BigLaw Partner's 10 Tips on Business Casual Attire

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July 8 (Bloomberg Law) -- After seeing his colleagues roll their eyes at some of the business casual outfits associates wore, the office managing partner of a major national law took matters into his own hands. He provided a list of tips to the male attorneys in his office about what business casual really means, which was promptly reprinted by Above the Law. Here's his top 10 list:

1. If you cannot dry clean it, don't wear See more +

July 8 (Bloomberg Law) -- After seeing his colleagues roll their eyes at some of the business casual outfits associates wore, the office managing partner of a major national law took matters into his own hands. He provided a list of tips to the male attorneys in his office about what business casual really means, which was promptly reprinted by Above the Law. Here's his top 10 list:

1. If you cannot dry clean it, don't wear it.

2. Don't wear it if it hasn't been dry-cleaned or you don't have a spouse or significant other who is exceptionally talented with an iron (since it is clear that no male lawyer here knows how to iron.

3. If it has an advertisement or a business logo on it, don't wear it.

4. If it doesn't have a collar, don't wear it.

5. Polo- type shirts which look like they have been crumpled in the back corner of your closet floor do not count as acceptable business casual attire. This is true even when you attempt to smooth them out for 15 seconds before you put them on in the morning.

6. The same thing goes for khaki pants or reasonable facsimiles thereof. They should be pressed and have a crease.

7. Socks are required in a business environment, no matter what Esquire magazine says.

8. Shoes need polish....like weekly.

9. If in doubt, wear the same color of belt, socks and shoes.

10. Most days you should wear a sport coat with the rest of what constitutes your "casual dress." This is still a law office and coats are generally a part of the kind of casual business dress we allow / tolerate / reluctantly permit.

The partner concluded his friendly missive by saying, "unless you want to wear suits daily, I suggest you invest some of your hard-earned money not yet taxed by our friends in the federal government (who are probably monitoring this email) on improved casual business dress, or in making your local, hardworking dry cleaner more prosperous." See less -

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