BY LIANE JACKSON
It wasn’t long ago that professional dress for lawyers was constrained and predictable. Womenswear was derivative of menswear, closets were full of monochromatic color schemes, and nude pantyhose or a jacket and tie were part of the daily uniform. It was an era of boxy-shouldered suits, when business casual was an oxymoron and dress codes were often strictly enforced.
These days, legal fashion has loosened up. Depending on where you live and your practice area, women are sporting sleeveless dresses at work and men are wearing dress shoes with no socks.
“We have a generation that has never worn pantyhose in their life, and that’s great,” says Tasha Brown, an attorney and business development executive at DLA Piper‘s Chicago office. “I remember going to stores and stocking up on nude hosiery–that was what you did. That’s a change and a welcome one. I also see more color and flair where everything used to be navy and black. That’s nice–it’s good to have pops of color where we didn’t even have those before.”