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Paralegal Career Dressing: Separate Your Suits

On Saturday, the temperatures here in North Carolina plummeted to the 60s (I know my northern friends want me to stop whining right now), sending me scurrying for my winter clothes.

Jones New York – $128

I noticed two big holes in my winter career wardrobe after putting away my summer clothes. I realized that I don’t own a single plain black dress for work, and I thought I only had one pair of slacks suitable for cooler weather.

I fixed the lack of a black dress by picking up a Jones New York dress with a retro A-line skirt (with pockets!) from Marshalls, oddly the only black sheath dress they had in that particular store. It looks a lot like this year’s JNY V-neck dress (see photo), only with a slightly rounded neck line and much less expensive.

Then, remembering a Corporette fashion blog post I’d seen recently about not separating your suits, I decided to investigate the possibility anyway. I pulled all of them out of my closet and threw them on the bed. Because my weight fluctuates, several were too big and I put them aside. I realized I actually have four or five pairs of terrific dress slacks, and that several of the suit jackets would look great with other separates in my closet.

I put everything back in the closet separately, and because I don’t attend court or court-related activities every day, am looking forward to getting a little more mileage out of my suits this year by using some of them as separates.

Readers, do you only wear your suit pieces together, or do any of them work as separates?

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