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Well, the eternal US academic dilemma - what shall I wear! From my humble experience as an academic being very well put together will give you more attention and courtesy form your students compared with your colleagues that sport a more "de-structured" outfit. I tend to have more sport coats than suits, I go no-tie from time to time, but a very elegant professor will be more respected by his/her students than a sloppy one - it is all about the message: if I am sloppy as a...
In Eastern Europe - depends really where are you moving - you will find metal taps, that all decent cobblers will put on your shoes. You should do some intelligence work among the local people - not the expat community - on who is the best cobbler (you might find also cordwainers ), give a tour of his shop, see what shoes is he working on, etc.
With a dark grey one will be better, and I would not wear a tie with converses!
Welcome, first of all! Being on the portly side is not a challenge (to be P.C. I am also "gravitationally challenged"). Despite the popular belief in the US, well fed people are not a bunch of slob idiots! The magic word is FIT. A good tailor can shave 20 pounds of your silhouette, despite the fabric or what else. Yes, darker colors are better, pinstripe is going to add a good visual effect, but the most important thing is how things are fitting you. If you are in a...
Quote: Originally Posted by Douglas I always understood that cedar trees did some moisture absorbing that was critical. Have I understood incorrectly? Or will plastic do just fine for the 3 weeks I'm on the road? Yes, but they are not light ... How many pairs do you take for a 3 week rotation? If you are taking only 2 pairs, there will be alot of stress on them. On the other hand, the plastic ones are opened, so there will be ventilation!...
Plastic ones (on a spring) and you can put also some socks.
Yep, shoes are one of the first things looked up (even before the car). The quality of the shoes speaks more to ladies than to the average male. Battered, unkept, low quality shoes are a bad sign!
Sorry if you felt offended! I will go with a story that is probably very well known to you as a lawyer - it is about Cicero (who was the most formidable trial lawyer of Rome). Cicero's success was based, largely, by the use of what was called then the "School of Rhodes" vs. the dominant "Asianic" school - i.e. the very thrifty use of gesture, clear but potent language, logic over rhetoric. When your juror said to you that you look to "slick tongued lawyer" (and that can be...
Bought a Barba tie from them, had all the tags and every thing they feel professional, and they have a high street address in Germany, so it will not be easy to sell knock - offs. Take it as it is - not an endorsement, but an info, a kiton suit is more money!
Bad luck, it happens! Clothing is, was, and will be a sign of social status, whatever the society in which you live. You stumbled upon a person who, probably, had already a preconception about lawyers, that had bad experiences with lawyers (personally or in his family) so he fitted you in the mental category of "slick lawyers". One of the problems that I see more with the american society (from outside, over the pond) is that is more or less a society where "uniforms" are...
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