I've practiced for 23 years and what can be worn has changed dramatically. Being a good SF dude, albeit an older SF dude, I started wearing suits after years of every day as casual Friday. I have received much more reaction for wearing suits than bad khakis. Now I started out in largish law, at least for Milwaukee, got wise, and now have run my own firm for the last 16 years. At my first firm, the saying was that you could always tell when a partner was on vacation when he showed up at the firm wearing a blazer. The tie was assumed. The only lawyers who wear suits regularly now are those heading to court. As a business lawyer, I feel I have risked my client relationships more by wearing a suit. But owning my own firm, I don't care what my clients think. I know they like me and my advice. Don't like me? Hire one of the hundreds of other lawyers you know. Having read most of the comments here, I'm so happy I can do what I want, decide how much I want to work and for whom I do the work. I would die working at "Big Law." Why so many get so excited by it astounds me. So bright and so stupid. Now Mafoo can tell me how small I am.