I was reading a post at Pete Black’s Freedom to Differ on the dress of law professors. It did make me laugh. Certainly, when I went to teach, I consulted a friend on what she thought I should wear. I was somewhat anxious.
My initial plan had just been to wear the same suits as I had worn in private practice.
“Oh no, no, no!” said my friend. “That’s a bit off-putting and will make you seem older than you are. But it’s important to look less shabby than a student, just to differentiate yourself.”
Anyway, I’ve taken my guide from the advice of my friend – not too formal, but not too shabby either. I wear suit pants, but not a jacket.