The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
When I was a paralegal instructor, many of my students asked for advice as to how to build a professional wardrobe on a budget. In today’s tight economy, buying an entire professional wardrobe for that first paralegal job or expanding a limited wardrobe when moving from a more casual work environment to a more corporate environment can be an extra challenge.
I usually suggested that my students try to buy a 3-piece suit (jacket, skirt and slacks) in a dark color and then add basic pieces to mix and match with the suit. Good consignment shops and clearance sales are excellent sources for inexpensive good quality suiting.
Luckily, scarves are making a huge comeback in the current fashion scene. Most retail stores are showing them tied in a variety of ways on mannequins, and stars are often photographed wearing them. They are an easy and affordable way to accessorize and expand a limited wardrobe.
Scarves come in a variety of prints and fabrics, so it is not difficult to purchase several in colors and styles which flatter the wearer’s face and go well with existing wardrobe colors. Making the extra investment in a reversible scarf expands its usefulness.
Scarves can also be tied in many different ways to add interest and style to simple blouses and sweaters. I love the scarf-tying guide found at Texere Silk at http://www.texeresilk.com/cms-scarf_tying_guide.html. (An added bonus for the chronically cold crowd, including me, is that they keep your neck warm.)