Okay, so is an all black (or rather, all dark grey) outfit too forbidding for the first day of class? I mean, I do want to scare my students enough so that they take the reading schedule seriously. But I don't want to scare them so much that they're terrified for their grade and don't speak up in class.
And yes, I'm overthinking this. But the alternative is changing my syllabus (again), overthinking that. And I really ought to print my syllabi and be done, since I'm teaching @ 10 tomorrow. Right? (Let me just read one more story, just in case I want to squeeze it in somewhere...)