In a recent post titled “Why Do Lawyers Wear Suits”, we playfully explored the idea of the importance – or lack thereof – of a suit and tie for legal professionals. The post drew some interesting commentary warranting a re-posting of the article here!
Are suits just another example of “form over substance” for lawyers and law firms? I haven’t worn a suit in five years, except to court. I deal with very powerful and important clients, as well as average business people and layman. Clients feel more comfortable when they’re not sitting across from a stuffed suit. No client has ever been taken aback by the fact that I wasn’t wearing a suit. In fact, more often than not, neither were they.
The concept that lawyers need to wear suits to meet their client’s expectations is ridiculous in most instances. Clients aren’t that stupid. They want good lawyers and good results. They don’t care if their legal professional is wearing nothing but underwear while they accomplish those results.