No, you wouldn’t catch me anywhere near a retail store today. In fact, the plan is not to change out of my pjs at all (the neighbors are used to seeing me walking the Corgi and the Cairn in my 25-year old Kmart bathrobe). But I did enjoy receiving my Black Friday VIP Pass from Shop It To Me. While I may not actually buy anything, I noted some great career dressing ideas for paralegals – at greatly reduced prices for today only.

I’m a big fan of cardigans for the office. They are less expensive than blazers, and you can do a lot with them, especially if you can pick up – or already own – some great sleeveless embellished or print tanks for under $10 (easy to find at local T.J. Maxx or Marshall’s clearance racks) and have several neutral skinny and wide belts you can add to create a variety of looks.

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This classic Open Cardigan from Ann Taylor in a flattering seal grey heather color can be worn a number of ways over slacks or skirts. Normally $58, today you can score it for $34.80 (use special code THANKS). I love the brownish-bronze belt and the single chunky bracelet.
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You may already own a long buttoned cardigan similar to this Ann Taylor light heather grey Merino V-Neck Cardigan. Worn over a print tank and paired with a pretty studded skinny belt, as well as a great statement necklace and chunky bracelet, it goes from blah to beautiful but still conservative enough for the office, and is a terrific way to liven up basic black slacks. Normally $59.99 (it was $78), today it’s on sale for $35.99 (use special code THANKS).
Sometimes just looking at the way the models are styled at some of the better retailers like Ann Taylor, J. Crew and Nordstroms can give you new ideas that you can apply to your existing wardrobe. I’m doing a lot more with dressy tank tops that I used to think were only for summer, sweaters that I assumed could only be worn one uninspiring way, jewelry that I never realized looked great in combination with other jewelry, and belts that sat unused in a bag in my closet, simply because I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas from websites like Shop It to Me. Combining my existing clothes with different belts and accessories, plus a few inexpensive tanks, has been almost the same as getting a new and more modern wardrobe.
Have you seen a great piece of office wear that you’d recommend for paralegals? Shoot me an email and a link to, with a few sentences about why it’s a great piece for the office, and voila, we have a guest post!
Related Reading: I loved this recent Corporette post, “My Visit to TJ Maxx HQ,” since I am definitely a Maxxinista.

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