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Paralegal Career Dressing: Yeah, My Sweater’s On Backwards

Paralegal Career Dressing: Yeah, My Sweater’s On Backwards

And, I Told Everybody

Normally, when I get to work and discover my clothes are inside out, my shoes don’t match, or heck yeah, my skirt’s on backwards, I sheepishly slink into the loo and make things right.

Today, when peeps said, “I love your new sweater!” I promptly announced, “This is an old sweater on backwards!” And then everybody had to have a closer look. I also added that my necklace is 20-year old Ann Taylor, and my oldest, The Graduate Student in Costume Construction, left the black pumps at my house about five years ago.

This girl cannot take a compliment.

Where did I get the idea to give a rather boring sweater new life? From The Karina Chronicles’ recent post “Clickity Click!“. (I tried to cool down the “party in the back” for work by pairing the sweater with a matching camisole.)

Loft sweater (clearance last year); Loft skirt (clearance last year); Ann Taylor faux pearls (circa early 90s); AK pumps (left at my house)
Button up first, and then slip over your head.
Swingin’ in the wind. Man, was it a cold day here in NC.

Have any of you tried wearing sweaters or blouses backwards?

17 Responses to Paralegal Career Dressing: Yeah, My Sweater’s On Backwards

  1. I have a blouse that every time I've worn it (other than in Vegas) I've had to wear backwards because that bad-boy plunges like nobody's business.

    I haven't tried a sweater or cardi yet, but you make me think I need to. You look gorgeous!

  2. Oh glory be, this sweater is beautiful and you look utterly gorgeous!! The way you're wearing it gives the outfit some cheeky but work-appropriate sass. Of course! Button up first, I probably would have tried to button it up while I was wearing it – hehe! xoxo

  3. Omgomgomg! This is AWESOME. I've seen that idea suggested, but never seen it on someone who wasn't a waifish 14 year old (nothing wrong with them, of course), but seeing this look translated into real life in such a chic way. I'm impressed.

    I've never tried it myself, but maybe I need to change that.

  4. @Gracey ~ Thanks! I'm onto backward blouses next ๐Ÿ˜€

    @Desiree ~ I did initially have the dumbass plan to put it on and then button it, but it took this aging brain about 15 seconds to conclude that was, well, dumbass…lol.

    @Megan Mae ~ I'm a waifish 49-year old. I joke that I have the figure of a 12-year old boy, especially when I'm in the size 2 and 4 range. I have to add for aspirers of the backwards sweater to choose your undergarments carefully ๐Ÿ˜›

  5. The sweater looks great that way. Amazing.

    I've attempted this technique only once or twice. It's in the Advanced Class and I'm still a beginner.

    I wrote a post a while back asking how well readers accepted compliments. Most women have trouble with them. Now we know where you stand. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love this idea! I barely ever wear cardigans because of the inevitable gaps between the buttons around the bust, but this seems to solve that problem!

  7. @WendyB ~ I was a little worried it was too much for the law office. I may try this look with a tee next time ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    @20YS ~ I get all my inspiration from other style bloggers ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Frannie ~ Thanks! This sweater is normally super boring ๐Ÿ˜›

    @Sacramento ~ I'm always so glad to see you here!

    @StyleCrone ~ I've had these faux pearls for two decades and hardly wear them. I need to get them out more ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Shybiker ~ Advanced class? Aw, thanks. I must have gotten in there by accident. Oh, you're right, I *can't* take a compliment! ๐Ÿ˜€

    @Tiffany ~ I think this might be a good date night look. I might try it with a higher tee for work next time ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Meeghan ~ It definitely resolves the pulled button look! I have two kinds of cardis: too small on purpose that I wear open, and too big on purpose so there's no button-pulling.

    @LJ ~ Hopefully, I'll be playing Audrey Hepburn in your next dream. No discovery docs please ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I have tried this trick, but mine did not turn out nearly so sleek looking as yours did! I couldn't bring myself to post the photos on my blog. Lovely!

  9. @Terri ~ Thanks! You are so lovely I bet you were too hard on yourself regarding your pictures. I think part of the secret to making it work is to wear a camisole and select a sweater that fits your torso fairly well – not too tight and not too big.

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