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What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:25 pm

Question is in thread title. Should I go buy polish for my loafers, or can I wear puma-style suede shoes? Is "business" an implied term when a firm writes the word "casual" on an invitation?

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:27 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Question is in thread title. Should I go buy polish for my loafers, or can I wear puma-style suede shoes? Is "business" an implied term when a firm writes the word "casual" on an invitation?

I would still wear slacks and a polo. It IS a recruiting event after all.

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby chadwick218 » Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:36 pm

If this is a law firm reception, I would wear business casual (very nice slacks, polished shoes, and either a button down or dressy polo shirt).
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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:05 pm

I always just wear a suit but with the tie in a pocket. saves having to have separate outfits for different levels of casualness, and you can immediately switch to more formal if you find it necessary

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby Dingo McPhee » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:50 pm

What would you like to be wearing when you meet the senior partner? Wear that.

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:55 pm

i work at a v5 law firm as a paralegal and i would say that you should either definitely wear a suit or dark dress pants and a button down. do not wear slacks...

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby paratactical » Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:15 pm

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby El Orance » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:13 pm

Dingo McPhee wrote:What would you like to be wearing when you meet the senior partner? Wear that.


spiderman outfit it is, then

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:34 pm

chadwick218 wrote:If this is a law firm reception, I would wear business casual (very nice slacks, polished shoes, and either a button down or dressy polo shirt).

To be more specific, the reception is at a place called "Good Time Charley's." It's not like we'll be in the lobby of the Four Seasons... Does this change anything?

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby ancientone » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:44 pm

Dress trousers, button-down shirt (something with a not-too-loud pattern is good), dress shoes. Maybe a jacket if you want.

Press your clothes and try to keep them looking freshly pressed (don't put them on and wear them around the house for 45 minutes before leaving).

Edit: Don't wear a polo. Or khakis.

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby paratactical » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:48 pm

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby chadwick218 » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:09 pm

chadwick218 wrote:If this is a law firm reception, I would wear business casual (very nice slacks, polished shoes, and either a button down or dressy polo shirt).


For me personally, I would wear very nice dress slacks, a button down shirt, and a jacket.

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:43 pm

tweed jacket
white shirt with broad checks in dark blue and light blue
dark knitted tie
(tie bar optional)
brown belt
navy chinos
no socks
dark brown loafers with tassels
white hankerchief in jacket pocket

edit: and a panama hat. and a cane.

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby underdawg » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:27 pm

def no polos or khakis. come on now

shirt and dress pants, perhaps a tie

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby Da Stain » Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:55 pm

So glad, I didn't have to deal with this today. My interview ended at 5:30, reception at 6. So i just ditched the coat and tie fully confident they wouldn't think anything of it.

If I DIDN'T just finish the interview, I'd still have done this. It looks more normal, to just wear the suit you had minus coat and/or tie, since they don't know if you had interviews all day either. This would be my suggestion: Look like you just came from interviews/ended your work day.

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby gollymolly » Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:33 pm

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:38 am

Went with the button-down shirt and nice dark pants...and I was one of the best-dressed guys there. Only one of the lawyers wore a suit, and he went without the tie and was guzzling beers.

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby edcrane » Thu Aug 20, 2009 2:16 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Went with the button-down shirt and nice dark pants...and I was one of the best-dressed guys there. Only one of the lawyers wore a suit, and he went without the tie and was guzzling beers.


What range firm was this, and was it NY?

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:44 am

V50, Chicago office.

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby Dick Whitman » Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:16 am

It's very hard to look overdressed in a suit. Don't wear a tie to a casual event, though.

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby Kohinoor » Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:56 pm

Dick Whitman wrote:It's very hard to look overdressed in a suit. Don't wear a tie to a casual event, though.

It's actually extremely easy to look overdressed in a suit. Is anyone else wearing a suit? No? You look overdressed.

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Re: What constitutes "casual" dress for a law firm reception?

Postby Dick Whitman » Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:23 pm

Kohinoor wrote:
Dick Whitman wrote:It's very hard to look overdressed in a suit. Don't wear a tie to a casual event, though.

It's actually extremely easy to look overdressed in a suit. Is anyone else wearing a suit? No? You look overdressed.


Not if anyone else is wearing a collared shirt or a coat.




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