Laura Duplissis is the Communications and Volunteer Manager at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. Habitat has built 65 homes in southern Maine since 1985 and, through their contributions, has built homes for another 137 families worldwide. While Laura is busy spreading the mission of Habitat and working on the next build, she still manages to roll out of bed looking polished every day. How some people manage this boggles my mind. Here’s how she gets dressed for work.
My office is pretty casual, we are affordable home builders after all! On a typical day, I wear skinny jeans, boots or flats, and a nice top, sweater, or blazer. I almost always have jewelry on, like a large watch and layered necklaces. I can get away with wearing a plain t-shirt and jeans with the right accessories.
I never wear heels or anything too dressy, it just isn’t practical. Some days I need to go to the neighborhood we’re building in Freeport and I would look ridiculous running around in a business suit and pumps while our volunteers are wearing work boots and hardhats. I also don’t go too far in the casual direction, either. I would feel under-dressed in a sweatshirt or sneakers.
My off-duty style is pretty similar, although I tend to wear more casual items like crew neck sweatshirts and v-neck t-shirts on the weekends. As a total magpie, I also love sequins, and I don’t tend to wear those to the office. Skinny jeans, however, are a constant.
My leather motorcycle jacket. Actually, make that jackets! I have a dark green one and a black one that I wear pretty much every day when the weather allows. I love the slightly tough vibe that I usually balance out with something a bit softer. If I have to stop by our construction site this time of year, I’ll usually wear jeans, a sweater, a leather jacket and a big, blankety scarf to feel warm and comfortable, but still polished.
If I’m not in the mood to wear real pants I definitely slip into my trusty black “jeggings” (I hate that word!). They’re basically just thick, slightly looser black leggings with back pockets. I’ll wear them with a loose-fitting thin sweater or a blouse and feel totally comfortable, but still appropriate for the office.