So our friends over at our sibling site, Above The Law, came to us this afternoon with a little situation. You see they’d posted a story yesterday about how corporate lawyer types were being allowed, and even told, by their big law bosses to dress “down” during the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh so as not to draw unwanted attention from the protesters that follow this meeting wherever in the world it is held.
But, what to wear some readers asked? So we decided to step in with a few suggestion (even jeans are allowed!)
My first thought for the ladies was to definitely keep it simple: a dark fitted jean (I’m currently obsessed with my “Curvy” style from the 1969 collection at the Gap), maybe a cool not suit-y black blazer, with a striped tee underneath and a simple black boot. Subtle, professional, but not too corporate lackey.
Or throw in a little retro vibe plus color, like this look from fall Chris Benz. Maybe I’m wrong, but brights don’t scream Big Law to me. The other option I came up with was to go luxe boho, like you’re part of the professional counterculture, if you will. Maybe something along the lines of this Anna Sui print with some black tights and a slouchy bag.
Apparently the guys are allowed to wear golf shirts, but that just makes me think of my dad and I would think is kind a red flag that you’re a lawyer in casual disguise. Gentlemen, I saw get thee to Steven Alan and pick up a nice gingham or cool check print button down. Pair it with a slim navy or black pant, and a cool sneaker. Or if you want to sport a blazer, wear a t-shirt underneath, and definitely work the Chucks or something of that ilk.
That’s my two cents, but I don’t work in this sort of environment and never have, so I open the door to all of you dear readers for your many suggestions.