So I'm just going to post what our OCS office emailed us, I found it REALLY helpful. In case anyone cares/wants the OCS opinion:
Rule of thumb: Wear to legal interviews what you would wear to a client meeting or to court.
Attorneys are hired for their judgment, and what you wear to an interview can show potential employers how you execute judgment in at least one arena. Interviews are not an opportunity to make a fashion statement—the goal of your dress is for no one to remember what you were wearing because they are so impressed by your intellect, articulateness, and poise. There is no need to wear an interview uniform of white shirt and black suit, but there are a few guidelines to follow:
a. Suit: Plan to have one or two tailored suits for the interview season, preferably in a dark, neutral color (black, charcoal gray or navy).
i. Women can wear pant suits or skirt suits (skirts should come to the knee, and if you choose to wear a skirt, you should wear nylons either in a skin tone or neutral color). If you choose to wear a skirt, practice sitting down to make sure that it does not rise up in an uncomfortable manner (for you or your interviewer). It is perfectly appropriate for women to wear a suit that consists of a matching dress and blazer.
ii. Men’s and women’s suits can be either a solid color or have a subtle pattern (a light pinstripe or windowpane are common).
iii. Remember that the bulk of interviewing will happen during warm months, so save the heavy wool suits for another time.
iv. Get a second opinion. Consider shopping at a specialty or department store where salespeople can help with fit and tailoring, or shopping with a workplace fashion-savvy friend or family member. Suits are an investment for the long-term. Buy within your budget, and make sure the fabric and fit are worth the expense.
v. Suits rarely fit perfectly off the rack, so make sure to find and purchase your suits with enough time for tailoring (shortening hems, tailoring shoulder width, etc.). Tailoring may take 1-2 weeks.
vi. Many students prefer to have at least two suits so that they can have a backup (in case of spills or stains) and so they can have each suit dry cleaned at least once during OCI (for those of you who haven’t experienced August in Chicago, it can be beautiful, but incredibly hot, humid and sweaty).
b.Shirts/Tops: Men should have ironed button down shirts, either solid (white, light blue or French blue are most common) or a subtle pattern (stripes or checks). Ties can be solid or patterned, but should not stand out (no comic book characters or neon colors). Women can wear button down shirts, sweaters, shells or blouses under suit jackets as long as no cleavage is revealed.
c. Shoes: For men, shoes should be polished and a dark neutral color, worn with socks that are the same color as your pants. For women, heels are not required as long as the shoes are appropriately professional. Shoes should not be open-toed (some attorneys are very annoyed by open-toed shoes, even if they may be fashionable) nor should heels be higher than 3 inches (no stiletto heels, please).
d.Grooming: Men should have haircuts within 1-2 weeks of your interviews. Any facial hair should be trimmed and neat. If you have no facial hair, you need to shave each morning on days that you have interviews. Nails should be trimmed and clean.
Women with longer hair can wear their hair up or down in a professional manner (severe buns are not required, but butterfly clips are not appropriate). If you tend to fidget with your hair, consider wearing your hair up so this does not become a distraction in interviews. Women may choose to wear make-up in muted colors. If you choose to wear nail polish, make sure the color is neutral and not chipped.
e.Jewelry and accessories: Wedding and/or engagement rings are completely appropriate to wear during interviews. Generally, men should not wear jewelry other than a wedding or class ring. Women may choose to wear small earrings and a necklace. Avoid any jewelry that can be a noise distraction (a jangly bracelet, for instance) or will cause you to fidget. Any tattoos should be covered by clothing. We recommend that all candidates wear a watch so that they can be on time for each interview. Note: If you use your cell phone as a watch, be sure to turn it off completely and put it away before entering any interview.