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!