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I usually try to keep a neutral tone on this blog because there (usually) is no right or wrong when it comes to fashion. But I’m at the end of my rope! Every day I go to law school and I am appalled to see some of the things people, mostly women, wear to work/interviews/etc. with judges, attorneys, law firms. While most of the law kids dress quite dapper, there seems to always be one or two bad apples that ruin the bunch. For a bunch of so-called smart kids, they sure don’t know how to dress “smart.”
Here are my rules of corporate fashion, particularly as applied to interviews for corporate positions including but not limited to lawyer jobs:
1. DO wear a suit, even if the interviewer/boss/whoever tells you that the dress code is business casual. It’s best to wear a suit for your first impression because you only get ONE chance to make a first impression. After your first day at the job, you can assess the dress code in the environment and adjust accordingly. Rule of thumb: It’s better to be overdressed for a day than to live with the reputation of being a slob for the long-term. (P.S. A “shorts suit,” while cute, is not really a suit.)
2. DON’T wear a skirt with a slit so high up your leg that your upper thigh shows. I seriously can’t believe that this happens. Isn’t it common sense to not show your undies to the world, especially during a job interview? And yet, I’ve seen this enough times during my 2-year run at law school that it warrants a blog post. Dispicable.
3. DO add feminine touches to your suit, if you feel so inclined. An oxford with a ruffle, a simple bracelet, pearl earrings, heels, the list goes on and on. The key is to keep is simple. I have a hot pink silk shirt from The Limited that I wear under my suit to less formal meetings. For more formal ones, I swap the pink out for a classic oxford in white or light blue, add some pearl earrings and my favorite watch.
4. DON’T wear clothing that is too tight. Do yourself a favor and go up one more size. The number on the tag doesn’t mean anything. Proper fit is more important to looking great than fitting into a certain size. If you can’t stand the size on the tag, cut the tag out of the garment. A top is too tight and too revealing if there are open gaps between the buttons. Dress pants are too tight if they are pulling at the hips or crotch, and they are too tight in the waist if they are giving you the ever-dreaded muffin top. A skirt is too tight if it is pulling across your hips or thighs like this:
5. DO take it easy on your make-up. The office is not the place to try out that new fluorescent blue eyeshadow you bought last weekend at the mall.
*All photos from Pinterest, except the ones of me, and the sparkly shoes, which came from Refinery 29 via Pinterest.