Dress Code for Sweaty School Administrators.

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Come on.  We’ve talked about this.

Have we learned nothing over the course of 530 blog posts?sweat


One more time, then you’re on your own.

If you are a school administrator, it is considered a social faux pas to wear a blue dress shirt before the first Monday in September.


Because it’s Labor Day.

Actually, Labor Day has nothing to do with it.  Labor Day has to do with the deaths of factory workers (not a lot of laughs in this blog…).

My point is when school starts it’s hot.

Really hot.

Like surface of Venus hot (Google it).

It can be 42 degrees the day before school starts and I will guarantee you it will be 112 when the students show up.

In the shade.

It has to be, it’s the law (Google it).

Yet, every year some hotshot young principal shows up at school with his brand new blue dress shirt he just bought at Kohl’s (free plug… so feel free to send me some free stuff).

The shirts are fine.

The color is not.

You cannot stand up in front of several hundred students and preach to them about the consequences of their behavior over the course of the next 9 months and not sweat.

Trust me, I’ve tried.

Your back basically becomes a waterfall.

Which in turn makes your underwear droopy and your socks soggy.

Or so, I hear.

Now think what this does to your brand new precious Kohl’s blue dress shirt (seriously… two free plugs and I’ve got nothing).

So do what I do.

Wear white.

At least until Labor Day.

You’ll still sweat, but at least the rest of us won’t have to see it.

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4 Responses to “Dress Code for Sweaty School Administrators.”

  1. Jennifer
    on Aug 21st, 2011
    @ 1:03 pm

    Love reading your blog, and this post is particularly funny. Thanks!

    A little issue, though, is that you’ve spelled perspiration (tag) incorrectly.

    Good luck with Kohl’s. I bet they can’t perk you because they always have so much on sale. ;)

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Jennifer, Fixed.


  2. David Britten
    on Aug 21st, 2011
    @ 7:21 pm

    Sorry, won’t work for us in Michigan. Thanks to our legislature’s questionable wisdom and logic, it’s illegal for a school to open before the day AFTER Labor Day.

    But, your advice is well taken and I’ll plan on wearing white that day, as well.

    PS. I do all my shopping at JC Penny’s.

  3. wozza
    on Aug 26th, 2011
    @ 3:46 am

    Kohls? Like Sears – they have no presence where I have lived (NZ, UK, Al Ain). Weird huh. Plenty of other US mega big corporations have invaded these shores but not those ones.

    Good tip re the colour of shirts btw. Every day here is hotter than the surface of the sun at the moment and we have to wear suits to work. Mmmm Hmmmmm – suits!

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