I was once against counsel who wore jodhpurs in court. It was a disconcerting experience; her jacket was all business but below the waist she was a walking Jilly Cooper novel, an all winking thrusting stallions and mounting fillies country weekend fest.
Bizarrely, perhaps, I finally erased the discombobulating image from my mind recently by watching lawyers wear Pom Pom slippers and slinky cat suits (not together) as they strutted down the catwalk. I also horrified a colleague by saying I understood why a couple 'stole' a child, helped Rumpole get to the ball and learnt that joining Isis is often just teenagers sticking two fingers up at family, society and the world.
Yes, it's been an interesting time since my last article.
Let me explain.
Taking the advice given to Alice, I'll start at the beginning.
If manners maketh the man, how much do clothes make the lady lawyer?
I'll leave male lawyers out of this because their court attire doesn't vary that much. A 'fun' tie or 'funky' socks might occasionally *ahem* rock a court case but generally it's the same old, same old. Women's fashion, however, even in the courtroom, can veer from the inappropriate to the super stylish. Judging by the huge turnout at the Lawyers Life 'Law in Style' event a few weeks ago, high achieving lady lawyers eschew the faux feminism that baulks at looking good and choose to dress for success. Dressing well shows respect for your position. Like it or not, research shows again and again that we respond at a subconscious level to how a person is dressed and 'judge' accordingly. Our PM, Theresa 'kitten heels' May is living proof that a good outfit never decreased any woman's mass of brain cells. So, our lawyer models proudly strutted their stuff on the catwalk after a hard day poring over 1000s of pages of statements and expert reports. For photographic evidence of legal style: http://www.itsalawyerslife.com/our-law-in-style-event-part-one/