I work in a corporate law firm with 65 attorneys in my office, 65 clerks, and maybe 40 paralegals. I was told the dress code wasshirt and tie monday-thursday, and "corporate casual" on friday which means no tie. I walked in my first day with a navy blazer, tie, and chinos and the head of HR looked at me and said, "don't ever come to work in a jacket again." Then she made me put it in my car. Having been in the office for two weeks I've seen what everyone else wears. All the attorneys wear a shirt and tie without a jacket (they dont even bring the jacket with them). If they are going to court, they obviously wear a full suit.
I don't like it, I'd rather wear a jacket and no tie, then a tie and no jacket, but I can't complain since they are giving me my paycheck.
What a shower of arseholes. Surely it's either a formal or casual office? I can understand the business casual stipulation to make sure folk aren't coming to work in Havianas. But this just sounds like A1 fuckwittery.
This sort of thing actually makes me angry. Not only because it's a sartorial abomination (what next, 'can't wear those shoes, they're too nice. Go and find some shitey chiselled toed efforts in crap leather with a rubber sole'?) but because it's corporate wankerishness at its worst.
First warning flag that your law firm has issues. My suspicion is that your law firm has 1-2 all powerful partners that have dictated how they believe everyone should be dressing based on some outdated ideal. Truly, truly bizarre in a day and age where more and more clients tell their attorneys to dress down for meetings and leave the tie at home. I see the suit with no tie look in corporate America much more than the tie, no jacket look.
In most of the business casual meetings I attend guys are either in suit sans tie or shirt and pants sans jacket and tie.