Archive for Sweaters

Comfy business casual and first office happy hour

Posted in After Work, Business Casual with tags , , , on March 3, 2011 by Jessica

Happy Thursday (i.e. Happy almost-Friday)!

So this week has been a little crazy. I’m sure you’ve guess by my less than regular blogging this week. Work has really picked up for me this week and I’ve also had a few personal engagements after work this week. So I’ve been getting home late the past night or two. In other words – I. Am. BEAT.

Today’s outfit was picked with two particular facts in mind: (1) When I woke up this morning I was beyond tired (2) I was going to my first office happy hour. Based on both of those facts, the natural outfit was a dress and cardigan. Apologies for the lack of model (i.e. me) in the pictures – I got into PJs as soon as I got home and didn’t get a picture while I was still in the outfit.

To me, one of hte only things comfier (sp?) than an old t-shirt and jeans is a dress and cardigan. This dress looks gray from afar, but up close has a houndstooth-esque pattern to it. It’s one of my favorite work dresses (and is actually the first I ever got!). The cardigan is fun and has a cute little detail along the edges.

The detail along the edging of the dress adds a little extra interest to an otherwise very simple outfit. And the earrings… well they’re just fun! As I said before, I went with the dress/sweater combo for today because it’s comfy (and I was dead tired), but also because I thought by removing the cardigan would transition the outfit really well into happy hour. As it turned out though, I left the cardigan on as it was a little cool this evening.

Nighty night everyone and sweet dreams!

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What to wear to a weekend mock trial competition, i.e. Trying not to look like an intimidating attorney Part 2

Posted in Weekend Wear with tags , , , , on February 27, 2011 by Jessica

So a few weeks ago my dear friend – j – over at Look! I Look Cute Today! totally exploited my love of trial advocacy and mock trial competitions when she convinced me to judge a weekend high school mock trial competition. I had a fantastic time! The competitors did an all around great job for only having a high schooler’s level of understanding of trial procedure and evidentiary rules (hearsay and legal relevancy were particularly difficult issues). The only down-side to the competition – I had to be at the courthouse at 8am on a Saturday. So much for sleeping in (though I did get to take a lovely long late-afternoon nap on the sofa afterwords).

So when I was figuring out what to wear for the competition, I found myself in a rather similar position as I did when I went to my first mediation (discussed in Trying NOT to look like an intimidating attorney). Add in the fact that I had no idea what the other attorneys would be wearing (ranged from full suits to jeans), I didn’t want to be overly business-y.

The first outfit I thought of wearing was very different. It was a pair of black slacks, gray shawl collar sweater, and a burgundy camisole underneath. But it was a rather dark outfit and I wasn’t really in dark-clothes-mood. And it would appear that spring has arrived to the Florida gulf coast. As the day was absolutely gorgeous outside, I felt the need to bring a little bit of the spring in-doors. Hence the gorgeous teal color and floral applique on the right shoulder.

Though I am wondering a little bit in whether I succeeded at looking appropriately attorney-ish enough. Why you might ask? Well, because when I walked up to a group of attorneys which included a few of the attorneys running the competition and asked where we should go, I was asked which team I was with. As in which HIGH SCHOOL team was I a part of. Sigh.

Exhaustion quickly setting in…

Posted in Business Casual, Wear to Work with tags , , on February 23, 2011 by Jessica

So, I’m tired. So. Very. Tired. Therefore, my sincere apologies for being something of a recalcitrant blogger. Even more sincere apologies for neglecting to photograph and blog some darn cute outfits this week!

So you’ll just have to settle for today’s outfit –

The sweater is one of my absolute favorites. I’ve had it for a few years now and it’s held up pretty well over the years and multiple washings. I also love the color. It’s creamy and soft and not as harsh as a stark white. It’s from Express – not one of my typically favorite stores to shop in for professional clothes. In my opinion their clothes are a bit too trendy for a conservative work environment – but I guess this goes to show you never know where you might find great appropriate pieces.
I added a lace trim camisole to raise the neckline of the sweater. Some people feel lace is entirely inappropriate for the office, but I personally find small amounts to be perfectly fine. And it’s the only cream-colored camisole I own.

This is a bracelet I love. I love the color and the painted on flowers. And you know what else? I made it. Ok, I didn’t make or paint the beads, but I did buy them from the local JoAnn’s and strung them myself. DIY apparel can be totally appropriate when simple, not kitchy, and not covered in holiday glitz and kitties.

And now it’s late. Well, maybe not late. But I am dead tired. Nighty night blog-world!

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!

Day 2: What to wear after Day 1

Posted in Business Casual, Wear to Work with tags , , , on February 16, 2011 by Jessica

So sorry I missed you all after my first day. The truth is I was (and still am) dead tired. My body hasn’t quite adjusted to keeping lawyer-hours. An annoying side-effect it would seem from months of unemployment.

As I’m sure you all expected, my first day I wore a suit. And I have to say I am sorely annoyed with myself for not getting a picture of it – because I looked darn good! A silky royal blue button-front shirt with short sleeves. Black with gray pinstripe skirt suit. Burgundy pumps. Med-sized drop-shaped earrings with a mother of pearl finish. As I said, darn good.

But I find that dressing for day 2 is a bit trickier than dressing for day 1. In lawyer world, you wear a suit the first day. End of story. Maybe you wear a shirt underneath your jacket that can stand on its own if you can take off the jacket as your day goes on. But then comes day 2. The suit may not be necessary, but you haven’t been at the firm long enough to get a firm grip of dress code and culture of your new firm.

So in putting together today’s outfit, I tried to walk the line between I-just-started-here-formal and I’m-already-getting-comfortable.

There’s a few things I like about this outfit. For starters, I love the sweater. I typically avoid one-button jackets like the plague as they tend to make those of us with large busts and spare tires look like stuffed sausages. But this one, I’m guessing because of the soft knit fabric, falls much more softly but the shape of it still kind of resembles a blazer. The shirt is also a bit more formal than a t-shirt under a sweater. The fabric is cotton, but a bit thicker with more structure and nice ruffled neckline. The slacks are a classic, charcoal gray (matching piece to a suit).

When going for a more simple, classic look like the above I like to mix in funky accessories. It truly is one of my greatest loves in life. From the picture above you can spot a few of these extra touches. The dark nail polish (one of my newest loves which I hopefully will be doing a post on later). The bracelet – beads with blue, pink, and gold details. But my favorite in this outfit is the necklace.

This necklace is one of my favorite acquisitions of late. It was approximate $5 from Forever21 (my secret hunting ground for fun and inexpensive accessories). It’s just fun and a little unexpected, though still quite lovely and feminine.

Well that’s all for tonight. I’ll be back in the office tomorrow continuing to learn the ropes at my new firm – and hopefully looking fabulous while doing it!