When I look through stores for something to post for the morning’s TPS, I see a ton of sweaters that strike me as inappropriate for the office, and it’s surprisingly hard to put my finger on why. So I thought I’d start a discussion today: what makes a sweater inappropriate (or appropriate) for the office? (Pictured: I just ordered this cardigan at the big Nordstrom sale going on today — here’s hoping it’s versatile enough for both the workday and the weekend! Laurie B ‘Retail’ Cardigan (was $128, now $75).
For my own $.02, I often pass up sweaters and cardigans that are
- too chunky — while a really chunky cardigan can look great with leggings or jeans, it has to have a certain professionalism for the office, I think — either shaped like a blazer, or the ability to be belted
- too “hot mama” — if the model is wearing it skin-tight, or if it dips too low in the front, then it may be better for a night out than for the workday…
- too “holiday” — sequins, velvet, sparkly buttons — all of these things might be great to wear to an office holiday party, but not for the regular workday
- too … schlubby – I don’t even know the word to define this! I think this is a common problem with longer sweaters, like the boyfriend sweater trend or the waterfall cardigan trend. For my purposes, I’ll often I try to imagine whatever sweater I’m considering with a pencil skirt or sheath dress… and then I try to imagine a teenager wearing it with leggings and Uggs. If it looks better on the imaginary Ugg-clad teenager, I generally pass it by… The sweater I just ordered, for example, might be better for pairing with jeans on the weekend (but the positive reviews still made me add it to my bag)…
What are your thoughts, readers? What makes a sweater appropriate (or inappropriate) for the office?