Here's a thought: If you become known as the guy who's always got a suit and tie, you'll become the guy who gets called with "Hey - I've got a hearing in civil 12, can you cover it for me?" It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. Dress like you're ready for court, and you'll end up going to court. (Yes - I too, am a litigation attorney) More likely, someone will ask to borrow your clothes to do the hearing themselves. At my old firm, associates who wore suits every day seemed to be perceived as fitting one of two groups: (1) people who didn't like to wear anything else out of long habit or ease of coordination (white shirt and conservative tie every day), and (2) people who were perceived as suckups wanting to dress like the management team to help curry favor. The former group had more friends in their peer group, while the latter contained a higher percentage of future partners.