Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Paralegal Career Dressing: Almost Lilly Pulitzer at the Law Firm

Vivia Chen of The Careerist recently published an article, "Lilly Pulitzer at the Law Firm," which made me wonder how can I get some Lilly Pulitzer for the law firm myself? Chen describes her usual style as "Funeral Chic" (a good description of my own former every day style at work), but calls herself the "Lilly Pulitzer Girl" in the summer.

I remember my aunt making the most wonderful shorts and sun dresses from Lilly Pulitzer fabrics, when I was a child. Of course, I had no idea then how much anything by Lilly Pulitzer cost.  Designer eye candy with "gusty color" ain't cheap, and when I did a quick search for affordable Lilly Pulitzer for legal and office staffers like you and me, I came up with nada. Nothing affordable, and nothing with a modest enough hem length for conservative offices, not even on eBay. (I don't have time to go thrifting at 9:30 p.m., sorry, guys.)

Yep, nada.

But all is not lost. I remembered all the cool dresses I tried to win at other style bloggers' eShakti giveaways, and also remembered that while some of the bright floral patterned dresses are super vivid, they are a little more toned down and affordable for the average working girl. Plus, the hem lengths are more modest.

So's here's three bold print dresses from eShakti that could make me - and you guys - the "Almost Lilly Pulitzer Girls on a Budget":

So are any of you wearing bright "gutsy" floral prints to the law office (or other equally conservative office environment) this summer?

Practical Paralegalism received no goods or compensation from eShakti in exchange for this post, and probably would have purchased her own eShakti dress by now, except there are so many great choices, she can't make up her mind. She does continue to visit the website and drool a bit almost daily.


  1. eshakti is so good at selecting beautiful prints and then sewing a dress just made to fit your body! I love their concept. These are beautiful!

  2. I wish I could, I wish I could. These are gorgeous dresses.

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  4. Oh, how I love great colourful printd! I haven't done any shaking up around a conservative office with them, but they tend to shake things up in any location around here!

  5. I really love that second dress for some reason. Even though I don't wear florals. I think your style has gotten so exciting lately, Lynne.

    Also speaking of exciting, I'm off to the post office to drop off your dragon belt.

  6. I really love the dresses eShakti has right now. So many bright, feminine colors and shapes!

  7. The second dress is a great pick!

  8. I'm not sure I have the guts to wear such bright, floral dresses to work, but they are beautiful! I love everything about the second dress, especially the cut of the skirt. Swoon.


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