HJO wrote:I'm not saying that I would do this everyday, but it can be done. I would feel comfortable wearing any of these combos "to the office". It doesn't look dweeby at all to me and it may be we just have differing opinions, but in no way are you objectively right.
A decent enough reason to not wear the button-down to the office is that I would give you incessant shit about it as a fellow associate. Any time we go to the courthouse, asking you whether you'd like to get dressed first; asking waitstaff in restaurants whether you meet the dress code at lunch; bringing new paralegals into your office to show them what not to wear; and so on. I'd be doing it just to give you a hard time, but why would you want to give me that opportunity?
You don't have to be worried about what the average suit-wearing person thinks about button-downs, or even what the average lawyer thinks of them. You have to be concerned that a single partner agrees with me. If even a single partner does, you're in trouble. They might just give you a hard time, but they might send you home, something that they might remember when it comes time to vote on you becoming a shareholder. Why are we still talking about this?
As to pinstripes, on an interview suit, definitely not. As an associate, you'll be inside, so you'll be able to tell what is cool or not. Almost everywhere, they'll be perfectly acceptable, so long as they're simple and classic (you might want to go exceptionally conservative with any pinstripes as a summer associate or if layoffs are pending). Windowpanes, lighter suits, and just about everything else comes in as well.