Pocket Squares in BigLaw?

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  1. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    ahh, i dont think thats going to help.

    somehow i dont think...."oh i just had my private tailor in Naples Italy whip these up for me" is going to deter any attention. [​IMG]

    I think its great, but its probably not going to help your case.


    Hmm. Well, I could fine-tune it, but I'd also hope that most people have no clue that Naples is reputed for its tailors.
     


  2. mafoofan

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    "my wife/gf bought it for me when we visited naples" should work better.

    Aha. Beautiful.
     


  3. SkinnyGoomba

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    that'll work! props to vitaminC thats a damn good answer.
     


  4. SkinnyGoomba

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    Hmm. Well, I could fine-tune it, but I'd also hope that most people have no clue that Naples is reputed for its tailors.

    they make the jump....Italy and expensive clothes are usually connected in people's minds.
     


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    This thread is [​IMG] without josepidal.
     


  6. SkinnyGoomba

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    Hmm. Even my close friends who I converse openly with seem to be taken aback by the price of things. I think any partner at my firm would be extremely put-off by a first-year associate saying something to the effect of: "Oh, it's a Rubinacci I got for $XXXX last week. If you like it, I can make a few calls to Naples and see if Mariano can fit you in." Maybe you can pull it off, but I'm pretty sure I'd just come off as an obnoxious snot.

    I dont know if it will work with the bespoke clothes, but it works for me, most of my friends and family as me for help when they need to get dressed for an occasion.

    Dont mistake this for me going around openly bragging, i dont, i just to avoid the topic of clothes and how much money i spend on them, but when it arises i often just offer my assistance.
     


  7. zalb916

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    I just try to turn everything into business so people dont get the jealous seed.

    Rather then come off arrogant i say something like, oh i just picked up "X" suit for "X" price, next time you're in a market for a suit give me a hollar and i'll get you a good price on the suit your in the market for.


    I realize that you position yourself as a bit of a businessman, so talking about money matters with potential clients may be part of your normal interactions. Generally, though, talking about money in any way is pretty uncouth.
     


  8. SkinnyGoomba

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    I'm simply offering up what works for me, it may or may not work for other people.

    if you guys are uncomfortable talking about money, then its best to avoid it.

    this should be no different then people asking about your car, your watch, your house or anything else thats expensive.
     


  9. mafoofan

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    I'm simply offering up what works for me, it may or may not work for other people.

    if you guys are uncomfortable talking about money, then its best to avoid it.

    this should be no different then people asking about your car, your watch, your house or anything else thats expensive.


    To an extent, I agree that talk of money is unavoidable. When someone directly asks you, "How much did you pay for that?," it's extremely difficult to avoid giving an answer without seeming like a jerk. But then, I guess by the time someone actually asks that, they're probably all too ready to be offended.

    The only time I'm okay talking prices is when speaking to other enthusiasts, close family members, or close friends.
     


  10. AR_Six

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    Here's another question: I'm applying to firms next fall hoping for a summer position in between my 2nd and 3rd year of law school. This involves a lot of firm tours (more casual, likely pants and a sportcoat, maybe even no coat) and a few wine and cheese events (at which I'm expected to be wearing a suit). Would it be inadvisable to wear a pocket square to these things? Particularly the latter, the point of which is both to introduce myself to people from various firms (which may help me get an interview) as well as coming to some conclusions as to where I'd prefer to work. I'd think being memorable would help with the getting an interview thing. Thoughts?
     


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    I'm simply offering up what works for me, it may or may not work for other people. if you guys are uncomfortable talking about money, then its best to avoid it. this should be no different then people asking about your car, your watch, your house or anything else thats expensive.
    The general rule of decorum is not to protect the speaker from discomfort. He should obviously know what makes him feel comfortable. It's to protect the person you are taking to from feeling uncomfortable.
     


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  13. mafoofan

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    Here's another question: I'm applying to firms next fall hoping for a summer position in between my 2nd and 3rd year of law school. This involves a lot of firm tours (more casual, likely pants and a sportcoat, maybe even no coat) and a few wine and cheese events (at which I'm expected to be wearing a suit). Would it be inadvisable to wear a pocket square to these things? Particularly the latter, the point of which is both to introduce myself to people from various firms (which may help me get an interview) as well as coming to some conclusions as to where I'd prefer to work. I'd think being memorable would help with the getting an interview thing. Thoughts?

    I think you need to consider your own personal situation. If you're going to feel the most comfortable and confident wearing a square, I imagine those advantages may easily outweigh any negative impressions people might have.

    I would keep it tasteful, though. I wonder how many negative impressions result from people dressing loudly rather than from dressing up.
     


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    Here's another question: I'm applying to firms next fall hoping for a summer position in between my 2nd and 3rd year of law school. This involves a lot of firm tours (more casual, likely pants and a sportcoat, maybe even no coat) and a few wine and cheese events (at which I'm expected to be wearing a suit). Would it be inadvisable to wear a pocket square to these things? Particularly the latter, the point of which is both to introduce myself to people from various firms (which may help me get an interview) as well as coming to some conclusions as to where I'd prefer to work. I'd think being memorable would help with the getting an interview thing. Thoughts?

    These kind of firm receptions should be pretty much treated like a pre-interview. From what I understand, when firms make their hiring decisions, they consult not only the actual interviewers from the formal interview, but also attorneys who attended these receptions to gather their impressions. So to these receptions, wear whatever you would be comfortable wearing to an interview in terms of flashiness. Obviously, don't wear a suit if the invitation calls for business casual.
     


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    That doesn't come across as bragging or crass? I never discussed the price of my clothes with my co-worker. Ideally, I would not talk about my clothes at all. If someone asks, I try to keep it vague but still true.

    I'm not sure I'd ever feel comfortable trying to convince someone my Rubinacci really came from Jos A. Bank, even if it would work.


    When I was a summer associate, another summer associate complimented me on the suit I was wearing and asked who made it. I told him Hickey Freeman, and he knew the brand (and likely how much Hickey suits retail for), and he asked me where I got it. I told him I bought it new off ebay, which was true. He looked surprised and I got the impression that he was somewhat skeptical that anyone could buy nice clothes off ebay. I guess when it comes down to it, as a law student at the time, I would rather have people think I was a bit odd than think I was a lavish spender.
     


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