Reader H is gearing up for trial out of town, and wondering what to wear when she’s working late in the war room…
Courtroom Attire for Women Lawyers
What is the best courtroom attire for women lawyers? What are the best suits to wear to court -- and must you wear heels and pantyhose? We discuss many topics relating to conservative offices and looking professional as a young woman -- but below is collection of our best posts discussing fashion questions about court appearances. Pantsuits or skirt suits? Interesting/fun suits? The best budget suits? We've talked about it all. These other features and guides may be of interest to you, as well:
- our frequently updated Guide to Interview Attire
- our frequently updated Guide to Comfortable Heels
- our popular Suit of the Week feature
- for more casual days where you don't need a suit, check out our daily workwear reports, suggesting one item of work-appropriate clothing in a range of prices (Mondays are splurges; Fridays are always under $50!) -- as well as our Wardrobe Essentials for Work page, with all of our favorite basics for work like blouses, skirts, pants and more.
- just starting out? Check out our resources for summer associates!
When is the right time to wear pearls? We’ve talked about how to buy pearls, but Reader C sent in a super short email wondering when to wear them… One of my favorite jewelry pieces is my strand of Mikimoto pearls that I got for my 30th birthday. They were an investment piece, and they … Read More about When Should You Wear Pearls?
Are short-sleeved suits appropriate for young women in professional jobs — or are they horribly frumpy and tacky? Reader C wonders. What are your thoughts on short-sleeved suits? Appropriate or tacky? To provide some context, I am an attorney in my late 20s in Kansas City, and I work for a non-profit which is generally … Read More about Short-Sleeved Suits: Yea or Nay?
A number of readers had problems getting through courthouse metal detectors, so we shared our best tips for women lawyers at the courthouse metal detectors.
So a few weeks ago there was this survey: more makeup makes you look more competent. Or so they say. This seems like exactly the kind of thing we should explore here… hence today’s open thread. Do you think makeup or eyeliner says anything about your competence? Let’s Assess The Models’ Competence Based on Eyeliner … Read More about Eyeliner & Competence: An Open Thread
Update: We’ve still stand by this advice on looking great the day after the all-nighter, but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion of the best makeup products to fake a good night’s sleep.We’ve all been there — stuff needs to get done, and stuff needs to get done now. In the high-stress job, the all-nighter … Read More about Looking Great The Day After the All-Nighter
Throwing on a suit in the morning is one thing — but how do you wear a blazer with a non-suit outfit? What is the perfect black blazer to keep at the office? What are the best tips for how to wear a blazer with something other than a suit? Reader B wonders this question, … Read More about How to Wear a Blazer With Something Other Than a Suit
March 2018 Update: We just updated our Guide to Suits! Our new “Guide to Women’s Suits” is now up! What are the best tips you have for basic women’s suiting? What brands are your favorite? What is your ideal interview attire — or what would you recommend as the ideal courtroom attire for women lawyers? … Read More about Introducing: The Corporette Guide to Women’s Suits
An injured woman lawyer wondered: could she wear flats to court?
2021 Update: We still stand by the advice in this older post on what to wear for a month in court, but you may also be interested in our recent discussion on whether women lawyers can wear interesting suits to court, or our general advice on courtroom attire for women lawyers! Today’s reader mail comes from a reader … Read More about What to Wear for a Month in Court
2021 Update: We still stand by this advice on pregnant lawyer style — but you may also want to check out our discussion on maternity suits for professional women on our blog for working moms, as well as our latest discussion here on what to wear to work while pregnant. We were out and about at … Read More about Pregnant Lawyer Style File: A Bun in the Oven and a Mother in Court