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Not your typical lady who lunches

Posted in After Work, Business Casual with tags , , , on April 7, 2011 by Jessica

Part of being a successful professional, in my opinion, is getting involved in and giving back to the local community. And not just the community of whatever your chosen profession – but the local community as a whole. With this in mind, I decided I needed to get involved. And, truthfully, not just for the above reason, but also because I like and want to be involved in the community. I am very fortunate to be where I am in my life and to have had the success that I’ve had in this short time and it makes me want to give back to those less fortunate. So I started looking into what organizations I might be interested in. That’s when a friend suggested Junior League. So I went to an open house orientation meeting this week to check it out. This is what I wore:

With the silk blouse and delicate gold jewelry, I was going for a look that would allow me to fit somewhat into the idea of a typical Junior League member. Oh, and if you’re wondering about the month of casual – as is common with lawyers, there was some fine print to the offer. If there are clients visiting, we’re asked/required to wear business casual. Oh well. Though I suppose it’s not so bad as I probably wouldn’t have wanted to wear jeans to the JL meeting anyway.

Now, I know JL has a very particular reputation among the public as being made up of a sort of “ladies who lunch” crowd. Having sat in a room of prospective and current members, I will say that image isn’t entirely false. Yes, there were definitely some ladies who fit that mold very well. But there were also several young professional women there as well.

I will be the first to admit that I didn’t feel 100% comfortable in the crowd – many of the ladies reminded me of the sorority girls from college and people who grew up and live very differently from myself. But I’m going to go for it just the same. Many of the causes and organizations that the local JL support are ones that mean a great deal to me. From their literature, it’s not a small time commitment but I am excited to give it a try.

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.