;
  • neatly;
  • restrained.


In many countries, similar demands are made on teachers.

  • Decide on the color scheme . That is, choose no more than 5 colors and shades that combine with each other and are appropriate in the workplace.
  • To use a suit as the basis, it can be trouser or skirt.
  • When choosing a wardrobe, keep in mind that clothing should be business-like, not distract from training, and be appropriate in age and size .

Tip. Stylists recommend that teachers add a few accent items to the image. It can be accessories, for example, a neckerchief or discreet jewelry.

Requirements and advice is a theory, and what do teachers see in practice abroad?

What do teachers working in different countries look like

We offer a glimpse into schools located in different parts of the world.


In European countries, it is widely believed that the clothes of a teacher should be secular . But even to secular clothes in different parts of Europe are treated differently.

  • In France, no restrictions are provided. French educators decide what their wardrobe will be.

  • In a stiff UK, a self-respecting teacher is always elegant, wears high-quality clothing, often bearing the identifications of a particular school .

  • In Germany, they are not so strict about mentors. You can dress as you like ! German parents only want to see a person observing the standards of decency next to their children. If for some reason he does not want to look like a “decent” person, then his colleagues and parents will surely tell him about their expectations.

  • Belarus does not have requirements common to the whole country . But attempts to unify the appearance of the teacher are underway. So, the teachers of one of the Minsk schools will have to seriously review the business wardrobe. The forbidden list includes not only T-shirts and jeans, but also capes in the form of a poncho, colored skirts on the floor (“gypsy”), etc.

Reference. Minsk teachers have to be attentive to the decor. On their clothes there can be no fringe, sequin, lace, bright large buttons.


How do “free” Americans differ from Europeans? American law can delight and amaze at the same time. For example, when moving from one state to another, a familiar wardrobe may be “illegal”.

Reference. Every state and even an educational institution in the United States has the right to set its own standards for teacher clothing.

  • A teacher in Arizona himself determines what will go to the lesson. But he does not have the right to appear before the students in a T-shirt, in tight-fitting or too open clothes . Men must not wear a mustache, and women - a bright make-up.
  • In Los Angeles, educators are only required to be clean and tidy . And it doesn’t matter if you are in shorts or with a piercing.
  • In Wisconsin, T-shirts and other sportswear were banned.

Reference. Jeans at educators in the US are treated differently. In some schools, a teacher can put them on for classes, but only once a week (Arizona). In others, jeans are prohibited (some schools in New York).

South America

In Brazil, the largest state in South America, there are no difficulties with clothes for the lesson, everything is allowed. Belarusian teachers, for example, cannot even think about appearing in class in a blouse such as the photo below!

Reference. Not so long ago, teachers in Rio de Janeiro were allowed to go to work in shorts.

Agree, in the heat, in a closed room without air conditioning, such clothes at least somehow help to cope with stuffiness. But not everyone liked this idea. Still, Brazilians are accustomed to a more strict form of teachers, although no one has ever obligated anyone to officially wear a business suit.


Traditions are strong in the East. Therefore, in Japan or Korea, the teacher is always dressed exemplary, without liberties.

Pakistani teachers have to adhere to a strict dress code. And he is special in the country for female teachers. They cannot appear in a classroom without a hijab .

In Turkey, there are no such strict rules, as well as a dress code. The main thing for a teacher is to look neat and restrained. Do not impose special requirements on teachers. But many of them complement their image with a scarf.

Israel tried several times to enter a dress code for secular educational institutions, but failed. There, both teachers and their pupils dress as they like .

Given the climatic conditions, it happens, they come with a bare stomach, in mini-skirts.

Reference. The local union sometimes asks Israeli teachers to differentiate between beach and work clothes.


In African countries, teacher clothing is not currently the most pressing issue. Therefore, teachers are free to choose business clothes. It can be both a modest European outfit and clothes in ethnic style.

South Africa




Living should be at your pleasure, Australians are sure. The freedom that prevails in educational institutions is not limited to the dress code. The teacher dresses so that it is convenient for him to work, this is the main thing. Given the sense of proportion, of course. And the fact that the teacher’s trousers are not black doesn’t bother anyone!

Didn't it seem to you that teachers in different countries have something in common?