Veyron wrote: mrloblaw wrote:
Veyron wrote:There are like 10 different levels of CK pants (not that you should be buying any of them but w/e). Rack can carry several different levels and, while it wouldn't surprise me if their lowest level overlapped with Ross you really should be buying the lowest level ones anyway. Again, the general rule is if it contains synthetic fibers, don't buy it.
This whole appearances is not important thing is the kid of mentality that leads to midlevels getting laid off with no book and then wondering why they can't find a job. The sad fact is that the work product provided by most lawyers is highly fungible. Perception is a major distinguishing feature in the profession. Skimping on clothes is a penny wise and pound foolish approach.
While it is true that it's an open secret in the profession that there's nothing going on at Wachtell that the typical Cooley grad can't handle, I doubt that sartorial missteps are a common reason for layoffs, unless they're really bloody egregious. I doubt that wearing 20% poly Calvin Klein's qualifies. Just don't be these guys:
With that said, I personally can't stand digging through Ross/TJ Maxx (Or Nordstrom Rack/Saks Off Fifth for that matter). Decent stores have sales frequently enough that with a little patience, you can get similar prices without needing excavation equipment to sift through the fashion catastrophes. You can pick up 75% of requisite business formal and business casual clothing at the upcoming BB sale, for that matter.
It's not a common factor in layoffs but lack of polish is
a common factor in the lack of a book.
Yeah, but few (none in the law profession) can tell the difference between real Brooks Brothers and Brooks Brothers 346. Synthetic/nonfussed doesn't bother me as a poor law student with a family. I mean the dude with the weird pleated full-price slacks is gonna look worse for hire than the dude with $20 target-brand slacks and Van Heusen dress shirts.
I spend money on clothing items that are actually easy to tell the quality of-- shoes, watches, ties, and dress shirts.
I do agree that it is better practice for most to just go to the real store and dig through their mark-down/ sale items. However, if you are bored and don't value your after work time, digging through disgusting crap at Marshalls or Ross for a few gems can be great. This is especially true if you are oddly shaped, like super tall and skinny, wide, or short-- they actually sell real deal stuff for weird-sized people. I actually saw a pair of size 19 Jordans for like $45 for example.
On the other hand, when you do get to Biglaw, you better be buying the real uniform. You are at the top echelon of your profession, and there is no excuse for not buying real clothing.