Everything you wanted to know—but were afraid to ask—about what to wear at work and at those dreaded firm outings during the long, hot summer. Here are our favorite Careerist fashion posts for the season:
1. Bikini, One-Piece, or Burka? The firm's summer outing at that superexclusive country club is looming. You are told to bring casual clothes, a cocktail dress or jacket, and a bathing suit. What—bathing suit? Yikes. More terrifying than working for the most ogreish partner at the firm is having to don a swimsuit in front of him at the summer retreat. What do you do? (Click here to read.)
2. Little Toe Peep. The debate goes on: Can you wear open-toe shoes at the law firm or in court? "Toes and feet are either unattractive, or, in the rarer case, maybe sexy," says one lawyer. Others say, relax—what's the big deal? Flash those toesies; let them breathe. (Click here to read.)
3. High-Power Lawyers Wear Flip-Flops. We're serious. At one elite firm, flip-flops are de rigueur. "We take casual dress to a whole new level. The only dress code we have is that you to have something between your feet and the carpet—and that's because our insurance company requires it!" (Click here to read.)
4. Lilly Pulitzer at the Law Firm. They are nauseatingly cheery and hopelessly adorable. They don't reflect my real persona, but for reasons that would take a Freudian analyst to explain, I can't resist them this time of the year. But here's the issue: Can you wear those darling Lillys to the office and be taken halfway seriously? (Click here to read). (Related post: Neon in the Workplace.)
5. Time for a Little Cleavage? Even if you don't mean to, you inevitably show a bit more skin in the summer. So why not flash a bit of cleavage—the women's power tie—strategically? (Click here to read.)
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