Introductions are in order…

It’s nice to meet you. My name’s Jessica. But since we’re friends, you can call me Jess.

So why am I here? I don’t mean in the existential sense – why am I here writing a fashion blog? Well I’m a lawyer and I like dressing like one. And I like fashion. Those are good reasons, right? In all seriousness, I do enjoy getting dressed in the morning. I look at it like a puzzle – putting all the pieces together in just the right way to create the image you desire. I’ve learned that conveying the image that I desire – authoritative, professional, and fashionable – is not that easy for a few different reasons.
(1) The law is a very conservative profession which expects rather conservative dress. Most lawyers spend their work days in business casual or business formal or somewhere in between. This leaves only so much room for creative fashioning. And if you’re going to be in the courtroom? For-get about it.
(2) I have some body and fit issues that make dressing its own challenge. I’m short, busty, and I carry some extra weight through the middle. It’s not easy to dress like a good professional lady when I have a hard time finding blouses and blazers that will contain my ample bosom or when stores carry a measly stock in my average-woman size 12. But challenges aren’t excuses for not trying your damnedest.
So I’m here to talk about dressing like a lawyer while trying to look fashionable yet appropriate for my career and dressing my far from cookie-cutter body. And maybe I’ll talk about the law every so often. Or whatever else I feel like.

But a little bit about me personally before we continue – I’m a lawyer. I graduated from law school in May 2010, passed the bar exam and was admitted to practice in October. Thanks to the craptastic economy, I only recently obtained a job. In fact I start Monday! And I’m super excited.
Let’s see, what else? Well, I live in Florida and have my entire life. I live with my dad – I know, far from cool or grown up. But this girl just finally got a job and I gotta save some money (in addition to paying off my ridiculous student loans)! I have a darling and awesome boyfriend named Alex. I have to say, he’s pretty swell. He goes to school part-time and works full-time. And I have some pretty great friends too.

So to wrap things up, just for fun –
Things I Love: Red or leopard print heels (but not at the same time – that would be tacky), Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Buns ice cream, lawerying, Being from the South (except for the heat and humidity, I can live without that), Old Crow Medicine Show, Agatha Christie novels, Law & Order, the University of Florida Gators, Mad Men, Long walks in the evening, and Crocheting (again with the lack of coolness)
Things I Don’t Love: Rush hour traffic, Stores that have yet to realize that the average American woman is a size 12 and not a size 2, paying for shipping, People who don’t dress up for court, Reality TV in general, Paying off student loans, Florida heat and humidity, the Florida State Seminoles, Indecisiveness, Hippies, and Early mornings (particularly when they lack coffee)

See ya’ll next time!


One Response to “Introductions are in order…”

  1. Hi Jess

    It must be hard to combine fashion and the dress codes of your job! I used to live in Japan all up until last year so I’ve always had really boring work clothes and suits until then. But I’ve put on a ton of weight since moving away from Japan so my old work wardrobe doesnt fit anymore.

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