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BigLaw Suit Requirement?

BigLaw Suit Requirement?
« on: November 18, 2006, 02:48:23 PM »
Big firms generally require suit and tie dress every day. Do they have to be dark suits? Are my grey, tan and brown suits now useless? What's the norm here? Thanks.

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Re: BigLaw Suit Requirement?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2006, 02:54:46 PM »
Your first sentence may be incorrect; here, in Boston, most firms have adopted a business casual dress code policy.  In other places, I think they might be more strict, but I'm not sure.

Re: BigLaw Suit Requirement?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2006, 02:58:56 PM »
Some firms are suit-and-tie shops; while other firms would rather you wear collar shirts and slacks, so it just depends. The obvious caveat is everything changes at the beckon of the client. Generally when a suit is required darker colors work better. Charcoal grey can pass.  

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Re: BigLaw Suit Requirement?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2006, 04:39:37 PM »
Are you a man or a woman?  Women generally get a little more play, but generally, darker is better.

And I'd check before rushing out to buy 5 new suits; as JD said, many large firms are business casual now (Atlanta is another city that's largely business casual)

Re: BigLaw Suit Requirement?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2006, 04:43:04 PM »
City, Chicago. Not sure if that makes a difference.

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Re: BigLaw Suit Requirement?
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2006, 07:13:26 PM »
City, Chicago. Not sure if that makes a difference.

Just watch out for Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago.

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Re: BigLaw Suit Requirement?
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2006, 06:01:22 PM »
Big firms generally require suit and tie dress every day. Do they have to be dark suits? Are my grey, tan and brown suits now useless? What's the norm here? Thanks.


Just ask whoever your recruiting or summer associate coordinator is at Jones Day to find out what the dress code will be next summer.

That being said, I'd go with a polyester liesure suit. Make sure you wear a giant gold medallion too. You want to fit in, so be sure not to forget the medallion.

Re: BigLaw Suit Requirement?
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2006, 08:00:29 PM »
The grey and brown suits might work if they are a dark color.  For grey, the recommended suit color for lawyers is charcoal grey.  For brown, you just have to be careful.  You don't want to become known as the guy in the poop suit.  Depending on the people who see you in it, that might be an unavoidable title no matter what color of brown your suit is.  :(

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Re: BigLaw Suit Requirement?
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2006, 02:28:04 AM »
Charcoal or navy are good.  I haven't seen a lot of black suits, though.  Tan or brown strike me as wrong.

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Re: BigLaw Suit Requirement?
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2006, 01:59:12 PM »
I hear seersucker is coming back.