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Paralegal Career Dressing: The $30 Suit

Paralegal Career Dressing: The $30 Suit

A while back I tweeted that I was wearing my $30 thrifted Loft suit, and several peeps demanded, “Pics!” only I was too busy supporting a busy litigation practice to get any. Last Friday wasn’t much better, and the light in my office was especially bad. I’d already been in an hour and a half meeting, addressed a client emergency, and was headed out of the office to drive about an hour and a half to speak at a N.C. Bar Association review course for the N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal exam.

I was wrinkled and frazzled, but I want to show you that you can get a great deal on a suit with regular thrifting. This suit was 50% off its $60 price tag, and Loft is a brand that fits me well. I love the short jacket, the subtle pin striping, and the comfort. Add a clearance no-iron shirt from Victoria’s Secret and faux pearls and multi-chains from Sears, and I’m ready to hit the road!

Loft suit (thrifted); Same ol’ shooties from Ross I’ve been running around in all winter; No-iron blouse (VS clearance); Faux pearl/chain necklace (Sears a couple of years ago)
I added the saturation which is why I look green. My sis gave this bag to me for my birthday. It’s great for gadget-toting.
Me and my sis on my birthday, getting ready to open her gift. She is pro’bly gonna kill me for this 😛

Have you ever scored a great thrift deal on a suit for the office?

8 Responses to Paralegal Career Dressing: The $30 Suit

  1. Excellent bargain. And it fits you beautifully.

    I go to thrift-stores regularly and while I always find a great array of women's clothes, I rarely find a decent men's suit. I don't think men donate good suits.

  2. @Emily ~ Girl, that is a GUEST post. Please, please put it on, and get that sweetie photographer of yours to take some pics so I can share your interview suit find of the year! 🙂

  3. OMG Wow! What a great deal. I adore loft suiting (though I have zero reason to wear an actual suit these days). It's the perfect color and cut for you. Totally jealous of your great find, but you really do look fab.

  4. I have scored two excellent suits via thrifting. One is a biege summer suit, in silk. The other is a charcoal grey with a peter-pan sort of collar. I feel the need for no more suits. Both are excellent fits and I think I paid about $30 for each.

  5. @Megan Mae – Thank you! I was pretty psyched to find it, and have my eye on another Loft suit at the same thrift store, hoping it will stay long enough to get marked way down. The store does a good job of moving its merchandise.

    Sometimes in a conservative work environment, a pants suit is just the easiest solution for getting dressed 🙂

  6. @Terri, you got great deals, too, and both suits sound lovely. In my profession, you have to have several suits. You may go long periods without needing to wear one, and then suddenly have lots of court-related activities, like hearings and depositions.

    For readers on a tight budget, I suggest getting blazers and bottoms they can mix and match. Loft and Banana Republic are good sources for suiting separates that offer more than one option.

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