Friday, July 13, 2012

Paralegal Career Dressing: Business Nightgown Friday

If you've read Practical Paralegalism for a while, you know that I view Fridays as not just business casual, but "business nightgown", i.e. super comfortable, feel like you're wearin' your pjs style (unless there are court-related activities, and then scratch this whole opening sentence, and dig out a suit and maybe your long lost pantyhose). You have to not look like you're wearin' your pjs, because you do need that next paycheck.

Maggy L faux wrap dress ~ Steinmart Red Dot Clearance rack
Tahari tee shirt ~ probably Marshalls, an old workhorse
Mossimo Supply Co flats ~ Target
No label handmade leather bag with metal handles ~ thrifted for $2
MMD button flower ~ Megan Mae Daily 

I've followed the mullet skirt trend with interest, but pretty much view it as a kind of dramatic short to long skirt style that would not be well-received in most conservative offices, or do a lot for many middle-aged office staffers.


But I recalled that I did have a Maggy L polyester faux wrap dress with a little short/long action going on, and that I hadn't worn it much (last worn here). I paid about $11 for it, and wondered if it was time for it to go, because of the extra bright pattern (for me) and what I viewed as limited styling options.

Bangles from ShoeDazzle, Loft, & Walmart 'cause I'm not a jewelry elitist

But it was a little cool this morning, and I'd been ready to try Psyche at Economy of Style's chic pairing of tee-shirts over dresses. I also wanted to get my older clothes back in rotation, including a black Tahari tee-shirt that hasn't seen the outside of my closet since I fell off the Funeral Chic path. I used one of my friend Megan's MMD button flowers to cinch the tee over the dress.

This is what menopause looks like, despite what my PCP sez.

And what do you know, I fell in love with the dress again, because of the great colors for faux ginger heads (ginger re-charging it tomorrow), and the easy fit.

Even after I took off the tee at home, I decided I still loved the dress, and it can stay in the closet, partly because no matter how squished it gets, it never wrinkles.

Worn a mullet skirt to the office yet? Or anywhere? :)




20 comments:

  1. I'm not sure it's a style of skirt that I would buy... but I don't work outside the home so have no need to purchase any skirts at all. I do love the print though. Very nice, and coupled with the shirt it looks great on you!

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  2. Love this look on you, Lynne! The pattern goes wonderfully with your hair (speaking as another faux-ginger).

    I wore my Smoking Lily mullet dress in June's capsule wardrobe.

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  3. I'm not a fan of mullet skirts but the mullet on this skirt is quite modest. I love the pattern on it so I'd totally wear this skirt.

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  4. Such a great idea to breathe new life into your pieces. I especially love the red shoes with that print. Maybe when it's cooler do a red button up over it?

    I've got a couple of mullet-y skirts, but they're more short mermaid than mullet. However the only "office" I have is my desk at home. ;P

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  5. I think its a keeper!!
    Love the print on the skirt. I love the black T!! Never out of style...never!

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  6. Ha! There you go, you never know when a sweet little something in your closet will catch your eye and before you know it, the little darling gets a new lease of life! I love it with the t-shirt and sweet brooch:) - a keeper! xo

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  7. I hear ya about the menopause. ;) But that is a great skirt. Love the fabric. And that purse is to die for!! Well made and looks expensive.

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  8. Love the dress and the styling. You look good even when you don't try hard.

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  9. That DOES have great colors. As for mullet skirts, I have yet to even own one, though it is not for lack of trying. Not having an office job help to not limit my wardrobe in that respect, too.

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  10. Like the ruching effect you did with the tee. I have to give that a try.

    I had a long mullet skirt that was very comfortable and it had pockets.

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  11. Seems like a perfectly reasonable work outfit to me! Love the colours of the dress, they really suit you and I don't think they are too bright at all. I reckon ALL colours go with ginger, whether it's real of faux (I was real once, now I am increasingly grey so it's assisted these days!) xxx

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  12. I personally think that asymmetrical hems are one of my favorite "new" trends. I love my mullet skirt and can't wait to add more to my collection. I love this dress on you very much Lynne!

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  13. The only time I've worn a mullet skirt is probably a reverse one when I've inadvertently tucked the hem into my knickers!
    Yours looks great, cheery without being too loud or OTT ! x

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  14. i haven't worn my hi-low skirt to the office, but i don't think it would be an issue, the high end isn't terribly short.

    i love this print, and this is pretty polished even for casual friday.
    Chic on the Cheap

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  15. Thanks for sharing such a great idea as the T over a dress for a great new look! As always you an inspiring beauty!

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  16. That looks like a perfectly lovely casual Friday ensemble...much better than jeans :) I have one high-low skirt, but haven't worn it to the office...or out of the dressing room. I need to work up the courage, haha!

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  17. It looks amazing. I'm loving the addition of the button flower. Thanks for the shout-out!

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  18. what you do here is really good, I will be back soon.

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  19. Really like the whole outfit, Lynne, especially the red shoes and the way you tied everything together with the flower!

    Have I missed a previous post or did I block it out of my memory, cause I don't recall seeing your buddy on the wall before. Agh!

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  20. Yes Ma'am .. wore a 'mullet' dress last week i think it was ... still not totally in love with the look yet but had to give the dress another chance.

    Your outfit is lovely.

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