Teachers can be trendy too


Alyssa Espiritu , Staff Writer

Although some teachers dress casually and for comfort to school, there are a of couple teachers who break that stereotype.

AS English teacher Jody Humes expresses her edgy style everyday. “I consider my work style to be androgynous preppy, and my home style I would call it witchy southwestern,” said Humes.

Humes’s outfits do not consist of the stereotypical perception of what teachers usually like to wear to work, but rather creative and bold items of clothing. “I tend to take more risks and I’m not afraid to look boyish,” said Humes.

Along with her interest in teaching, Humes also enjoys shopping and reading fashion blogs online where her style is inspired by sites such as, www.bonadrag.com, and www.openingceremony.us.

“I’ve worn clothes where I find myself wearing a “teacher’s outfit” and I found that if I don’t feel comfortable in what I am wearing, I don’t teach as well,” said Humes.

Humes’s students are also able to connect with her due to their interests in fashion. “I think Ms. Humes is young and wise and she’s able to relate to you,” said Alexis Morrow.

Morrow added, “Her clothes are like the things you see in a magazine and it makes me want to buy them, which makes her a thousand times cooler, especially for a teacher.”

“My favorite article of clothing that Ms. Humes owns is her long, dark green coat,” said Morrow

While Humes expresses her bold and edgy style consisting of leather, knit, and a lot of jewelry, AP English and Spanish teacher Martin Turkis’s style consists of bow ties, polos, and blazers. A style that he called, “semi-trad.”

Not only is Turkis knowledgeable in the field of English and language, but also in clothing. “I like to wear Harris Tweed which is a thick fabric woven in the islands of Scotland,” said Turkis.

Turkis recommended that, “The first suit that you buy should be navy blue, not black.”

“Black makes you look like you are working at events rather than attending events. Do you want people asking you for a drink when you are actually attending a cocktail party?” said Turkis.

Turkis’s professional and “ivy-league” style does not go unnoticeable among his students as well. Teo Vargo said, “It’s never just half formal with him. I like how he is always going for it.”

Along with tips to writing a successful rhetoric essay, students also receive advice about clothing. “I have learned that there are two suits you wear which are brown or charcoal gray. Also, do not buy a tux that does not fit you properly,” said Vargo.

In contrast to the everyday and casual clothing teachers wear that are perceived as, “outdated,” Humes and Turkis express their unique fashion style that capture the attention of students.