Lion street style: Teacher’s Edition | LIFE+ARTS
From a colorful blazer to interesting sneakers, LMU teachers always look sharp in their own way. Depending on their personal ideas of style and dress expression, you might even admire the color coordination or accessories of your teacher’s outfit. The Life + Arts section researched professors in various departments to get a sense of how they felt about their own style of working.
Robin Miskolcze, an English teacher, defines his working style as “semi-relaxed but rather semi-relaxed”. She’s always on the lookout for new neutral pants to add to her wardrobe because she’s more of a pants person than anything else. She usually pairs her pants with a classic button up or blazer.
“I think the pandemic has made everyone agree on wearing comfortable shoes. But, I dress like a slob on the weekends, so I really have to amp it up when it comes to work and I don’t even dress formal here,” Miskolcze said.
Lt. Col. Kari Hill, Air Force ROTC commander and professor of aerospace studies, wears his uniform to work every day. She has proudly worn this uniform for 30 years. But on his days off, his style is very western influenced. She’s a cowgirl in her own right, from the boots to the belt to the cowboy hat.
“Every time I put on my uniform, I remind myself that I’m up to standard. The uniform must be worn in accordance with the standards of our Air Force instructions and regulations. So I always have to check right before I go out,” Hill said.
Richard Fox, professor of political science, shares that his “teacher style” has diminished since working at LMU. He worked at a school in upstate New York where every teacher had to wear a tie every day they taught. But Fox likes the freedom he feels when it comes to style at LMU.
“I would say my style is dressy and casual. I try to color the socks a little. I have a large collection of button down shirts in different colors. I make sure not to wear tennis shoes or soft shoes, like an old teacher’s shoe. I wear a hard-soled shoe, it keeps me young,” Fox said.
Philosophy professor Dr. Timothy Shanahan’s work style is more of a semi-professional, yet comfortable look. He says that as soon as he gets home, he takes off his semi-professional attire and immediately puts on jeans, a t-shirt and no shoes. Shanahan isn’t a big fan of fashion herself.
“I don’t feel like I can express myself through clothes all the time. The thought of expressing myself through my clothes never crosses my mind,” Shanahan said.
French teacher Véronique Flambard-Weisbart was spotted preparing for induction into the French Honors Society. She sported her lanyards as well as the special pin that members of the society were to receive at the ceremony. His day-to-day work style is usually not his ropes and spit, but the middle ground between casual and professional.
“I like earrings, I don’t wear a lot of jewelry other than that. My work jewelry is my lanyard that has my card and stuff in it. Zoom made me want to wear earrings to make myself look a little dressier, so I would wear earrings and sweatpants,” Flambard-Weisbart said.
Amir Hussain, president and professor of theological studies, was spotted in his office with an OVO hoodie and without his shoes. OVO is Drake’s clothing line that Hussain is connected to. He grew up in Toronto, so he has to “represent the Six”.
“I normally wear closed shoes, which is considered formal in LA, but I try to be comfortable and connect a bit with the students. I’m old enough to be their parents, so there’s a bit of a generation gap. But I still want, as the kids say, “bring it on,” Hussain said.
The next time you catch yourself admiring your teacher’s style, be sure to let them know.