I've been looking up New York law firms, and I'm surprised by how prevalent business casual actually is. I imagine it's now the norm even in the top tier firms, excepting the very old white shoe firms with addresses at Wall or Broad street, etc. Certainly, it's the norm in the top firms located midtown. It's even listed as a "perk" in profiles given out to second year students. That said, I've met partners who've joked that it's annoying because they'd rather have everyone agree to wear suits or go smart casual. Otherwise, they have no use for another set of clothes built around sport coats and khakis. I was thinking, though, that if you prefer wearing a suit, the trend opens up options. You can wear more interesting suits, check shirts, ties in less formal colors and prints, and, most of all, lighter brown shoes. Basically, you get to play around with all these less formal tweaks to formal business wear. Do you think this is a positive way of looking at business casual?