As many of you know I am a lawyer in recovery or rehabilitation (per Kate Carruthers). Accordingly it is with some relief and a fair bit of fatigued surprise to read that the silent dress code police are alive and well and picking on women in the legal profession.
My thoughts on dress code bullies have been documented elsewhere in the past in relation to:
as well as female lawyers.
In an age when people send out formal letters by text incorporating phrases like ‘How u going?’ I find it incredible that folk in the legal profession consider that their time is well spent peering at heel heights, hem lengths and hair colours.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons why law firms are losing out on work? The traditions and standards of dress that were once so respected are perhaps now seen as anachronisms of an elitist age.
The Culture of Professional Dressing
There’s been a lot of talk on this blog here and here amongst others, of women’s (and some men’s) experiences as legal practitioners, in terms of what to wear. We could ask why these posts are so popular with readers. Is it because women love clothes? (I mean – you know what women are like, right?) Perhaps. However I have another theory.
It’s about culture – in particular, the dominant culture of the law. Read on.
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