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Going casual for a whole month? Ok…

Posted in Casual, Job, Wear to Work with tags , , , , on April 5, 2011 by Jessica

So in light of the tragedy that has occurred in Japan, my office decided to do something about. So they decided to do a fundraiser titled “Casual for Charity”. Basically, for a small donation individuals at the office can wear denim for the next month! Of course, I jumped on it. Who doesn’t like to wear denim as often as possible (and to keep down their dry cleaning bill)?

I find that dressing casually at the office presents its own particular set of problems. First, there is the ability to maintain an appearance of authority that is inherent in business attire. In order to do this, I plan to wear more structured tops than normal such as button-front shirts, more fitted/structured sweaters, and vests.

So for my first day of a month of casual, this is what I wore:

I think this particular outfit fits the bill pretty well. I like these jeans in particular for the what appears to be faux seams/pleats down the front of the lower leg. I honestly have no idea how these lines appeared down the front these jeans, but I rather like the look of them.
As for the vest – I spent some considerable time obsessing over finding a suiting-style vest that I liked. This is what I came up with. It’s not 100% what I wanted, but I do rather like it. As is very obvious, not all of the buttons can be button (though in my own defense I would point out that the bottom button-hole is not a real hole and is just for show). I am aware of the fact that an item such as this doesn’t… well… down-play certain assets of mine. However, I take the attitude that my, uh, assets are fairly obvious to the rest of the world. And it’s not like they’re hanging all out for the whole world to see. So trying to dress as if they don’t exist, or worse, that I might be embarrassed by them, is pretty much futile.

Now it’s time for dinner and a little de-compression after a busy day. Have a great evening, all!

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Denim Fridays (posted on Saturday)

Posted in Casual, Wear to Work with tags , , , on February 19, 2011 by Jessica

I survived my first week of work! And I’m exhausted.
In the realm of exciting work news – (1) I finally have my own work space (thanks to rapid expansion in both the field of law and my particular firm, my work space is a cubicle currently lacking in a phone) and (2) I’ve officially been assigned my caseload. The first is exciting – makes the new job seem real – and the second is frightening – makes the new job seem VERY real.

But more importantly, what did I wear for my first casual Friday?? My office does casual/denim Fridays. I find that wearing denim to the office presents its own particular challenges. Even though you’re dressing “casually” does not mean you should put aside the appearance of professionalism and authority. In this particular outfit, I don’t think I necessarily pulled off “authoritative” (I’ve only been there a week and I don’t feel particularly authoritative yet), but I do think I still looked professional.

I LOVE these jeans. I fought the skinny jean trend hardcore for a long time. That is, until I found a pair of skinny jeans that fit me perfectly. I really believe that skinny jeans can work on most figures, it’s just a matter of finding the pair that fit correctly. In my personal opinion, skinny jeans should not be skin-tight. Which is part of why I like this particular pair – they’re fitted without being tight. The t-shirt is a staple in my wardrobe (and I have the same one in four different colors) and the twisted silk neckline gives it a little more interest. And the boyfriend-ish cardigan adds a little more coverage and is just comfy. Because professional wear can be comfortable, right? Right?

As you all have probably figured out about me, no outfit is complete without some fun color(s). So check out the earrings.

Apologies for the slightly blurry picture. The earrings are shaped like leaves. They certainly don’t match the rest of the outfit, but the earrings go when treated as a pop of color in an otherwise relatively neutral colored outfit.

And now I’m off to enjoy my Saturday! Happy weekend all!