How would I dress up like a history professor for mock trial? (Female, of course)?

Question by Daniella: How would I dress up like a history professor for mock trial? (Female, of course)?
For 8th grade mock trial I am the “expert witness” and have to dress as a history professor. We are questioning president “Andrew Jackson” for our trial. What do I wear?

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Answer by Chrispy
A long cotton dress of a solid color, a bonnet of a color that either matches or complements the dress, and perhaps a shawl.

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4 thoughts on “How would I dress up like a history professor for mock trial? (Female, of course)?

  1. If you need to wear clothes from that period, I really doubt you have anything on hand. Women wore some pretty conservative outfits. Try borrowing a suit jacket from your mom or dad, a frilly white blouse, a long skirt, and a scarf for your head. That’s probalby as close as you will get.

    Otherwise if you can wear modern clothes a dress shirt, slacks/skirt, and maybe some glasses if you don’t already wear them will work. Professors really don’t wear anything special, just try to look smart and professional.

  2. I believe women college teachers in Jackson’s day mainly taught in all-female seminaries. So think conservative. You’d need a floor-length dress (or skirt and blouse), billowy skirt, dark color. No plunging necklines, obviously. Dark shoes.

    If you have a white scarf, you can duplicate the dull-but-fashionable look of Mary Lyon, founder of Mount Holyoke College. Link below.

    Here are some links to articles with illustrations (below). If I find any illustrations that are better, I’ll return and post them.

    Fun assignment!

  3. I’d go with business casual. Most professors like to maintain a little bit of dress distinction between them and the students when they’re on the job but most are fairly casual in appearance and so suits aren’t necessary.

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