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Paralegal Career Dressing: Four Shades of Gray

Paralegal Career Dressing: Four Shades of Gray

But I betcha I could come up with 50 if I dumped all my gray separates on my bed and counted them.

Speaking of Fifty Shades of Grey, should I read it? I’m a teensy bit of a book snob, but a girl needs a bit of a literary, ahem, romp now and again.

Loft skirt ~ thrifted last year, still had tags on it
Tahari tee ~ old, likely Marshalls
Storm cardi ~ old, likely Marshalls
Skinny belt ~ likely Ross Dress for Less
Easy street ruffled slingbacks ~ Hamricks (known as the “old ladies” store ’round here. Oh. Well.)
Freshwater pearls ~ Present from bestie, these babies are over six feet long!
Rings, antique; thumb ring, gift from kids; bangle watch, Steinmart

Enough about great literature, let’s talk about me. And how lame I am to come up with an all gray outfit for Everybody, Everywhere‘s monochromatic theme this month. Look, I really tried to do the same color family thing, but that would have meant wearing my red skirt two days in a row, and I’m saving it for tomorrow. I’m doing a webcast, which quite frankly terrifies me.

I just now realized no one will even see my stupid skirt.

Yeah, I had to go there with the black and white.

And yes, this tee is the same make and model as the black one I wore yesterday. I used to take my Funereal Chic very seriously, and buy separates in every single neutral color available. Except white. Me and eating are not good with white.

What color is your fave monochromatic outfit from your closet?

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20 Responses to Paralegal Career Dressing: Four Shades of Gray

  1. Omg! I had to comment on your post after seeing it on everybody, everywhere! I too went for a grey color scheme, and used the same title for my blog post. Great minds think alike! And I love your look! You look professional, but still comfortable.

  2. No!NONONONON! Don't do it! 50 Shades of Grey is based off a twilight fan fic – er, it is a fanfic with the main character names changed. And believe me, if you want to read fanfic, you can get that for free. I could give you a mile-long list of books worth reading if you need some quality "junk food" lit.

    And as vehement as I am about not supporting that book, I'm crazy loving that cardigan – and your neutral look. I'm always jealous of people who can pull of cool greys. You have the perfect skin tone to pull it off.

    • Megan, I'd never even heard of fanfic (it sounds like plagiarism?), but I did read Twilight 'cause the teens left it out in the living room too long. I describe it as one of the longest and most boring conversations evah πŸ˜›

      But my MOM read 50 Shades of Grey, don't I kind of HAVE to now? πŸ˜›

      I am taking recommendations for other good romps to read πŸ˜€

  3. I love that dress, Lynne. It looks so luxurious!

    As far as Fifty Shades… well, it's definitely a romp. I mean she's not going to win any writing awards, and it is completely unrealistic, but it's got such a fairytale feel to the story that you can't help but wish you were her. Hot rich dude, awesome vacations, crazy good sex- what's not to like?

  4. Love gray. It's my summer version of black. Haven't read the book, but of course it's impossible to avoid hearing about it, which makes me a little cynical.

    Let me know what you think if you read it. I believe your review would make sense.

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  6. Oh yes, you look great in that grey and I especially like the B&W shot. I don't know about 50 Shades of Grey – I just Googled it. Not for me I think – young beautiful people have fun, too much like my own life! (Bwa-ha-ha) I like Patricia Highsmith, who wrote the Tom Ripley series (there was a movie, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," with Jude Law, Matt Damon, and Gwyneth Paltrow), for a ride.

  7. Nope, not reading it. My blog friend Karen at Ow, my angst wrote a post with the most scathingly hilarious review of 50 shades, so I don't feel I need to actually bother with it myself. Still, if you feel like a little bit of lady porn, I mean smut, go ahead, but please tell us what you think!
    I almost never wear grey, but you make it look so chic and elegant, perhaps I ought to reconsider… Love the pearls. xxxx

  8. What a pretty look. Then again, it's hard to separate the impression made by the clothes from you: your personality and beauty shine through in this.

  9. Love the outfit! The different shades harmonize well, and the overall effect is classy.

    As far as 50 Shades, I can't recommend it. (Note: I have not read it.) I have read various reviews and deconstructions by bloggers whose judgment I trust, and the consensus seems to be that as a novel, it's insipid, poorly written, and contradicts itself repeatedly; as smut, it's poorly written and a totally inaccurate portrayal of the lifestyle it purports to depict. Since I'm a snob about writing AND a bit of a snob about my smut, I'll give it a pass.

    I have to say, though, that my husband did download and read a copy. HE enjoyed it, but he's much less demanding than I, in regard to writing and to smut.

  10. I keep seeing people reading it on the train! hmm. am not convinced.

    Re: monochrome. I have a problem in dressing all in one colour – I used to do dark brown a lot, now blue is creeping in. Last year purple outfits were out in force! I enjoyed this article about people that only ever wear one colour – the lady in green was my favourite-

  11. I read the third book in the 50 Shades series only (don't ask) and while it was fun light reading, it was a lot of the same after a while. I don't know, if you could get the books for cheap, I say go for it, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend them, hahah.

  12. I haven't read the book (there are too many other books I've been wanting to read to try something I know I'd hate)–I have nothing against smut, but from all I've read it misrepresents BDSM pretty badly and glamorizes abusive relationships in a dangerous way. If it gets people reading, though, I can't resent it wholesale…but there's better stuff out there. (For smutty stuff, the best thing I've read recently was Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Jale–a great combination of romance, suspense, and fantasy, so long as you're interested in reading about male/male relationships and sex.)

    Book discussions aside, I like your gray here! I did a monochromatic gray outfit a while back, but I'm not sure how much I like it now. I'm pretty pleased with the yellows I pulled out for EBEW, though, that was fun.

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