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I’m baaaaaaaack…

Posted in Business Formal, Lawyering with tags , , , , , on April 25, 2011 by Jessica

So I’ve been an excessively recalcitrant blogger lately. My sincerest apologies. Work got crazy busy. And I took a (mini) vacation. And I lost my camera. And the dog ate my homework – I know. But now I’m back! I hope you all missed me.

Let’s mix things up a bit. I work in a business casual office (that is still currently in its month-long stint of casual wear). So it’s not often that I have reason to wear business formal. So I give you, ladies and gentlemen – a suit!

Every professional woman should have a favorite suit. I should say – not just a favorite suit – but one that makes you feel good, strong, and a total badass. This would be mine. I’m not sure what it is about this particular suit that makes me feel like a woman to be reckoned with, but I’m guessing it’s either the good, comfortable fit, the off-black color, or the subtle pinstripes.
And of course, the red shirt adds a little something extra to it. It’s not a shy color, to say the least. If you’re willing to wear a color like this, you have to be willing (or wanting) to have people take notice.

I wore this for one of my first court appearances. I do alot of mediations and courtcall hearings. Both are rather informal and relaxed. Mediation is, by its nature, an informal process and calling-in for a hearing just tends to feel less formal. For this particular set of hearings, I wanted to appear very classic and formal to help me feel and to remember to be more formal. Also, because this particular set of hearings was going to last most of the day and require me to run between multiple courtrooms, I knew I needed to be comfortable. So I went with my favorite suit and a classic button-front shirt in a bold color.

Now, it’s time for me to enter some billing and get ready for the craziness that’s to come this week (and watch some Law & Order while I’m doing the above). Nighty night!

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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!

Just a little preppiness…

Posted in Business Casual, Uncategorized, Wear to Work with tags , , , , on March 21, 2011 by Jessica

I could give you the same excuse about being dead-tired and completely bogged-down at work (which are all true), but it would be the same old excuses for being a recalcitrant blogger. So to my meager audience out there – my apologies. I’m trying to set up a schedule for blogging and getting better at this anyway.

Anyway, on to the fashion! As a general rule, I’ve never considered myself preppy. Frankly, there’s part of me that still cringes at that world. I’m a girl who used to wear band t-shirts, Chuck Taylors, clothes from Gadzooks, always jeans, and nary a skirt or dress in sight. But as I’ve gotten older my style has turned more towards the “classic”, though there are occasional moments which reflect more former punk rock college student propensities. And just the tiniest little bit of prep seems to have worked its way in… 

Behold – the sweater vest. Only one of the preppiest items an individual can wear. At least it’s not argyle. It’s actually quite cute – there’s a row of buttons down the front (like a cardigan) and small lacy ruffles down either side of the placket. I’ve tried this vest with t-shirts underneath it (a look of frequently done using structured suiting vests), but for some reason it just doesn’t quite work. So I stick with button front shirts – this one is a lovely jewel-tone blue made from a fabric with both sheen and stretch.

I quite like this look. The touch of preppiness is just that – just a touch. And a touch of something different from our norm adds variety and interest to our wardrobe. I rocked my sweater vest today. I can let my punk rocker girl shine through the other 6 days of the week.