Thursday was my last day of school in Hong Kong … until September, when I return in a senior post 🙂
It’s a wonderful school, and the students are so awesome. They’re so eager to learn English they practically froth at the mouth, the adorable puppies that they are. It tends to get super hot at school, as all of the corridors are open and stepping outside the air conditioning of the staffroom is like stepping into a steamy jungle. So I usually wear clothes that are loose and comfortable (as we all sweat … a lot … like sinners in church).
The school also has fairly strict rules about what you can and can’t wear, which limits fashion choices somewhat. Tops and dresses must cover the shoulders (for some reason they find shoulders well sexy in China ?) and understandably must show very little or preferably no cleavage. That makes a lot of sense as a primary school teacher when about 60 per cent of your time is spend bending down by a student explaining a task or spelling a word for them. You really don’t want them staring down your top – one time at school a particularly snotty little girl called me up on this – “Miss Stephanie, pull your shirt up!” – cue me smiling sweetly, re-adjusting and clenching my fists behind my back.
When you have big boobs though, like me, finding tops to wear that don’t automatically become cleavage central is a little harder (especially when high necked tops make me look like I’m smuggling melons).
So, choices are limited. The shirt I’m wearing in the above picture is one of my favourites though – it’s loose, it’s comfortable, and it’s a gorgeous bright colour with a lovely pattern. Best of all, when I wear a vest underneath it’s school-friendly. Oh, and it offsets my ginger hair quite nicely.