10.08.2007

Lawyers Love Ross (and great bargains in general)

It's funny how much I've been talking about shoes lately, but shoes and clothing have been great topics for breaking the ice when I entered new social circles. A sense of style is one thing we all have in common, no matter what our styles are. A simple "cute shoes" or "cute outfit" can lead to a longer conversation. Fashion ain't shallow, folks--it's called networking and "professional development."

Seems like I'm not the only one who thinks that cheap $15 shoes are capable of being more comfortable than some expensive pair, yet just as professional-looking. A couple of us were wearing Ross shoes today, after chatting about it the other day. Totally awesome.


My suit is a cobbled-together effort. It looks expensive because it is--at full retail price, that is. The $25 blazer came from a crazy BCBG warehouse sample sale from a couple of years ago, and the $20-or-so skirt came from Loehmann's. The skirt is actually a shade darker than the blazer, but it works pretty well because the difference is barely noticeable. I'd rather have the top lighter than the bottom, since the difference is less apparent that way. $17 dress shirt hails from from Target. The shoes, of course, came from Ross. Instead of some expensive brand, they're just good ol' Rampage for around $15. As long as they look sophisticated and are comfortable, they're going to hearings and depositions with me.

Here's a close-up of today's color scheme--blue, beige, and green. Dark dress shirts are great for dressing up boring beige suits. If you don't like blue, try other colors like berry red or emerald green...anything but white. The green ring came from Etsy just days ago. I'll show a closeup tomorrow.

3 comments:

Bernie said...

I love the look of the dark shirt against the lighter colored jacket. Inspired!

michelle said...

Great bargains! I'm bummed right now because I just received two pairs of dress pants in the mail that I bought on Ebay. I was totally patting myself on the back because they were less then $10 each, but when they arrived, neither pair fit properly! Argh - better to just go to Filene's Basement and try before I buy...

Sales Rack Raider said...

Bernie--Glad you're inspired! I'm starting to see the potential of the dark top/light jacket combo. I've done it a few times and it's fun! Just got a berry-colored striped shirt from Express and I'll wear that on Monday.

Michelle--sorry you have to go through that trouble. Pants are hard enough for me to buy in person, so that's one thing I don't buy online unless I know exactly how it fits. I spent quite a few hours at the outlet mall trying on dress pants, only to come up empty save for a pair of something more casual. Then I had to sit through an hour's worth of LA traffic. Arg...