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  • Datasapien
  • Super Waygook

    • 491

    • February 04, 2012, 09:36:25 pm
    • Chungcheongbuk-do
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Re: The sloppy NET
« Reply #60 on: January 09, 2020, 01:33:39 pm »
Wow, not to mention overdressed, but it is not even appropriate to show skin like that

I know  :lipsrsealed: I'm sure she learnt her lesson very quickly though.
"A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man." - Jebediah Springfield.


  • fka
  • Super Waygook

    • 313

    • September 05, 2019, 06:37:44 pm
    • Seoul
Re: The sloppy NET
« Reply #61 on: January 09, 2020, 01:42:08 pm »
You need to work at a university-run winter camp if you really want to experience the full sartorial NETmare. Lots of lifer guys who snagged uni jobs 15 years ago, dressed like they ran drunk through a suburban mall formalwear shop circa 1987 before falling into a BDSM dungeon, then woke up in the teenager section of Macy's. Greasy gray ponytails, brown dress shirts, baggy jeans, weird 80s leather jackets, dirty white running shoes. If I had to define the look it would be "Pervert hiding from the cops at his mother's house, delighted to find that some of his old clothes still fit." The first day is embarrassing when we all congregate together and get introduced to the Korean uni student classroom assistants. A total freakshow. God knows what those kids are thinking. 

At my last job there was a guy who emanated serious sex-offender-on-the-lam vibes, whose work ensemble consisted of the same pinkish-red slacks and a few alternating pastel shirts, finished with some big 70s "porn studio accountant" eyeglasses. I'm sure his students must've wondered when the slacks ever got washed. I know I did. The only time I saw him wearing anything different was on a hot Saturday when I randomly spotted him near a tourist site, wearing tiny shorts, one of those Aussie hats with the dangling corks and sleeveless top that shared his unusually hairy shoulders with the rest of his fellow pedestrians.


  • Mister Tim
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1653

    • September 08, 2013, 10:33:54 am
    • SK
Re: The sloppy NET
« Reply #62 on: January 09, 2020, 01:42:43 pm »
The only times I've needed to be that dressed up since are for assemblies with parents (opening ceremony/graduation/school festival, etc), the beginning of the year meeting with the parents, and picture day.

Your school gives you advanced notice for picture day!?


  • lhelena
  • Veteran

    • 176

    • March 11, 2018, 01:57:14 pm
    • Anseong
Re: The sloppy NET
« Reply #63 on: January 09, 2020, 01:46:42 pm »
The only times I've needed to be that dressed up since are for assemblies with parents (opening ceremony/graduation/school festival, etc), the beginning of the year meeting with the parents, and picture day.

Your school gives you advanced notice for picture day!?

Yeah it's like one of the only times I get advanced notice lol


  • 303lmc
  • Veteran

    • 77

    • March 05, 2019, 05:23:12 pm
    • Gwangju
Re: The sloppy NET
« Reply #64 on: January 09, 2020, 02:00:35 pm »
You need to work at a university-run winter camp if you really want to experience the full sartorial NETmare. Lots of lifer guys who snagged uni jobs 15 years ago, dressed like they ran drunk through a suburban mall formalwear shop circa 1987 before falling into a BDSM dungeon, then woke up in the teenager section of Macy's. Greasy gray ponytails, brown dress shirts, baggy jeans, weird 80s leather jackets, dirty white running shoes. If I had to define the look it would be "Pervert hiding from the cops at his mother's house, delighted to find that some of his old clothes still fit." The first day is embarrassing when we all congregate together and get introduced to the Korean uni student classroom assistants. A total freakshow. God knows what those kids are thinking. 

At my last job there was a guy who emanated serious sex-offender-on-the-lam vibes, whose work ensemble consisted of the same pinkish-red slacks and a few alternating pastel shirts, finished with some big 70s "porn studio accountant" eyeglasses. I'm sure his students must've wondered when the slacks ever got washed. I know I did. The only time I saw him wearing anything different was on a hot Saturday when I randomly spotted him near a tourist site, wearing tiny shorts, one of those Aussie hats with the dangling corks and sleeveless top that shared his unusually hairy shoulders with the rest of his fellow pedestrians.
omg, thanks for the laugh! i really needed it. I'm feeling pretty crusty this week.  XDDDD


Re: The sloppy NET
« Reply #65 on: January 10, 2020, 06:51:22 am »
There was a lady at my orientation who wore an open-backed dress to her first day of school. She looked lovely but she aimed way too high (like she was off to her prom / the Oscars). I guess always aim for a safe middle ground if in doubt~!

