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It’s not the heat, it’s the effing humidity

July 21, 2010

L-A: Now that I’m sitting in front of a fan, I’m not nearlly as cranky as when I first thought of the idea for this post.  But the fact remains that the humidity in my office building left me feeling like I couldn’t breathe and that I was possibly melting.

Fun! I was longing for the wading pool Ally used when she was pregnant on BabyG.  The humidity is ruining perfectly good days. My hair is bad, I have cankles (slowly getting better),  I’m falling asleep at my desk, makeup is useless and I can’t figure out what to wear that is work appropriate, but not suffocating.  I’m at a loss. Why can’t weird hair and a muumuu be fashionable at work?

Oh. Right. That’s why. (fact: if you google “Mrs. Roper”, you get a lot of pictures of Nicole Richie. I’m sure this will piss Ally off, but I’m just stating a simple fact. No judgment. None at all).

A co-worker pointed out that he was managing the humidity in linen trousers, but if he had to be in my building (he works in a different building. One with A/C. I might hate him) he’d want to spend the day in boxers. Not exaclty what you wear to work. But his decision to wear linen trousers got me thinking: why aren’t more dudes dressing in nice looking, weather appropriate clothes. Kudos to this Friend of FPQT. Instead of wearing a wool suit to work all year round and expecting the thermostat to adjust with him, he’s wearing linen.  Dear Dudes: it’s summer, let’s do this right. If women can wear outfits that are seasonally appropriate, then so can you. Let us review.  Fall/Winter suit:

I don't care if it is Armani. If you're wearing this in July, then ur doin it wrong.

(Late) Spring/Summer:

You see? Much better.

If you say, “but suits are expensive, I can’t go buying new suits for summer and for winter”, I’ll slap you. You can so buy a summer suit. If I have to buy summer work clothes on a budget, then so can you. I’m not saying buy the most expensive suit and I’m not asking you to dress like Tom Wolfe, but something in a linen won’t kill you. Although, you could take a lesson or two from Tom Wolfe circa 1978.

Totally appropriate summer office wear. Golf claps to 1978 Tom Wolfe.

Or you could avoid the suit and do what my co-worker did, trousers and a dress shirt. Voila. Unfussy and not demanding the deep freeze setting on the thermostat. I would even be okay with a nice polo. But for the love of all things holy, do not do Sears catalogue office casual.

Your office casual makes Baby Jesus and Ally cry.

Unless you are a model for Sears or Mark’s Work Wearhouse, I hope I never see you wearing that.  It’s so boring. Put some imagination into your wardrobe. If you can’t do imagination before your first cup of coffee, then do it while you’re shopping, that way you’ll already have nice outfits planned in advance.

Don’t believe me? Well, how about a poll?

So let’s do this. Do it for the enviornment (save on A/C). Do it for the ladies you work with (they don’t need to freeze so you can wear your jacket). Do it to look good.  (And while you’re at it, lose the backpack as an accessory. You’re not in grade six anymore. But that’s a story for another day).

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2010 10:31 am

    Everything is right about Tom Wolfe circa 1978 – right down to the Shoes With Flare.

  2. Eden permalink
    July 21, 2010 2:57 pm

    Yes! And if you work in an environment that requires a suit, you should own at LEAST three nice suits, and there is no good reason one of them shouldn’t be summer appropriate.

    My big issue with men’s fashion this summer is the rise of the rolled-pant-plus-sockless-shoe. I cannot EVEN deal.

    • L-A permalink*
      July 21, 2010 8:32 pm

      I am torn on the no sock, rolled pants. Mostly I hate it, but sometimes I see it and I think I like it. I don’t know. It’s tearing me up inside.

      • Eden permalink
        July 22, 2010 8:16 am

        I think what it comes down to me is that there is nothing special about the male ankle, and as such it does not need to be showcased. Nothing wrong with a sockless loafer with khakis, but the rolling just seems unnecessary. If your pants are too long, get them hemmed.

        Unless you’re on a boat! Lots of things are allowed on a boat that aren’t allowed anywhere else.

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