Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bundle Up! [Appropriately]

 While the afternoon weather still says 'summer' in Portland, the mornings have been increasingly chillier.  So regardless of what comes that day, my 6:30 AM-assembled office outfits have been Fall-ready (and then I just sweat it out all afternoon.. yummy!). This transition from Summer wardrobes (which have no need for extra layers) to Fall wardrobes has me noticing (and dreading) my least favorite epidemic of the Fall/Winter Corporate World season: work jackets.
I don't know why this particular issue bugs me so much and I'm beyyyyyoooond aware that there are plennnnttttyyyy of careers that deem this opinion useless (you work outside, you are hands-on with kids or nature, etc.). But if you work in Corporate America as I do (or any place resembling Dunder Mifflin)- I truly believe that you need to never, ever, ever wear a fleece jacket to work and play it off like it's even somewhat appropriate. And yes- I'm talking to you who just hangs it up on a coat rack upon arrival: it's still a declaration of your professional-wardrobe adherence.

This opinion has resulted in a couple friends asking me why I hate fleece jackets so much. I don't! I love them. Despite the fact that I would have to give up my "Pacific NW Member" card if I said I didn't- I genuinely think they serve a great purpose at the right time.
But I also genuinely think that that purpose is nowhere.near.your.cubicle. It just looks... Unprofessional. Lazy. Dated. Ignorant. Amateurish. Diffident. - shall I go on? So instead of doing the easy thing and grabbing your rain-resistant shell over your otherwise perfectly poised, professional outift... try something like this:

Not because I think I'm better than anyone who wears fleece to work but because I think every working girl who has this bad habit CAN do better.

That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it!
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23 comments:

Karrine Beasley said...

Haha i would probably be one of the fleece people, though realisitically i avoid all coats as much as i can... you rock them all so well but i just can never find a coat that fits comfortably and looks good on me - i hate them!!!
:)
xx

Charlotte said...

I feel the same way, though with how freezing it gets here I'm guilty of wearing my parka a few times.. its the only coat I have that keeps my hair perfectly dry in the rain! (which means no frizz and no grumpy 'my hair is awful' face)

| C AND C | Sarmin said...

I haven't bought a coat in 13 years. (Guess how long I have lived in AZ) The 2ND black one, oh so cute! I can't get behind fleeces. & I bet you have the best coats ever, your SATC coat post tells all.

Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

You crack me up with this. I remember reading a very similar post from you when I first started reading your blog. And honestly? I have taken it to heart at least a little bit. I still wear outfits to work that would have you shaking your head in shame, but I do try to put a little bit more effort into now after seeing how polished you always look. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Erika said...

Gah! Your work ensemble is too adorable - I love it! I'm all about cropped blazers, pea coats, and trenches for work! :)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

i am a sucker for coats...love love. My faves here are the 2 black ones (Burberry sigh) and the Udobuy? That one is so cute!

Mandee said...

I feel like I may have read this about you before! You must have talked about it on the blog in the past! I totally agree. Get a good coat, even if you wear it everyday, if its fashionable and professional, do it.

Jocelyn Pascall said...

I agree. Also, it's weird to see you in jeans in that last picture. I feel like you stopped wearing jeans in back in college or something. Do you even own them anymore?

TheUrbanUmbrella said...

I love that black jacket with the two layers and belted waist - WANT.

I totally agree with you, fleeces are NOT for the office - they are for camping and being outdoors, not work!


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Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Jocelyn Lol Jocie, that pic was from our beach venture last Spring so yes I do wear them sometimes! Just prefer dresses.

Julye said...

I like all the jackets!!

HollyGoGlam said...

I could not agree with you more!! Fleece is ONLY ok for the gym or morning runs to the farmer's market or on a cozy date night in with the love.. As a lady in the working world, show you mean business!

p.s. We are buddies on instagram (katiebullock26)- i finally restarted a new blog!!! www.hollygoglam.blogspot.com ;)

Kate Sparkles said...

Ah this is a huge pet peeve of mine too - because I was raised by one of it's biggest offenders- my father who not only works in an office but it the boss with a team in five states he wears beautiful suits/ties/shirts and covers them up with an electric blue fleece that he has owned since I was ten. Seriously it kills me.. The man can afford a nice coat but claims they aren't comfy. Kill Me. I'm tempted to send him a link to this to prove the point I've spent the last decade trying to make!

Ali W. said...

Love this! You are so funny. I am all about the mom-sweats...because I pretty much stay in my house and chase my child. I WISH I had more places to wear cute coats too though! Does that count? :)

auntiepeep said...

I am a PacNW'er too and I wholeheartedly agree!! I see SO many parkas and fleece jackets in downtown PDX everyday!

Ashleigh said...

Amen sista! Unprofessional. Lazy. Dated. Ignorant. Amateurish. Diffident. - yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!! We have a section of town I like to call North Face Village, no matter what cute outfit is hiding underneath, a fleece is on top. So over it!

Elle Sees said...


I totally agree with this! Fleece make me think outdoor events. PS: girlie, you know I didn't air brush my pimple out. I wish I knew how though :-)

Ocean Dreams said...

Lol you go girl! And for the record I agree with this too. I don't even go to an office and I love my "office" type jackets. They are classy and instantly dress up an outfit, fleece free!

Jessica Wray said...

you're like the coat queen, seriously!!!!

Peony

Panty Buns said...

Just how cold does it get there in Portland? I'm not looking forward to winter here. Your work outfit looks fantastic. I really love the whole ensemble from your hair, the tailored blue jacket (is that a red scarf under it?), to the skirt, black leggings and heels. The reason I asked how cold it gets is because of the flip-flops and rolled up jeans in the second photo. Not good attire for snow but great for the beach. That's a nice range of dressy coats the third image for if and when the cold weather arrives. I'd prefer an unusual heat-wave all winter. Not likely in the New England area.

For The Fierce said...

Omg yes here in NY it's getting chilly too! Colder at night, still warm in the day time. I'm excited to bring out my pea coats tho! & cute coat your wearing, you look happy to be going to work lol


x

Kara said...

Hahaha your disdain for fleece around the office always makes me giggle!! You definitely offered a great selection of stylish alternatives...your coworkers have NO excuse :)

LoveStyleHappiness said...

lol! i know what you mean about the fleece jacket in the office. btw the non-fleece options that you picked out are all super cute!

Maggie
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