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Employers do want your personality and your brain but you never get a second chance to make a first impression. In this case, although I love my comfortable A-line and full-skirted dresses, I would still go for something less comfortable such as a sheath dress, at least during interview phase.
Once I have the job, I can show my personal style a bit more within office culture. West Coast — quite likely yes. Of course, interviews are always a notch more dressy than everyday work wear, but still, here, you could risk looking like a n00b college recruit if you go into an interview wearing a matchy-matchy suit to an interview. It may be true in other professions that you can be overdressed in a suit but in large law firms which is what the OP is asking about that is totally the norm, even in Silicon Valley.
Having interviewed attorneys for a large-ish Silicon Valley IP office, I would say all but one woman wore a basic black, navy, or gray suit. She wore a wrap dress and a non- matching jacket. But her outfit did raise a few questions. As long as the colors are professional stick with navy, black, or gray , the dress is around knee length, and the pieces are tailored match, I say yes, definitely.
Personally, I think it can look better than a regular suit. I have looked askance at interview attire in the past, but only when the person looked sloppy or inappropriate e. I interviewed for my current job at a biglaw firm while wearing a Theory sheath dress and matching suit jacket — so yes! I think it looks more formal, personally. I also think the a sheath dress with a matching jacket looks more formal. I never heard of it being considered less formal until I saw this thread….
I am in West Coast big law, regularly interview candidates, and I would think it is weird if someone wore this to an interview. The goal of dressing for an interview should be to wear nothing that is going to distract your interviewer.
So you go very conservative. Not OK because it distracted me from what she was saying plus I thought she had poor judgment. The same story about someone who wore a bright orange shell under her suit. This sort of things for a business meeting?
Probably, as long as it is not with a conservative client. You make an interviewee suffer because she wore orange? I just think it is inappropriate for an interview. You dinged someone for wearing an orange shirt under an otherwise appropriate interview suit? That strikes me as a bit harsh.
I guess this is a lesson to always err on the conservative side, because you just never know what matters to some folks. You are the problem. I expect interviewees to wear something that they think would be appropriate to wear to court. A bright orange shell is not appropriate to wear to court, at least the federal courts that the vast majority of attorneys at my firm practice in. Once you an in an office? I practice in federal court and wear bright colors all the time.
None of the judges have ever had a problem with it and some have actually complimented my style. I would never ever let a more junior on my team go to court like that because the risk. I like bright colors. Im a partner in a biglaw firm and have been practicing almost 15 years. I wear bright blouses, dress suits etc to federal court all the time. And, do men ever wear different colored ties?
Patterns on their suits? Would you judge them if they strayed from a more conservative blue, yellow or red tie? What if it had stripes with purple or orange or green? Would you think poorly of them? An interview is not the time to stand out? Certainly not as weird, but plenty of people reach for an accessory or other small touch like an unusual color for a shirt worn under a jacket in order to stand out a bit.
Anonymous Associate, I think you left out the critical part of a sentence. Wearing an otherwise appropriate orange shirt is fine. In fact, I hate most bright colors. They just have to fit into the definition of appropriate interview attire. I think Orange Top Interviewee dodged a bullet by presumably not getting an offer at your firm.
Have you been to state court lately? At the state court in Chicago I saw lots of lawyers who looked like they were headed to the gym, a nightclub, or maybe golfing. The relative matchiness of suiting separates is not really part of the conversation!
I practice in federal court, so this could be where the difference arises. I have seen a female partner I work with be asked to leave the courtroom because she her shirt was too low cut and it came right below her collarbones! Her shirt was honestly completely fine. And my opposing counsel was once asked to leave the courtroom because she was wearing open-toed shoes really, just peep toes.
Admittedly, both of those incidents were NOT in California courts, but were in fairly rural federal courthouses. Also, I do real work. So do the associates that I manage. A lot of real work comes from people at all levels on a team, including paralegals. Do you practice in Utah or somewhere there is a huge religious group that is very modest? I am boggled by this. I have not been to federal court and am not likely to in my current career track.
If I were to do so, I would probably err on the side of super formal, so in that respect I agree with the stick up her you know what re peep toes and bright colors. A t-shirt with logo over slacks, and this weird mumu dress thing that had an interesting keyhole in the back perfectly located to show much of her very obvious bra strap.
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