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Type of sport coat for summer associate?
« on: May 16, 2009, 02:55:30 PM »
I know sport coat/wool slacks/dress shirt is pretty much the standard for most law firms.  But is there a specific kind of sport coat a summer should wear?  I know for interview suits there were all kinds of "requirements" for # of buttons/colors/material...what about sport coats?  Pretty much anything (besides ridiculous colors) goes?  Can someone post a few pictures of what good sport coats would be?

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Re: Type of sport coat for summer associate?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2009, 08:18:36 PM »
Depends on your style and the firm.  J. Press has some great 3/2 button sack sports coats on clearance right now.  Brown is a great sportscoat color.  A subtle plaid is usually well received.  If you don't get a sack style jacket, then get a two button. 

Black/White herringbone in a coarse wool can be a nice look.  And the classic blue blazer with brass buttons is pretty classy.

This is for business casual events, right? 

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Re: Type of sport coat for summer associate?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2009, 11:50:46 PM »
Not events, just daily use.  I guess our dress code is pretty much slacks/sport coat/tie.

My firm is in a somewhat "trendy" area.  Lets just say it's not exactly your old school Southern firm.

Thanks for your help.  Any tips on what fabrics I should avoid?  I'm guessing wool is usually the way to go?

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Re: Type of sport coat for summer associate?
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2009, 01:38:34 AM »
Wool is always good.  Wool/Cashmere blends can be nice.  If you're in a hot area, there are some good cotton options out there, just make sure it's a fully structured and lined jacket so that it doesn't look like a casual jacket.

I'm fond of wearing waistcoats, so that I can take off my jacket when I'm seated, but still have something other than shirtsleeves going.  Then again, I've always worn suits at work, except on Fridays...  on Fridays I prefer to wear dresses.

As an aside, I'd try to pin down what the dress code is exactly, rather than guessing.