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How Pam Beesly got her groove back

by Kristin Sample, posted Oct 1st 2007 1:07PM
Jenna Fischer as Pam BeeslyOn the show's season premiere this past Thursday, longtime fans of The Office surely noticed Pam Beesly's (Jenna Fischer's) new sexier wardrobe, make-up and hair. For the past two seasons of The Office, Pam has sported the following:
  • button-down cotton shirts (nothing too colorful, mostly stripes and neutrals)
  • frumpy skirts (paired with opaque stockings or pantyhose)
  • comfortable loafers with low wide heels
Her skin was pasty and pale lacking any real make-up and showing little to no evidence of ever being in the sun. And her gorgeous curly hair was suppressed back into a a half-ponytail. Clearly, Pam put little effort into her appearance for her workday. But keeping that extra button fastened on her shirt and not wearing lip gloss does deter Toby from asking her out and Michael making inappropriate comments about how well-endowed she is. Well, in the case of the latter, nothing prevents that.

Pam has always been one of the more attractive women at the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin. Despite her dowdy clothing, she has long been considered a hottie by the single men in the office.
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Michael many times has made off-color comments about Pam's chest and how she should dress sexier. My favorite of these comments was during season two season three. Michael, with his characteristic quizzical look on his face, made the observation that he was surprised that the flasher chose to expose himself to Phyllis in the parking lot and not Pam or Karen. As if to say, don't all flashers choose attractive thin people to violate? Clearly, this flasher had no standards. If the flasher chose Pam, the crime would have been that much more horrific and warranted a serious investigation.

In addition to Michael's many inappropriate comments about Pam, Toby and Creed have made attempts to either ask her out or just hit on her. Before the beach party last season, Michael told Toby that he was uninvited. Toby then went up to the reception desk and offered his sunscreen to Pam. I can't forget the look on Toby's face when Pam thanked him aPam and Jim talk about their budding relationship. nd mentioned that she really could use the sunscreen because she would be wearing a two-piece.

This season all those conservative cardigans and plain shirts have been replaced by cute form-fitting sweaters that show more skin than anything I have seen her wear in seasons one or two. Pam wore a two beautiful sweaters on the season premiere: one purple short-sleeved knit and a light-weight beige sweater with a scoop neck and ribbed waistband. Both tops even looked more expensive than her usual picks--maybe even cashmere?

Why the new duds? The wardrobe transformation certainly flows from the Pam and Jim plotline. The obvious answer is that Pam and Jim are together now so she feels happier and is dressing more attractively for work because she will see her boyfriend there. But I think it runs a bit deeper in the development of Pam Beesly's character. Last season at the beach party, Pam was the only office worker who successfully walked over the hot coals. She then interrupted the rest of the group to tell them of her triumph pointing out that no one else, not even Michael, would or could do it. Her speech quickly segued into her feelings about her co-workers (especially Jim). She chided them all for not coming to her art show and then very candidly spoke to Jim about the awkwardness between them. She ended by saying how good she felt to get all that out. I think it was this new found courage that changed the dynamic between Pam and the office workers, Pam and Jim and even Pam and herself. In her speech she gave Jim the reason he needed to break up with Karen and take another chance on her. She is more confident and out-spoken and her new dress is just another expression of that.

I love the new Pam Beesly. Check out this video of Pam talking about her summer and her new attitude.

Do you like the new Pam?
Yes, I love her!989 (87.8%)
No, I like the old quiet Pam better.109 (9.7%)
I don't really care enough about the character in the first place.28 (2.5%)

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Bob Bobson

Honestly I like Pam better when she wore less makeup. I mean, the outfits thing doesn't matter to me, but I think she is really pretty without makeup and with makeup it just rubs me the wrong way.

July 08 2014 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


I totally agree with the Nikki comparison. She is the quintessential conservative-dressing woman, and old Pam was very much in that same vein. Not quite the ankle-length skirts on Big Love, but not too far off. I always thought Pam was hot, and now we finally get to see her showing off a bit. I

October 02 2007 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love the new and improved Pam Beesly! Even with her growth over the past season I was still surprised and impressed with how assertive she was during the episode.

October 02 2007 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The only thing that "is startlingly obvious" is that in your rush to criticize (read - TROLL), you forgot to press the spacebar.

October 02 2007 at 6:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

@ Trevor:

But she wasn't in LOVE w/ her fiance. Or trying to impress him.

October 01 2007 at 8:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dressing more attractively because she'll see her boyfriend at work? Did you forget she saw her fiance at work for all of the first 2 seasons?

October 01 2007 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really wonder why this is something you would write an article about instead of maybe getting some info about that extreme back injury that was reported earlier this year.

Guess it wasn't that much of a problem then...

You could also maybe have taken a look into the future. What's in store for Pam and Jim? Do you think that we will ever return to plain old Pam because of a breakup?

I seriously doubt that the show will break this relationship up again. I think they will stick together through everything to come, as horrible as it may get. I guess we might even see even more of Pam in the future than just the curly hair. Who knows, maybe there will be a real relationship in the office for all to see and maybe she'll stand up to everyone a bit more and maybe then we'll see some real cleavage ;-) (just kidding)

October 01 2007 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The picture of Pam at the top of this post, she looks an awful lot like Nikki in Big Love. The shirt, hair, and pose really are very Nikki esque. I just noticed that.

October 01 2007 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mr. O

In all fairness to Mr. Scott, he asked if the flasher had "seen Pam. Or Karen from behind."


October 01 2007 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i hate to break it to you, but all of this insight isstartlingly obvious.

October 01 2007 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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