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Paralegal Career Dressing: Oh Horrors, This Dress!

Paralegal Career Dressing: Oh Horrors, This Dress!

Nah. This dress is the mostest wonderfulest evah.

The Deets: Andre Oliver sheath dress ~ Steinmart Red Dot Clearance with 40% coupon; Loft scallop cardigan ~ Loft Outlet sale; XAppeal Zeena wedges ~ Rack Room; Necklace ~ Jada’s Jewels

So I’m submitting it to Sheila’s Dress Week of Horrors or Dress of Horrors Week (there are so many ways that this can be interpreted that I had a little linguistic meltdown and my family forbade me to use the computer, but I snuck on for you, dear readers, all for you), and hoping this was not an invitation to wear a dress I look beastly in. ‘Cause that’s way too easy.

On the other hand, finding a $120 dress marked down to $16, pre color-blocked (yay, no thinking!) and cleverly ruched to flatter a pencil figure is much harder.

A year ago, no way would I have worn orange and fuschia together. Or at all.

I even wore my orange “statement” necklace for the second day in a row, because I love wearing orange, even though it doesn’t love me. I’ve tried to avoid being a style blogger cliche and haven’t posed with a clutch bag (yet), but oh how hard it has been for me to resist the statement, sometimes in the form of a bubble, necklace craze. I studied the J. Crew knockoffs on eBay for hours. Hours of my life I will never get back, I know.

Best ruch detail ever.

But when this statement necklace popped up in a Jada’s Jewels daily deal email, so cheeky and orange, yet dainty, I thought now maybe I can wear a statement necklace that won’t wear me. So that’s how it went down.

Plus, orange goes with everything, right?

It’s still hot and in the low 80s here in the Deep South (the high 80s in our office, and no, it’s still not menopause), so I can’t give up my fave gladiator sandals yet.

Have you put away your summer sandals and busted out that wonderful first pair of fall tights yet?

23 Responses to Paralegal Career Dressing: Oh Horrors, This Dress!

  1. Uber fabulous dress! I love ruched pieces that create a good shape. I don't have the best luck thrifting them though. I think the colors look marvelous on you!

    Fwiw linguistically, I think Sheila tries to work around old horror movie themes for her dress weeks. ;P

    I almost caved to some weaved tights when I noticed a couple of girls wearing corduroy pants and another wearing tights yesterday, but then it decided to be 94F today and I wore sandals. Almost time, supposed to be in the mid 70s all week which means at the very least – boots.

    • I was kidding a bit with Sheila. Being OCD, I looked up the play on movie titles, but when I tried to focus on the movie poster, I couldn't keep the words straight. I think it is time for a visit to the eye doctor.

      94 degrees! Aw, man, you would have fried in cords or tights. For me, right now the office is hotter than outside. There is something wrong with the a/c on our floor.

  2. Oh I loooove this pre-color-blocked dress, and now I'm over at Jada's jewels, picking out some bracelets. You look so cool. Tights? Maybe in a month or so — 90 degrees today (not counting menopause) : <

    • I can't wait to see what you buy. I enjoy every single bit of jewelry I've gotten from Jada's Jewels (not a sponsor, I just like her :), although I did send a too big stretch ring on to Ally who rocked it on her blog.

  3. This really is one fabulous dress! The orange bubble necklace really compliments the colors in your dress. I haven't jumped on the bubble necklace bandwagon yet, but I really do like them! Heather

    • Thanks, Heather. Those bubble necklaces are fascinating to me. I either love them or hate them (depending on how they're styled) but I can never look away from them…lol.

  4. To resolve your linguistic conundrum: use "Dress Week" as the phrase unit. The title is based on "Little Shop of Horrors" (although the movie poster I modified is for "House of Horrors"). And it's not to imply that any of the dresses are horrible!

    Anyway! Phew! And Woo! What a dress, Lynne! You are all kinds of sexy in this – the colours are amazing on you!

    • Sheila, I was kidding a bit, although I was really tired after work, and it took me a while to figure out if I should take an extra pic of the most horrible dress I currently own, and then rush it to the donation bag before I changed my mind ๐Ÿ˜› I know your dress week titles play on horror movie titles, but I kept getting the words mixed up in my head. Oh, no, it's not menopause but plain ol' dementia ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  5. I am still in sandals cuz it's 75 degrees at the high and mid morning is fresh that sandals can still survive. I love the beige sandals with the color blocking look. nice.

  6. I love that necklace – it lights up this outfit too! The scale is just perfect. I can see why those great sandals are your favourite too. And ruching! I know ruching! Ruching is a good friend of mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

    It's still too warm for tights here as well in my little corner of the Great White North, but I've had leggings stashed in my purse all summer for those Arctic Circle days at the office.

  7. no no no. sandals are out. tights? i dont even know where those are.

    bubble necklace? just got one today. I fall victim to all the statement necklace crazes, I think.

    Your dress does look great on you and such a steal!! I admire you for going your own way with the great orange necklace as well.
    Chic on the Cheap

  8. Ah yes the faux J-Crew e-bay necklaces, I caved and bought a few ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE this dress, could it fit you any better?! The built in colour blocking is genius and those nude sandals are gorgeous! I had to wear tights yesterday but back to bare legs today!

  9. You can never have too much orange!! I love orange and that necklace looks wonderful with the dress. And the dress! Dang woman, that is fantastic! It looks wonderful and I love that it's color blocked!! Awesomeness!

    I haven't pulled out my tights yet, while I love the cooler weather I cling tight to my sandals for as long as I can!

  10. That is a beautiful dress, Lynne, and you look amazing in it.
    Now I am going to show myself up as the hopeless style blogger I am (well, one who has zero interest in trends anyway) because I don't know what a bubble necklace is, or that they are fashionable! I know, I'll be drummed off the internet now… I like your orange necklace anyway, whether it's statement-y, on-trend, or bubbly, or not! I wear colour and print combinations I never would have tried a year ago too, isn't it great to be more adventurous?
    Definitely feeling autumnal here in the UK, though I am persisting with sandals despite having cold toes! xxx

  11. That dress looks great on you! love the orange with the fushia…you are working it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I haven't posed with a clutch either, mostly because I own none and I need a bag of significant size. I have two small children, so the first aid kit, kleenexes and 5 hour energy drink needs to fit somewhere. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. I just got the breath knocked out of me! I saw this over at Sheila's and had to rush over to tell you how spectacular you look in this dress!!! The colors are absolutely gorgeous and it's great that you've been inspired over the last year to spread your fashion wings, so to speak. You are soaring now.

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