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Women walk a narrow tightrope when it comes to lớn what they can—và can"t—wear khổng lồ be taken seriously at the office.

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Alexandra Ocasio Cortez wore a nondescript blaông chồng jacket, and that was enough for a controversy.

Someone snapped a picture of the young congresswoman from behind, prompting a snide tweet from a conservative sầu reporter that Oscasio-Cortez, who has been forthright about her financial challenges, “doesn’t look lượt thích a girl who struggles.”

"If I walked inlớn Congress wearing a saông chồng, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response. "If I walk in with my best sale-raông chồng clothes, they laugh và take a picture of my backside. Dark hates light - that’s why you tune it out. Shine bright & keep it pushing."

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If I walked inkhổng lồ Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh và take a picture of my backside.If I walk in with my best sale-raông xã clothes, they laugh và take a picture of my backside.Dark hates light - that’s why you tune it out.Shine bright và keep it pushing.✨ https://t.co/mRq5wn0v9A

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (
AOC) November 15, 2018

Which is an excellent sentiment. But god, when it comes khổng lồ things you can wear in the workplace, it sure seems lượt thích we have sầu khổng lồ push a lot harder than any men around us.

When I was younger, & seemingly much more patient, I went khổng lồ a lecture on what women could wear in order to lớn be taken seriously in the workplace. It was that pre-Trump, Sheryl Sandberg era where we believed that if we did everything perfectly everything would be fine. I believe the answer was “a turtleneck và round toed pumps”—though there is no question in my mind now that would also be open khổng lồ criticism (not fun enough, not sexy enough, too matronly). The class ended with a woman asking the lecturer how she could tell one of her female co-workers that the co-worker was not dressed appropriately because some women vì love making life harder for other women for no reason.

The men’s class was the next day.

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Haha, I am joking; và laughing, as a man would if you suggested he attend such a lecture. Men know that as long as they do not wear swimming trunks và a Nazi armband khổng lồ their office, they’ll be pretty much fine.

Now, one might say, “well, men just wear suits lớn work so it’s not a problem because they have a phối unikhung,” of which, in itself, there’s no true female equivalent. If you do want to lớn be a woman who wears a suit, vị you wear a skirt suit, or does that come off as too Ally McBeal? Or a pantsuit, but that can come off as too Hillary Clinton? Or you could wear a dress, but that presents its whole own problems. There’s no “just wear a suit” equivalent for women.

"If you vì want lớn be a woman who wears a suit, do you wear a skirt suit, or does that come off as too Ally McBeal?"

Besides which, the notion that all high powered men are going around in identical suits, isn’t true is it? Men in Silibé Valley are considered visionary for wearing the same damn thing every day.

This is what happens to lớn women who try that.

The former “understood he had a finite capađô thị to make excellent decisions” and was managing his time excellently by repeating outfits. The latter “is guilty of committing the ultimate fashion faux pas... wearing the same outfit just four days apart.”

By the same token, the writer & broadcaster Chrissy Iley remarked, “It is simply harder to lớn be taken seriously wearing pink, so why make life hard?” But it only makes life harder for women. The Independent found that men who wear pink earn an average of 1,000 pounds more than men who don’t—and they also receive sầu more compliments than their colleagues.

One story about Mark Zuckerberg that is treated as a glorious sign of bravavày in The Social Network is about hyên ổn going to an investor meeting in pajamas. Stories lượt thích that bởi not exist about women like Sheryl Sandburg or Marissa Mayer. They bởi not seem likely khổng lồ any time soon.

Meanwhile one study that asked what a “successful woman manager” should look lượt thích remarked that “the concept of the ‘normal’ organizational body toàn thân is implicitly masculine. The female toàn thân is thereby stigmatized or seen as ‘other’—defined as inherently sexual, dangerous, suspicious, volatile và disruptive sầu.” To exist as a working woman means having khổng lồ prove sầu that you are none of these things. Any misstep in your dress can be perceived lớn prove the opposite.

"A man can wear pajamas to a meeting và be credited as a cool renegade. A woman can wear a blaông xã coat & be controversial."

The road that men can walk in the sartorial aspect of life is very wide. The path that women can walk is a tightrope. There is no way for women to lớn dress “right” because the more successful you get, the narrower the tightrope becomes. I doubt any critics really care about the quality of a woman’s coat. They just want to see women fall.

I’m not saying that people shouldn’t make an effort lớn dress for situations. A man who demands khổng lồ wear a T-shirt to a formal wedding does not strike me as being maveriông chồng so much as he just seems weirdly petulant. But women like Ocasio-Cortez are trying. Men who make no effort whatsoever on the fashion front get a lot more leeway than women who vị make a sizeable effort. A man can wear pajamas to lớn a meeting và be credited as a cool renegade. A woman can wear a black coat và be controversial. If a man dresses well—và by well I mean maybe he buys some interesting ties, or has a cool scarf, or wears a suit that isn’t blaông xã or blue—he’s seen as being so stylish that the actual substance of his work barely matters. That’s true even when his actual message is horrifying. Meanwhile, any flaw in a woman’s appearance is an excuse lớn dismiss her message, no matter how good.

I doubt Alexandra Ocasio Cortez is alone. I suspect there are many women with stories like her’s. And like her, I guess we’ll keep pushing.

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