Anonymous User wrote:lawman84 deff struggles, no one listen to its advice.
That shirt tie combo of Mike Weston looks terrible. No client is going to "respect" you in that, no matter how well "earned" it is. Part of "earning" things in this world is unfortunately based on other people's perceptions of you, and how you look is the first thing people see. Your look is part of your overall image, and your overall brand. Your work product is a huge part of your brand as well, and so are other attributes like timeliness. However, that red shirt shows poor judgment (and that'll be reflected in your image). Partners in golf shirts probably don't wear them in front of clients, unless they've already developed a relationship with that client. Also, golf shirts are something you'd see at places that a Biglaw client would be seen, e.g. country clubs, golf courses, at their own offices, etc. You wouldn't catch a lot of people walking into any of those places wearing that Mike Weston getup.
What I'm trying to say is basically... Take a lap.
Lawman is living the dream, man.
The world ain't so black and white.
I get it. Lawyers are risk-averse, conservative people. They don't like to stand out. But it's hard to notice people who do their best not to be noticed. Hell, you anon-posted this when there's no reason at all to go anon here.
I'm not telling anyone to go out and wear the Michael Weston getup. Probably can't pull it off. But I am telling people to stop fretting over what others think and wear what they think looks good (that fits within the business casual or formal approach their law firm takes, of course).
Arbinshire wrote: lawman84 wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:I do lose respect for someone wearing a red dress shirt and red tie, though.
What happens if they pull it off? I had a professor who wore green or orange dress shirts and ties to class. Dude pulled it off. Was perfect for his look. If I tried to wear the same, I'd look like an idiot. I can't hate on that. If you have it, play it up.
You should realize the legal profession is a conservative one. While one might be able to stylistically pull a look off and not look terrible doing so, the senior partner with decades of playing a particular role may not so think so. Granted, circumstances may be different, but those are the exception and certainly not the rule. It would be a rare case indeed that a first-year associate could pull that off and not ruffle a feather or two.
That's the problem with biglaw. It neuters people.