This is one of the best things I've ever read on Waygook hahahaha


  • hangook77
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1482

    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
    • Near Busan
Re: The sloppy NET
« Reply #66 on: January 10, 2020, 08:44:24 am »
I been here for years.  I always wear jeans and a t shirt or a button up shirt or a polo style t shirt.  But never shorts and am either clean shaven and or neatly trimmed facial hair (though that is very rare).  I don't go all Trudeau like with the beard very often. 

Also, I do use a backpack.  A man bag isn't my thing.  But, I am groomed and do shower regularly.  Also, no weird slogans on the shirts or fat rolls hanging out.  (I have gained weight over a decade, but learn to buy western large sized clothes to make it blend in. ) 

As for appearances if this is true, the wages are quite low now for many entry level positions and lots of folks went home after the Great Recession ended or moved onto other countries. 

PS  I do dress up for rare special occasions.  It's what you do in the classroom, how you teach, how well you are liked by the kids, and how well you get along with others that matters most. 


  • sbk
  • Veteran

    • 129

    • March 22, 2016, 02:44:47 pm
    • seoul
Re: The sloppy NET
« Reply #67 on: January 10, 2020, 11:45:59 am »
One solution would be to have dress standards built into your contract and enforced. Warnings given for breaching of standards. I would rather see this mandated instead of some of the less important medical tests.

I also think i can do a bit better with my dress standards too. My grooming is always good but sometimes i wear jeans where pants would be a better look. I also need some better shoes, a matter of getting to  the shops.


  • LIC
  • Expert Waygook

    • 659

    • February 15, 2019, 04:39:00 pm
    • NE Hemisphere
Re: The sloppy NET
« Reply #68 on: January 31, 2020, 02:15:44 pm »
Nothing wrong with being well dressed. Anyone who dumps on a guy because he goes to work in a suit and tie is rude. Besides, it is very easy to dress down. Take off the jacket and tie, undo the top button and roll up the sleeve cuffs a turn or two and you're good to go. Same same but different as the guy with jeans and a polo shirt.

Then again, when I arrived in Korea I wasn't fresh outta mommy's basement like so many of you here. I'd actually been on my own for a couple of decades or more and knew the world didn't revolve around me.


  • Piggydee
  • The Legend

    • 2718

    • October 15, 2013, 07:32:43 am
    • South Korea
Re: The sloppy NET
« Reply #69 on: January 31, 2020, 02:32:01 pm »
Rule of thumb is this, if your coworkers are dressed like they come off the pages of GQ/Vogue magazine then YES try to make an effort of blend in.  You will look real stupid showing up to work in your "Fun Run 2014" t-shirt and cargo pants.

But at my main school the women all wear graphic ts (with snoopy or cute cartoon characters) and the men show up in hoodies most of the time. 

So I dress causal as well.  For me it's a chunky knit sweater and one toned slacks or the occasional jeans. 
Gone are the days of dressing like a Stepford wife when I show up to school.

I notice most of us girls here have to dress like that in order to impress our hakwon directors. 

But at my main public school everyone is chill and casual, so I really don't care what the thoughts and opinions are of someone that is bitter and upset that they work at a school that makes them put on a suit and tie to work or that they have to wear panty hose or stalkings and heels everyday.  Sorry for you.

But sidenote: I do dress it up for special days like open classes or graduations.  That is a no brain-er there.   
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  • ESLTurtle
  • Super Waygook

    • 287

    • October 25, 2017, 07:58:46 pm
    • South Korea
Re: The sloppy NET
« Reply #70 on: February 07, 2020, 05:54:19 pm »
Damn all of ya vulgar kids lookin' nasty af! Please go visit customellow or somethin'

JFK! (and I don't mean the previous American president..  8) )


  • Cyanea
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1240

    • September 04, 2016, 01:48:24 pm
    • Las Vegas
Re: The sloppy NET
« Reply #71 on: February 13, 2020, 01:47:11 am »
Well, far be it for me to gainsay such observations of the various states of sartorial disarray among many of the current crop of NETs...

Entitled millenials.
Catch my drift?