LEOPARD SKIRT FOR WORK?

9:15 PM

I hope everyone is having a great week!
Mine started on Tuesday after I stayed home on Monday from what I thought would become a terrible cold. Thankfully, lemon ginger tea, and my bed helped me kick out whatever it was, out of my system. Thus my week started on this cold Tuesday.
I'd planned to wear this outfit on Monday when the weather was relatively okay. But decided to wear it in 40 degree weather. Big mistake! 

I'm thinking I should probably start accepting the fact that winter will soon be upon us and start dressing as so. 

Quick rant:
You know what bothers me? What's generally considered business professional attire for women.

I got an email recently about a business professional clothing drive for women  in need. I thought of many pieces I could donate. But then after reading the details of the drive, I realized that none of the pieces I thought of would actually qualify as business professional based on the terms stated. Items needed are pant suits and jackets, shirts, plain dresses, and blazers, and other items that would make the women seem worthy of a job in the business world. This led me to think: Why are women expected to dress as "mini men" in order to look the part for a job- especially in the corporate world? While I do like pant suits, and blazers, and button ups and all that, why are some companies so bent on making sure potential candidates dress in a particular style in order to look the part. And this particular style is mostly a woman's version of a business man's suit. Why is it the first thing that comes to mind when we think of dressing "appropriately" for an interview, or a big meeting? 
I think many of us do this subconsciously. And I think the underlying reason is the fact that we've been playing catch up with men in business, and many other fields. So the particular attire that depicts a successful woman in business is the female version of a suit.
I am happy to see many companies adopting a culture of self-expression through clothing. But we've got such a long way to go in unboxing the image of a professional woman.I am all for appropriating styles for different functions of life (i.e. Church, work, partying..). But within established norms, especially for work in this case, shouldn't there be some reform? I mean since women can now be just as successful as men, if not more, in the business world.  
 Even the media perpetuates this. I am an avid Scandal follower. I want Olivia Pope's entire wardrobe. But can she wear a dress to OPA one day? 
Rant over. 

Anyway, I am just thankful that I can express my style at work without it affecting the way my success is perceived.

Am I the only one who feels this way? Or am I exaggerating? 

I want to hear your thoughts.

Check out the pictures from my outfit below!











Details:
Coat: MANGO.com 
Skirt: Express
Turtleneck: H&M
Shoes: Zara
Purse: Thrifted
Scarf: Unknown (Christmas gift) 
 Belt/ Earrings/ Shades: Aldo/ Chico's/ TJ Maxx


Do not be fooled: I was freezing! 

Thank you for stopping by! 

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