January 3, 2013

Fool me twice, shame on me

Last week I mentioned that I ended up going to court in a questionable outfit which included jeans, and how I started keeping an extra pair of dress pants at my office for emergencies... well, I foolishly let it happen a 2nd time today, and dare I say my outfit was even more outrageous than the first time?
First thing this morning I had a conversation with someone in my office about how I had to go to court wearing jeans last week and how embarrassing it was. As karma would have it, my boss called me at 11 AM today and asked me to cover a hearing for him. As more karma would have it, the hearing got rescheduled and I didn't have to do it, but this was after I already trekked down to court and was seen wearing a whole lot of purple by like a bagillion people.
I'm not sure what this lesson taught me... Dress more conservatively? Have more than just a change of pants at work? Have an entire outfit at work or in my car? I'm thinking the last option is the safest choice for the future, especially if I want to continue "expressing myself" through my clothing haha.
P.S. - I'm posting several more pictures than normal today because 1) when I untucked my shirt later in the afternoon I liked my outfit 1000x better than when it was tucked in, and 2) I was experimenting with lighting (the first set were taken in the morning, the 2nd set at 5:45 PM), and 3) I was experimenting with trying to get Miami in the background and the last shot was the only one that came out OK - I really love my view incaseyadidn'tknow.
Blazer: J. Crew Hacking Jacket (similar)
Shirt: J. Crew Boy Shirt in Neon Gingham (currently on sale!)
Shoes: Payless (similar)
Bag: Longchamp
Necklace: Danielle Stevens (love this one)


  1. Oh noooo! Do you guys not have to wear gowns in Court? Or maybe this is in your version of provincial court (no idea what it is in the States but only in provincial court do you not have to wear gowns)... either way, keeping a suit in your office should do the trick. At my last firm I had to go to Court randomly but didn't have a blazer but thankfully one of my colleagues had one in her office that I just threw over my dress. Hope it doesn't happen again!

    xo, alison*elle

  2. I just googled "Canada court gowns" to see what you were talking about - so lawyers have to wear some sort of gown over their clothes?? We don't do that in the U.S! We just wear business attire no matter what court we're in. Judges do wear traditional gowns though

  3. Yep, in all levels of court except provincial court we have to wear courtroom attire (gown, vest, and tabs). I think it goes back to UK tradition. I had no idea lawyers in the States didn't have such things!

  4. Uh, damn girl! That view! Sorry you keep getting stuck in court - I love your outfits, but it's the WORST to feel uncomfortable and x1000 when you're in front of a judge.

    Samantha @ Sam ipsa loquitur

  5. It looks like someone is trying to teach you a lesson in dressing more formally. I always believe it's better to be over dressed than under dressed just in cases like these :-)


  6. Lol maybe! I have a semi-complicated work situation though where I share an office with one boss and then don't share an office with another boss. When I first started i wore suits every day and the boss I share an office with told me I didn't need to wear a suit and encouraged me to wear jeans when I wasn't going to court. It was the boss who hadn't seen me dressed that asked me to go to court so I don't think it was really a lesson as much as it was bad luck, and a lesson for myself to keep a suit at work just in case

  7. I'm obsessed with this outfit! How frustrated to not have it be right for what you needed!! A spare outfit in the car seems perfect - especially if just a simple suit you can throw on last-minute.

  8. Don't blazers automatically make everything acceptable? Let's go with that reasoning. I teach high school, so I have this system every morning that involves bending over, lifting up my arms, and squatting. I have to make sure no skin peeks through that I don't want my teenage boys to see. I like the emergency outfit idea!


  9. I like it untucked too! Its nice seeing both!

  10. The VP of Marketing at my old company used to have loads of clothes in her car trunk. Granted they weren't immaculately kept all the times, but if she had to throw on a blazer or change in a hurry, she had what she needed with her. Sounds like your idea of keeping some clothes in the office "just in case" is a great idea!

  11. I think keeping a "safe" pair of pants in the car is probably a good bet.

    Although I don't see anything wrong with this - I love the colors! I could see why it may not be best for court though haha.

    And that background! #jealous