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Paralegal Career Dressing: Visible Monday, Stripes & Rules

Paralegal Career Dressing:  Visible Monday, Stripes & Rules

Y’all, I wore a strapless dress to the law office today. Yup.

No one noticed, BTW.

I bought this Gap dress for $11 at a thrift shop in Wilmington (the same weekend I accidentally met Erin Brockovich), and wore it to a beach cocktail party for CLE conference attendees. By the time I left, I’d given the thrift shop’s location to at least 17 women.

It would never have occurred to me to wear this dress to work, if I hadn’t started reading style blogs. I don’t have many clothes in colors, especially this deep coral, and want to wear it more often. As far as I can tell, the only downside is I could not take my jacket off in the office. But the air was cranked, and I didn’t want to.

So, here I am, participating in Super Stripes Week and Not Yet Dead Yet Style’s Visible Monday, wearing about $25 in thrifted clothing if you don’t include the shoes. Heck, a co-worker even gave me the earrings this morning, from cleaning out her jewelry box this weekend.

Gap dress (thrifted); Phoebe jacket (thrifted); Nine West wedges (Ross Dress for Less); Multi-chain you can’t see (Burlington Coat Outlet); Earrings (gift)
Someone needs to get her hair did.

Have I mentioned that I love, love, love reading glasses? Because I’m too vain to wear my bifocals? No? Well, check out these reading glasses I got at the thrift store:

See, middle age is WAY cool. You get to go crazy with th’ reading glasses πŸ˜›
These earrings, gifted by a co-worker, were ten times better than the ones I had on.

Have you successfully styled anything for the office that would ordinarily be outside the “rules” for career wear?

12 Responses to Paralegal Career Dressing: Visible Monday, Stripes & Rules

  1. Oh yeah, I cross those lines all the time!! I love the way you styled your strapless dress into a work-appropriate look – and the color is so pretty. Thanks for sharing your adventures with Visible Monday!

  2. I knew this jacket would look fantastic, but who knew you would be so daring with it. I've had outfits too, where the jacket was basically not removable.

  3. Hee, I've worn strapless dresses (over button-down shirts), a one-shoulder sequined top, leather pants, 6" heels…I could go on! I've never had any issues with any of it.

  4. @Terri ~ Thank you for calling me "daring"! I'm such a stick in the mud compared to many of my fave style bloggers. But I do have plenty of summer dresses where the jacket or cardi can't come off, at least inside the office πŸ™‚

  5. @Anne ~ Thanks. I cannot believe how single-minded I was about clothes until I started reading style blogs. Clothes had a single purpose, and it never occurred to me they could be so versatile.

  6. Ooh! I knew that jacket would be cute, but it's even cuter on. Hey one of the benefits to be being blind is getting to wear funky glasses all the time! (It doesn't take age either! Just myopia)

    The biggest thing I 'got away' with was wearing my green Fluevogs to the elementary school I had to do an observation at. I tried to wear non-distracting shoes, but apparently the bright green still turned a few heads when I sat down/pant legs pulled up.

  7. @WendyB ~ The reading glasses addiction starts when you can't read the paper any more without them! Such a disconcerting experience. Now I have sooooo many pairs all over the place, and I do enjoy the fun ones πŸ™‚

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