Some days I have to work harder to earn the respect of my students. I've found that clothes are one way I can do that. I try to wear things that are comfortable, professional, and (above all) stylish because I want my students to see that I care about the way I present myself to them. They may not remember the lessons I teach them, but they remember what I wear. Today a student told me, "Ms . Mahle, I like your pineapples," and that opened the door to more conversation throughout the class period. I'm hoping that as the semester goes on, I'm able to continue the conversations that begin with talking about clothing.