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post #136 of 164
Wow. Partner at a law firm and scared to wear a pocketsquare ... Presumably you're good at what you do or they wouldn't have made you partner. I suspect the sky won't fall in and you won't get tossed out on your ass if you wear a bit of linen in your suit pocket.
post #137 of 164
Since someone already did the resurrcting of this thread for me (and congrats on partner), I thought I would throw out a few questions. For the suggestion of having a business card ready for your interviews, what do you put on them? They seem kind of empty if you just have Name, phone, email stuck in the center but its not like I have corporate business cards with company design/info on it to give out (unless they decide to let me order some at my current internship). I know a few people who have had some business cards made up with the university of chicago crest and other design elements on it. I'm a graduating senior and while I am proud of the institution, I feel like it is inappropriate to hand out knockoffs of the business cards the actuall employees of the university have. Should I mention the university just to put a little more content on my card?
post #138 of 164
Thread Starter 
I would never expect someone to have a business card coming in from school. In fact, if they did go to all the trouble of making one, I might think they're a little weird -- all of that information is at the top of your resume, after all. Penguin VIC -- I'm not scared. I actually do not own a pocket square yet or I would have given it a try.
post #139 of 164
I met with some general contractors the other day, for the second time, and this time i consciously left out the pocket square which made them very uncomfortable last time. Someone else in the meeting who knows about my involvement on these forums and usually goes out of their way to rib me about it, didn't mention it at all.
post #140 of 164
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post
I've found this thread interesting in that I was raised with a relatively ritualized response to questions about an item's provenance and cost. Maybe it's a Southern thing. But I've got the "This old thing?" response down pretty pat, and it always seems like an ideal solution to me.

I also use a similar trick. "Oh, I think it came from some small-town mens store." You could stretch that to apply to Rubinacci I guess
post #141 of 164
Funny thing I forgot to pass on that may illustrate to you just how foreign a pocket square is in big conservative law firm. Last week I wore my black cashmere sport coat with no tie but had a colorful PS folded neatly peeking out of my poket. An elder partner here asked me in the elevator why I was carrying around my tie in my pocket. LMFAO
post #142 of 164
I just wrote a massive reply to this which the internet ate while I was posting. So I'll summarise. 1. Most older lawyers don't care or are mildly favourable if they're stylish themselves. 2. Young lawyers will rip you about anything, but it's seldom too meaningful. 3. Work for government, and wear whatever the hell you like...
post #143 of 164
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Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post
I just wrote a massive reply to this which the internet ate while I was posting. So I'll summarise. 1. Most older lawyers don't care or are mildly favourable if they're stylish themselves. 2. Young lawyers will rip you about anything, but it's seldom too meaningful. 3. Work for government, and wear whatever the hell you like...
Interesting take.
post #144 of 164
These posts are a good summary of why I vowed fifteen years ago that I would never work for another lawyer again. I was constantly surprised by what assholes other lawyers could be. So I started my own firm with some friends and now when one of my partners says "Nice hankerchief" here in Milwaukee, I smile, pause, and then say "fuck you." They say "fuck you" back and we all laugh. The associates just say I look cool but of course think I'm an asshole. But I sit here happy knowing that, being an asshole, at least I don't work for one.

I think there's a moral in there somewhere

Rob
post #145 of 164
I figured all lawyers dressed like denny crane

http://boston-legal.org/6-object/ima...nctuates-3.jpg
post #146 of 164
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I figured all lawyers dressed like denny crane

http://boston-legal.org/6-object/ima...nctuates-3.jpg

I have a pocket square like that from some British place. Gieves or Hilditch & Key I think.
post #147 of 164
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I have a pocket square like that from some British place. Gieves or Hilditch & Key I think.

Too bad that show has been cancelled. His wardrobe was a treat. Not that I'd wear it but its fun.
post #148 of 164
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These posts are a good summary of why I vowed fifteen years ago that I would never work for another lawyer again. I was constantly surprised by what assholes other lawyers could be. So I started my own firm with some friends and now when one of my partners says "Nice hankerchief" here in Milwaukee, I smile, pause, and then say "fuck you." They say "fuck you" back and we all laugh. The associates just say I look cool but of course think I'm an asshole. But I sit here happy knowing that, being an asshole, at least I don't work for one.

I think there's a moral in there somewhere

Rob

I just graduated from law school, and my plan is to start my own firm at some point. I can't stand the assholes at big firms.
post #149 of 164
You are also less likely to get laid off.

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3. Work for government, and wear whatever the hell you like...
post #150 of 164
Wear one if you like them. I wear them only in trial-and every once in a while at the office. I too get nothing but compliments. However, I only wear white-presidential fold most of the time, and every once in a while single or double point. I wouldn't start out wearing bright pink or florescent blue with green polka dots-that will get you attention in a negative way. Also, no of the "pimp puff" fold or ilk-too rico suave-which may also get you negative attention.
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