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What to Wear

April 14th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Shopping

In May I am suppose to give a portion of the Bar Associations CLE program on Basic Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. It is a great honor to have been asked. The Chapter 13 Trustee in my district called and told me he’d recommended me to the Assistant U.S. Trustee who later called and asked if I’d do it. When the AUST calls asking you to do stuff, it’s damn hard to say “no.” And I’m hoping it will be good for business. I’ve been getting referrals from other lawyers but I’m hoping this will boost the referral business a bit.

When I first started working on my portion of the program (I only have 50 minutes for my topics) I thought “how am I going to fill all that time?” The longer I worked on it my problem has become,”how am I going to get all this information covered in 50 minutes?”

I have finally finished my portion of the written materials. I e-mailed them to the Bar on Thursday. Monday to Thursday worked on nothing else. My desk was covered with the cases I’ve been reading, the material I have been looking at and my notes from conversations with various people.

Since I don’t practice in either of the other two districts here, this has been a little hard for me to prepare; do they allow step-payments to secured creditors, how do they handle adequate protection payments, what about first mortgages. I can tell you what happens in MY district but I’ve had to talk to the Trustees or people in their office to find out the answers to some of these questions.

Now that I’ve finished with the written materials, I can begin to obsess about “what am I going to wear?” Actually that obsession will probably have to wait until after I finish my Power Point Presentation for this program. If the amount of time it took me to finish the written portion of my program is any indicator, I may end up going naked.

I’ve gotten into the habit of wearing black, a lot. I have probably a dozen pairs of black pants. I wear lots of black shirts and often go to work feeling all Johnny Cash-ish.

I don’t do it because I’m hip.

I don’t do it because black is slimming.

I do it basically because I’m lazy.

Black doesn’t show dirt as much. So when the BoyChild walks up to me before I leave for my office and has Poptart goo on his hands, I can get a wet cloth and wipe it off when I get to work and see it there around my knees. Or if I spill coffee on myself on the way to work, something that occurs more frequently than I like to admit, it doesn’t show.

I also do it because it’s easy to get dressed in the morning. Black pants? or Black pants? Wool black pants or cotton or a blend? Pretty much anything goes with black so I can wear almost any color shirt. I have a variety of blazers that are black or some variation of black.

So it’s easy to get dressed.

I have been shopping on-line for my Seminar clothes.

I ordered these pants.

I think I will wear this shirt.

And I’m going to buy this blazer. In black, of course.

Now before you say, “damn woman that is a dull outfit!” let me point out that it is different than what I normally wear. I am stepping outside my comfort zone. Those pants are GRAY not black. And I’m showing you the jacket in White but I would NEVER wear a white linen jacket. If you missed my comments about me and my coffee, go read them again.

I also have a black mock turtleneck, which might be an option.

But I’m not at all sure how that turtleneck aspect of that would look with the jacket.

Most of these clothes have come from Lands End or L.L.Bean. I like the classic look and the wash-ability and long wearing-ness (are those words?) of their clothes. I also like that I don’t have to leave my house and can shop in my pajamas.

You know, I use to wear wool pants and silk shirts. Linen skirts and high heeled pumps. I used to be on a first name basis with the guy at the dry cleaners and asked about his kids as I dropped stuff off and picked stuff up.

But. Now. I hardly ever wear anything that must be dry cleaned. If it won’t go in the washer, I don’t want it. If it has to be ironed, I don’t wear it.

Last year I bought a beautiful shirt at Cold Water Creek and when I got it home I got to looking at it, and realized it was Dry Clean only. It was beautiful. It looked lovely on me. I took it back the next day. When the woman asked why I was returning it, I told her cause I must have been on crack when I bought it because liquid antibiotics simply does not come out of dry clean only clothes.

And that’s what’s truly important, right?




3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 missmamamoon // Apr 14, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    Girl, black is where it’s at! My wardrobe would cease to exist without black, even in the summer!

    I DO love the clothing selections you’ve made – those are all things I would have chosen for myself. And gray is just black’s nephew!

    Good luck!

  • 2 binkytown // Apr 16, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    I do have to say, while a bit low on the color spectrum, those are perfectly stylish classic pieces. Nice choices.

  • 3 My Own Circle of Confusion » Time Flies When You are Having Fun // May 15, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    […] didn’t get the blazer ordered for my outfit. But I wore another black jacket I already had and the outfit still looked […]

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