Back in May, there was a heat of buzz going on at the year’s Seventh Circuit Bar Association’s symposium held in Indianapolis. The event didn’t result in publicized decisions of ledgers, pleas–not even the economy. The resulting effect most widely discussed of the symposium was fashion…or more appropriately, inappropriate fashion.
According to the New York Times, a heated debate ensued based entirely on appropriate and all-too-casual attire in the courtroom. What resulted was a multitude of commenting articles in publications ranging from Above the Law, A Legal Tabloid to pop feminist magazine Bitch. Now, fresh in media today, The Lawyers Weekly put their spin on it.
This Canadian legal publication gathered four professional (and wardrobe) experts to serve as the industry’s own judges to slam the gavel on inappropriate work attire. They summarized their advice in five categories:
* Trendsetters – Of course, they mentioned Mad Men.
* The Power Suit – Keep it clean, keep it pressed and ladies, keep it hemmed.
* Accessories – For men, think ties; for women, never forget to wear your earrings.
* Casual Fridays – Casual doesn’t always REALLY mean casual.
* Fashion Mishaps – If it doesn’t fit, don’t wear it!
Many of the fashion do’s and don’ts the ‘judges’ listed can easily be transferred out of the courtroom. However coming from the legal industry, the advice may be taken a little more seriously. Perhaps we’ll find out at the next Seventh Circuit Bar Association symposium.