Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summertime, and the Livin' is Easy



I've commented a few times before about appearance in the law office, what constitutes appropriate attire and even occasionally the injustice of it all...why should women be judged by what they wear?  Why should professional women have to wear masculine suits to be respected?  What's wrong with peep toe shoes?  All these are very good philosophical questions suitable for discussion over a few glasses of wine with other professional women.

But I have to admit that I do eventually draw the line on some choices that women lawyers seem to make on hot summer days.  How do you know the heat has gone to your head and the cute outfit you thought would be cool is, well, actually too hot for the office?  Here are some clues:

--Do your undergarments show?  NEVER OKAY in a work setting.  Bra straps and camisole straps are cute on teenage girls flaunting the dress code in high school, and that's what you look like when you show up at your law firm dressed that way.
--Are you dressed to visit the beach right after work?  PROBABLY NOT OKAY.  Unless your office is on the beach, I suppose.
--Capris or shorts?  NO.  Sorry, it just doesn't work for me.
--Way cool shoes are okay, but flip flops ARE NOT.

That's about it for my list of absolutes; otherwise, wear what's comfortable, professional and stylish.  Knock 'em dead with your style.

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