Friday, November 16, 2012
The working life: What we wear
This dress, sold at Kohl's, sold at Kohl's starting Thursday Nov 8 after heavy promotion for a month (they got a mention in Oprah or Real Simple or someplace - I tore the page out of the magazine because I liked the dress so much, but I don't have that page with me right now), was sold out of my size by Friday morning, Nov 9.
Shame on you, Kohl's. Shame on you for not making enough of these dresses.
Shame on you for not recognizing that these would sell like hotcakes. (Although I have never seen hotcakes selling faster than any other food item. Are the IHOPs busier than the other fast-food restaurants?)
Shame on you for missing a chance to improve shareholder value and the world.
How? How could you have improved the world?
You could have given women in almost every part of the United States something pretty, flattering, and professional to work.
As in, you could have made available a dress that has sleeves.
Do you know how rare this is? Do you know how unusual it is for a dress to have sleeves? Dresses that masquerade as "for work" yet are sleeveless?
Tell me, fashion designers, in what world is it acceptable for women to wear sleeveless dresses to work and not look underdressed? I know, I know - some of the fashion industry, probably, and almost everywhere in New York and LA, where all women have perfect arms, but in the Midwest, we hide our arms. We have really good food here which means our arms are not cut and ripped. They are ordinary women arms. And most of us would prefer not to expose them to our co-workers.
Tell me as well, fashion designers, where it is warm enough to wear sleeveless dresses in the winter? I can tell you that Milwaukee is not one of those places. I remember well and with great fondness - except for my crappy job in corporate finance, that is, but the rest of the time, I liked the place - my time in Miami. In Miami, it is warm enough to go sleeveless in the winter.
But guess what?
I still didn't do it! Because it was Not Done at my workplace!
And I say that as someone who dressed like a 70-year-old retired librarian in Boca Raton. I drove to the rich neighborhoods to shop at their consignment stores. Unfortunately, I did not have the sense to realize that Boca is populated by retired ladies who love their pastel pantsuits. I am shocked that nobody offered me the early bird special when I was in the cafeteria at work - I was dressed for it.
Where was I?
Oh. It's TOO COLD and it's NOT PROFESSIONAL to have bare arms! So buy the extra two yards of fabric and ADD SLEEVES!
Don't even get me started on pockets.